Annual Grant Competition
Grant Name: Annual Grant Competition
Agency: United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Deadline: October 1, 2013
Description: The USIP is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by congress to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools and intellectual capital worldwide. To do this, USIP empowers others with awareness, skills and resources engaging in peacebuilding initiatives, and funding research and applied projects.
USIP explicitly mentions its desire to grant funds to journalists, filmmakers and educators around the world in their efforts to help advance, professionalize and consolidate the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Examples of previously funded projects include:
- Engaging in public education to improve awareness of the complexities of violent conflict and peace processes, including via documentary films, television and radio programming, speakers’ series, community forums, debates, and complementary print or audiovisual materials.
- Producing peace education curricula, textbooks, manuals and toolkits.
- Enhancing access to relevant information through the strengthening of library resources, archives of documentation and other sources, and the expansion of cooperative efforts in document preservation and sharing.
The Annual Grant Competition strives to improve the theory and practice of conflict resolution and peacebuilding and will continue to favor methods and activities that have the ability to achieve effects that are meaningful, positive, lasting and measurable.
This year’s competition has a special emphasis on innovation. Preference will be given to those projects that address the following:
- Generate and aggregate original knowledge.
- Design, implement and evaluate creative and novel techniques for research, training, education, information collection and outreach.
- Involve distinctive efforts to prevent manage and resolve violent conflict and consolidate post-conflict peace, stability and development.
Fit for Public Broadcasting: This is an excellent fit for public media stations looking to do programming that addresses international peacekeeping missions or conflict resolution. USIP aims to engage a larger audience and spread awareness of the issues at hand, and this solicitation makes note of the USIP's efforts to grant funds to television and radio to achieve these necessary goals.
In October 2011, the Filmmakers Collaborative received a $117,421 grant for the production of a full-length documentary to raise awareness about the relationship of the rule of law to human rights and democracy by educating viewers about Beatrice Mtetwa's efforts to uphold the rule of law in Zimbabwe. An outreach and distribution campaign will accompany the film.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include any non-profit civil society organizations; secondary, postsecondary and community educational institutions; training and research organizations and institutions; and libraries and public agencies and organizations.
Anticipated Funding: USIP is expected to award between 20 – 25 grants for this round’s competition. Awards typically range between $25,000 and $100,000, with a project period of up to two years.
How to Apply: All applications must be submitted online via the WebGrants system. A representative from the prospective applicant organization must register in WebGrants in order to initiate the application process. Each of the steps involved takes time, and prospective applicants are advised to start this process well in advance of the deadline.