The Eurasia Foundation is a privately managed nonprofit grantmaking organization established in 1993 with financing from the US Agency for International Development. The Eurasia Foundation supports technical assistance, training, educational, and policy programs in the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States) covering a wide range of activities in economic and democratic reform.
A file describing the first 100 grants is available here.
Programmatic Focus The Eurasia Foundation's programmatic focus includes: Private Sector Development: Includes management training, business education, economics education, small business development, industrial restructuring assistance, policy advice, and information systems. Public Sector Reform: Includes public administration, public policy advice, and development of non-governmental organizations. Media and Communications: Includes projects in print, broadcast, and electronic media that further the Foundation's goals of economic reform and democratic institution building. The Eurasia Foundation makes grants for technical assistance, training, educational and implementation activities, and policy research. On occasion, it may make modest sums available for items such as computer or communications equipment required to support a technical assistance, educational, training, or research program. The Foundation does not ordinarily make large grants for free- standing international conferences. It may consider limited support for conferences, including travel, primarily for NIS citizens, if a meeting clearly is essential in the long-term development of specific activities relevant to the Foundation's program objectives. The Foundation likewise does not generally fund long-term scholarly exchange programs. The Eurasia Foundation plans to make grants totaling approximately $16 million per year. To date, most grants to American organizations have been for less than $100,000. The Foundation will occasionally make grants in the $100,000 - $150,000 range and, in relatively rare circumstances, may consider larger commitments. Grantmaking to NIS organizations in the initial period of field office operations will generally range from $1,000 to $25,000. As the Foundation gains experience on the ground in the NIS it expects to consider larger commitments to NIS organizations as well. Organizational Structure The Eurasia Foundation has established field offices in Kiev and Moscow. It plans to open additional offices in Central Russia, the Russian Far East, and Central Asia by the beginning of 1994. Field office personnel, who are language and area qualified, are responsible for carrying out small grant programs on the ground. They also assist the Washington, DC office in evaluating grant proposals and monitoring projects. The Washington, DC office, staffed by language and area qualified specialists, is responsible for overall planning and management of the Foundation's programs. It works directly with US-based institutions seeking funding to carry out field programs in the NIS. The Foundation responds rapidly to on the ground, small grant needs through both its field office network and its Washington, DC headquarters. The Eurasia Foundation will actively seek collaborative relations with other institutions and individuals interested in reform in the NIS. It will welcome private funds in collaboration with or in support of its work. Grantmaking Criteria The Eurasia Foundation's general grantmaking criteria are consistent with its charitable and educational purposes as follows: to support private sector development and/or democratic institution building; to produce a significant and sustained effect on the ground in the NIS; and to represent a genuine transfer, adaptation, or creation of skills in the NIS. In reviewing proposals, the Foundation is particularly interested in what the proposed grants will produce on the ground in the NIS and the degree of participation of NIS citizens or institutions in preparing and supporting the grant requests. The Foundation also looks for experience of the applicants in the NIS as an indication of NIS input into the requests. The Foundation's grant selection process is competitive, as limited resources allow the Foundation to support only a small percentage of funds requested by applicants. The Eurasia Foundation's charter allows it to support US 501(c)(3) nonprofit institutions or comparable institutions in the NIS, and government entities in the NIS. It may also on occasion make grants to private for-profit institutions if the grant serves a charitable or educational purpose related to economic reform or democratic institution building and private shareholders or individuals do not benefit from the grant. Since the source of all grants currently made by the Foundation is US Government funds, organizations which receive $25,000 or more are subject to audits in conformance with applicable US Government regulations. Application Procedure To achieve its goals of rapid and flexible funding of qualified programs, the Eurasia Foundation encourages grant seekers to submit proposals at any time. There are no application forms. Before proposals are submitted, a brief letter of inquiry describing program objectives is recommended for the Foundation to determine whether the project falls within its present areas of activity. Proposals need not be elaborate but should include the following information where applicable: Program objectives; Program design and implementation, including time frame, participant selection processes, follow-on strategy, and evaluation procedure; Information about partners in the NIS or US, including letters of support, where appropriate; Qualifications and role of organizations and persons engaged in work; Detailed budget, including in-kind contributions and contributions from other sources; Standing of applications with other funding sources; and Tax and legal status. The proposal will be considered promptly by the program staff. It is the Eurasia Foundation's policy to complete preliminary review within one month. At that time it will either notify the applicant of a decision or request further information about the program. A request for further information does not imply that the Foundation will or will not support the program. It simply indicates that the information is necessary in order to complete the evaluation. Proposals should be submitted to: Program Office The Eurasia Foundation 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Internet: email@example.com Correspondence by electronic mail is encouraged * * * * *