The Department of State Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA): Inviting Applications to enhance the skills of approximately 100 civic and community leaders to more effectively address current economic, environmental, political, and social challenges in their communities.

Donor Name: The Department of State Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
Fund name: Community Solutions Program, FY 2017
Funding Opportunity Number: ECA-ECAPEC-17-028


Funding brief:
The Community Solutions Program seeks to enhance the skills of approximately 100 civic and community leaders to more effectively address current economic, environmental, political, and social challenges in their communities. Through a four- to six-month fellowship, complemented by leadership coaching and development, Community Solutions will provide opportunities for eligible individuals to experience U.S. best practices and learn effective models of public and community engagement, while developing concrete strategies to better address complex issues in their home communities.As a global tool to address community-based challenges, the Community Solutions Program seeks to:- facilitate and strengthen participants’ ability to address complex economic, environmental, political, and social challenges through a U.S.-based fellowship;- provide new skills and resources to enable participants to assume greater leadership roles in their institutions and communities;- provide concrete tools to facilitate leadership development, community engagement, public discourse, collaboration, effective communication, and project implementation and management;- cultivate professional ties with U.S. citizens and American economic, environmental, political, and social institutions through collaborative efforts and follow-on projects;- expand and strengthen the relationship between the people of the United States and other countries to work in partnership to identify solutions to common issues facing both local and global communities; and- create a global network of diverse, multi-disciplinary professionals and civic leaders committed to problem solving and community engagement.

Thematic Areas:
Environmental Issues: Fellowships should focus on issues related to water and resource management, food security, supporting food supplies (at local, regional or national levels) including locally sourced or community agriculture, social entrepreneurship (leveraging science and technology to address ecological and environmental issues), low-carbon technologies, and the use of natural resources, renewable energy, and pollution. Fellowships may also explore the role of educational programs and youth engagement as they pertain to environmental sustainability.
Tolerance and Conflict Resolution: Fellowships should expose participants to issues and strategies addressing tolerance, multi-culturalism, anti-discrimination, inclusion, and conflict resolution. Negotiation skills, the art of compromise, fair treatment and inclusion of minority and marginalized populations, preventing community-based violence, youth engagement, and civil and human rights could also be addressed. Based on participants’ specific interests, fellowships may need to be identified that deal with conflict resolution and crisis response techniques in failing, failed, and post-conflict states and complex emergencies/disasters. Fellowships may also explore the way technology and social media can be utilized as tools for promoting tolerance, inclusion, resolving conflicts, and preventing violence.
Transparency and Accountability: Fellowships should provide exposure to programs, models, and/or institutions related to civil society and civil liberties, grass-roots democracy, good governance, open government, anti-corruption, transparency, accountability, press freedom, and/or fair elections. Fellowships may also explore the role technology and media play in supporting civil society and corporate and public accountability and transparency. Under this theme, the important role of youth engagement and volunteerism could also be addressed.
Women and Gender Issues: Fellowships should focus on issues related to women’s education, empowerment, health, and entrepreneurship. Under this theme, fellowships may also focus on gender issues and equality, preventing exploitation and abuse, including gender-based and domestic violence, and public policies or community perceptions related to gender stereotyping. Special emphasis should be placed on identifying fellowships that will provide exposure to best practices for grassroots organizations working to advance the political, economic, and social empowerment of women and/or the protection of the individuals marginalized because of their gender.

Project Activities Projects should include placement of participants in carefully identified four- to six month fellowships in non-profit organizations and other public and civil society organizations where they will work with seasoned community leaders on complex global challenges related to the participants’ community activities. Strong project designs will ground and augment the fellowship experience with leadership development activities that relate to civic engagement.

Deadline: May 15, 2017

Funding details link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292465

Budget limit: $2,300,000

Project start date: ECA anticipates funding one project for approximately $2,300,000, pending the availability of FY 2017 funds, to take place from approximately August 1, 2017 through August 1, 2019

Project duration: 2 Years

Eligible organization:
Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).
Award recipients must identify the U.S.-based and any foreign-based organizations and individuals with whom they are proposing to collaborate to implement the Community Solutions program, and describe any previous cooperative activities. While having a presence in each eligible country is not required, applicants that demonstrate institutional capacity overseas (whether through their own resources or through partnerships with other organizations or institutions) will be given strong consideration under the “Institutional Capacity and Track Record” criterion. In addition, proposals must demonstrate capacity in the United States to secure effective and appropriate host placements for the participants. Proposals that include letters of commitment from possible U.S-based host organizations will be deemed more competitive under the “Institutional Planning and Track Record” criterion.

Eligibility:  As above
Submission mail: Not Found

Other important link:
Guideline: https://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding
https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/oppECA-ECAPEC-17-028-cfda19.415-cidECA-ECAPEC-17-028-instructions.pdf

How to apply:
Provide double-spaced Executive Summary and Proposal Narrative;
Provide proposal budget per Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or solicitation letter guidelines and Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI);
Mandatory – Provide completed SF-424 “Application for Federal Assistance,” SF-424A “Budget Information – Non-Construction Programs,” and SF-424B, “Assurances – Nonconstruction Programs;”
Number all pages, including proposal narrative, budget and attachments;
Use 8 ½” x 11” paper format. 6. Include other attachments, if applicable, i.e., indirect agreements, form 990, SF-LLL etc
Proposals submitted through Grants.gov must be submitted in any combination of the following formats:
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
ASCII Text
JPEG images
It is recommended that applicants merge/consolidate as many of the files as possible into a single Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat file.

 

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