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As a USAID New Partnerships Initiative award, Youth Excel conducts grant competitions to offer funding opportunities for local organizations to test and adapt contextualized solutions for a global, cross-sectoral problem through youth-led “research-to-change” (implementation research) approaches.

The USAID Youth Excel: Our Knowledge, Leading Change program is conducting a global grant competition for local, youth-led organizations in celebration of the USAID Youth in Development Policy Launch.

Youth Excel seeks solutions from local youth led-organizations around the globe to advance peace and security through local-level social cohesion. Grant competition winners will also use gender equality and social inclusion, research-to-change (implementation research), and knowledge mobilization approaches to strengthen their programs and influence decision-makers.

Theme: Advancing peace and security through local-level social cohesion.

Funding Information

You can cost your activities and research and learning using the following recommendations for the 3-6 month project timeframe and $7,000-10,000 funding range.

Eligible Countries

Location: countries where USAID has presence around the globe, subject to mission concurrence. At least 1 award is anticipated in each of 5 global regions as follows:

       Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

       Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

       Europe and Eurasia: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine.

       Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Eastern and Southern Caribbean, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru.

       Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza.

Eligibility Criteria

       Legally registered, local organization in the country of activity implementation:

       Is legally organized under the laws of [country of activity implementation];

       Has its principal place of business or operations in [country of activity implementation];

       Is majority-owned by individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of [country of activity implementation];

       Non-governmental or private organization of any legal type.

       Youth-led organization whose Chief Executive Officer or other leaders are under the age of 35, and whose Board of Directors are predominantly under the age of 35.

       Eligible to accept and receive USAID funding:

       Able to sign ADS 303mav Certifications, Assurances, Representations, and Other Statements of the Recipient

Deadline: 6-Jun-22 For more information, visit https://www.irex.org/program/seeking-local-youth-led-solutions-advance-peace-and-security-through-local-level-social