Lisle International: Global Seed Grant Program 2023

GrantsGlobal Seed Grants, Lisle International, Leander, TX, USA. Deadlines: Last date to Request to apply: 1 August 2023; Completed application: 1 September 2023.

Do you have a project idea that will bring people of diverse backgrounds together for shared learning? Lisle International provides Global Seed Grants to support innovative projects which advance intercultural understanding through shared experiences, with the goal of creating a more just social order. Projects may seek to bridge a variety of community divides, including ethnic, cultural, religious, racial or gender perspectives, anywhere in the world.

Lisle International was an early pioneer in intercultural education programming, beginning with US projects in 1936 and expanding internationally in 1952. Since 2004, Lisle has focused on providing small “seed grants” to support programs fostering intercultural understanding.

Grants of $500 to $5,000 are available to innovative projects that match the mission of Lisle. Lisle awards between three and eight grants each year to projects in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Mediterranean Capitals of Culture & Dialogue Grants


Mediterranean Capitals of Culture & Dialogue:
A yearlong celebration of Euro-Mediterranean identity and cooperation, Union for the Mediterranean and Anna Lindh Foundation, for 2025. Deadlines: 23 July 2023.

The Union for the Mediterranean launched the “Mediterranean Capitals of Culture & Dialogue” (MCCD) initiative during their 7th Regional Forum in November 2022. Based on the call of Ministers of Culture of the Euro-Mediterranean region on 17 June 2022 in Naples, as well as the recommendation of more than 200 young representatives from the civil society of over 20 countries at the Forum des Mondes Méditerranéens on 7 February 2022 in Marseille, this initiative was shaped to further promote the diversity and shared identity of the Euro-Mediterranean region and contribute to a better mutual unders- tanding of its peoples.

Two cities will be chosen, one from the North and one from the South; they will collaborate during 2024, and hold events in 2025. They must both be members of the Union of the Mediterranean. Activities will include offering programmes which may include conferences and seminars on topics critical to the region, civic engagement initiatives, and cultural performances that celebrate the Euro-Mediterranean identity and diversity, coordinated by local authorities with the support of a coalition of cultural institutions, schools and universities, sports institutions, civil society organisations, and other relevant actors.

Core objectives:

  • Euro-Mediterranean Identity: Encouraging intercultural dialogue and greater mutual understanding across the Euro-Mediterranean region: the initiative will aim to combine local objectives and realities with solid regional visions.

  • Territorian Cooperation: Promoting innovative partnerships at the local level to enhance regional integration: collaboration will be open to all eligible cities, irrespective of previous cooperation and territorial collocation, to promote fruitful interactions of territories with limited integration.

  • Bottom up Approach: Strengthening the role of civil society, and particularly young people, in shaping Euro- Mediterranean cooperation: every step of the initiative is designed and implemented in close cooperation with networks of youth and civil society actors.

US-Japan Foundation: Communication & Public Opinion Grants 2024


Communication and Public Opinion grants, United States – Japan Foundation for 2024. Deadlines: Letter of inquiry: 30 June 2023; Full proposal: 10 August 2023.

The Foundation supports projects that seek to enhance communication and mutual understanding between the American and Japanese people. Technology has evolved, and the institutions and topics of conversation keep changing, but the high value of greater awareness and communication among average citizens, as well as leaders in a variety of fields from these two countries is a constant.

The Foundation will consider communication and public opinion projects that not only raise awareness about Japan in the US and/or US in Japan, but also deal with concrete issues that affect the bilateral relationship (or are faced by the two nations). As foreign policy increasingly is subject to public opinion (and is often influenced by non-governmental actors), there is a need in both countries for increased and more diversified coverage of international news and current events, as well as strong links between certain non-government organizations (NGOs) to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

In addition, since mutual understanding between American and Japanese society requires deeper cultural knowledge, the Foundation occasionally supports documentary films, performances, exhibitions, and lectures that focus on Japanese/American culture.

A look at recent grant activity will help potential applicants understand the diversity of projects supported under this program. As with all other Foundation Programs, priority is given to projects that can demonstrate originality, broad appeal, enduring impact, excellent management and a well constructed plan for execution and success.

UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant 2023

Silk Roads Youth Research Grant, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 31 May 2023.

UNESCO calls on young women and men under the age of 35 to apply for the 2023 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant. The grant aims to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared heritage. Twelve grants of US$10,000 will be awarded per research project.

The research needs to address specific issues relating to:

  • the shared heritage and plural identities developed along the Silk Roads,
    its internal diversity,
  • its potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and
  • ultimately sustainable peace and development.

UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund 2023

Youth Solidarity Fund, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, New York, NY, USA. Deadline: 14 May 2023.

Through a competitive evaluation process, Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) will award seed funding of up to USD 25,000 for the implementation of outstanding and impactful projects that use intercultural and interfaith dialogue and are aligned with the mandate and mission of UNAOC.  The YSF only supports projects that are entirely developed and managed by youth, for the benefit of the whole society, especially youth. The YSF supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful and inclusive societies. UNAOC additionally offers capacity-building support to help youth-led organizations strengthen the implementation of their projects.

