Apply: Stevens Initiative Covid-19 Response Fund

Deadline: 12 June, 2020

Applications are now open for the Stevens Initiative Covid-19 Response Fund.

Through this response, the Stevens Initiative (SI) aims to engage anyone interested in bringing virtual exchange to youths in their community.

SI is providing resources to help education, exchange, and non-profit organisations in the United States of America, the Middle East and North Africa conduct virtual exchange programmes to engage young people and educators affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

SI views virtual exchange as programmes that use online technology to connect individuals and small groups between countries; are based on a curriculum or activity plan; involve qualified facilitators (such as educators or others); and involve sustained communication and collaboration synchronously (in real time) or asynchronously over a period of time.


  • Anticipated grant size range: $20,000 to $100,000

  • Applying organisations must be based in the United States of America, the Middle East or North Africa
  • Applicants based in the United States of America must be tax-exempt non-profit organisations, including educational institutions. Grant recipients must be registered to conduct proposed activities in the countries where the activities would take place, if applicable
  • Applicants based in the Middle East or North Africa must be non-profit organisations, including educational institutions, that can demonstrate current in-country registration. Other organisations are not eligible to apply, though they may be included as sub-grantees or contract recipients. Staff should be proficient in English, able to file reports and conduct evaluations in English as well as in Arabic or French as appropriate
  • Organisations may submit more than one proposal (for the same or different grant types) if the proposed programmes are distinct and do not involve any overlap in staff, curriculum, participants, etc
  • Participants should be young people in the age range that corresponds to the elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate education levels, and young professionals under the age of 35
  • Past and current recipients of SI grants or USA Department of State funds are eligible to submit applications. These applications must be for programmes that are different from these previously or currently funded activities and do not involve any overlap in staff, curriculum, participants, etc
To apply and for more information, click here.
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