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Guidelines for Proposals

USRF has established five areas of funding priority:

1. Rule of Law and Governance
Focus on outreach, education, and training in law, information, media, and activities that build the capacity of Russian citizens to develop and sustain laws, institutions, and practices that enable good governance at the local, regional, and national levels.

2. A Rules-Based Market Economy
Focus on outreach, education, and training in legal, regulatory, economic, and business practices that build the capacity of Russian citizens for private entrepreneurship.

3. Civil Society
Focus on outreach, education, and training in the capacity of citizen groups in Russia to work within their communities to advance projects that develop and advance solutions which improve the well-being of Russian citizens.

4. Expertise and Knowledge
Invest in U.S. expertise and understanding of Russia, and in Russian expertise and understanding of the United States

5. Connections and Linkages
Prioritize proposals that sustain and strengthen U.S.-Russian ties and cooperation.

Potential grantees are encouraged to develop proposals that integrate elements across the five areas, with USRF prioritizing integrative proposals that work in multiple funding areas.

USRF will also prioritize proposals that:

  • Identify clear and plausible methods likely to be effective
  • Generate sustainable expertise and relationships that are not dependent exclusively on single-source funding
  • Build capacity in measurable ways, within Russia and the U.S., and in connections between them

How to Apply

Proposals will be considered three times each year, for decision in October, January, and June.

  • October proposals are due no later than September 1st.
  • January proposals are due no later than December 1st.
  • June proposals are due no later than May 1st.

Please review the grant proposal submission instructions HERE. After reading the instructions, please download and complete the following forms to finalize your submission.

 

  1. Project narrative
  2. Budget narrative
  3. Proposed budget