The age definition used by UNAOC to characterize youth is an individual between the ages of 18 and 35. While the projects target mainly young people, they have an impact on entire communities, often involving religious or political leaders, policy-makers, educational institutions and media organizations.

Anna Lindh Foundation Mobility Programme (2023)


ALFinMOTION: Anna Lindh Foundation Mobility Programme, Alexandria, Egypt. Deadline: 1 April 2023.

In a post-Covid-19 recovery context, the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) is ensuring thriving Civil Society National Networks through ALFinMOTION, its interdisciplinary cross-sectoral mobility programme across the region. Capitalising on the diversity of the ALF members on both shores of the Mediterranean, it supports collaborative initiatives aiming at strengthening equal partnerships. An application must be submitted by a host organisation and may involve, depending on the mobility modality, up to two representatives from two hosted organisations from the complementary shores of the Mediterranean. The ALF network webpage can help to make connections between ALF members. The host organisation must be a legal entity and comply with the ALF communication and visibility guidelines when implementing the intercultural dialogue initiative.

ALFinMOTION intends to be a stimulus to incite intercultural dialogue actions between both shores of the Mediterranean through physical mobilities, involving diverse types of expertise and profiles. Host organisations are provided with lump sum allocations and mobilities must always imply the full proactive participation of the hosted organisations. A gender, age and geographic balance share between both shores of the Mediterranean must be observed.

The proposed mobilities under this call can take place anytime between July and December 2023, respecting visa application schedules and requirements.

CIEE Scholarships & Grants for Study Abroad 2023


Multiple Scholarships & Grants for Study Abroad, Council on International Educational Exchange,  Portland, Maine, USA. Deadline: 1 April 2023.

The nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization CIEE has been bringing the world together, advancing peace by building bridges of mutual understanding between different people, different countries, and different cultures for 75 years. They offer a variety of scholarships and grants; some are based on need, others on academic achievement, and a few are intended for alumni of a prior CIEE program. They also offer a variety of global internships.

A related program, BridgeUSA, annually attracts around 300,000 individuals to the United States from 200 countries and territories to study in U.S. high schools, universities, and research institutions; build professional networks; enhance English language and intercultural skills; and teach in U.S. schools, colleges, and universities.

Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality 2023


Research grants on reducing inequality, William T. Grant Foundation, New York, NY, USA. Deadline: 11 January 2023.

The William T. Grant Foundation has issued a call for proposals for 2023, including research grants on reducing inequality. This program supports research to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. They prioritize studies that aim to reduce inequalities that exist along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. They welcome descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality. We also welcome intervention studies that examine attempts to reduce inequality. Finally, we welcome studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that can enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policymakers. They invite studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methods, and we encourage investigations into various youth-serving systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education.

UNAOC: Intercultural Innovation Hub 2023


Intercultural Innovation Hub, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group. Deadline: 2 December 2022.

Apply now to become the Next Global Changemakers. The new Intercultural Innovation Hub of UNAOC and the BMW Group connects people and cultures, empowers grassroots organizations and elevates intercultural innovation. Selected projects promoting diversity, integration and social inclusion will work towards achieving sustainable growth. Participants will benefit from a financial grant of up to 20,000 USD plus a year of capacity-building workshops, customized support, and membership to the “Intercultural Leaders” global networking platform.

Since 2011, UNAOC and the BMW Group have worked with leaders and organizations from around the globe to tackle intercultural challenges through social innovations. With the new Intercultural Innovation Hub, our mission is to connect people and cultures, empower grassroots organizations, as well as elevate and scale up intercultural innovation. To this end, organizations promoting diversity, integration and social inclusion are invited to become part of the hub and benefit from comprehensive support to expand the social impact of their projects.

The Intercultural Innovation Hub is focused on supporting projects that promote gender equality, counter violent extremism, hatred, and prejudice, and advocate for art, culture and sports as vectors for social cohesion and diversity, through:

  • Financial support for sustainable growth: To leverage the social impact of the selected projects, up to ten finalists will receive up to 20,000 USD each to help their initiative scale up sustainably.

  • One-year capacity-building program: UNAOC and BMW Group with the support of Accenture, will provide the recipients a year-long series of capacity-building workshops and customized support.

  • Membership to the “Intercultural Leaders” community: Participants will be part of a global network of changemakers working in the fields of social inclusion and diversity.

AEJMC Emerging Scholars Grants: 2023


AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program 2023 Research or Teaching Grants. Deadline: 3 October 2022.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Emerging Scholars Program will award $3,500 research and teaching grants to up to four research or teaching proposals to encourage innovative and timely projects in journalism and mass communication.AEJMC members may submit proposals for these grants in the fall of 2022, and selections will be announced by early January 2023.

The AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program is designed to develop and nurture JMC teachers and researchers by fostering an intellectually stimulating environment. This program’s mission is to identify, encourage and recognize some of AEJMC’s most promising emerging scholars by providing funding for research or teaching projects. If requested, proposals selected for funding will be matched with a recognized scholar to serve as a mentor throughout the project. The mentor would serve as a resource and sounding board for the project. Proposals should outline an individual’s own significant research or teaching project. Proposals may also be submitted by a research team, which would share the award amount if selected.

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