Creating a Digital Platform for U.S.-Ukraine Cultural and Civic Actor Collaboration


Funding Opportunity ID: 333682
Opportunity Number: PAS-UKRAINE-2021-015
Opportunity Title: Creating a Digital Platform for U.S.-Ukraine Cultural and Civic Actor Collaboration
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.040
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOS-UKR
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Ukraine
Posted Date: May 20, 2021
Close Date: Jul 05, 2021
Last Updated Date: May 20, 2021
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $75,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many cultural and civic actors in Ukraine have struggled to maintain the same level of connectivity with each other and with international partners. This reduced interaction has diminished opportunities for collaboration among Ukrainians and between Ukrainians and Americans and thereby harmed the potential for growth in the cultural and civic sectors. The U.S. Embassy Kyiv Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) seeks to address this issue by inviting not-for-profit, nongovernmental organizations to create a digital platform through which Ukrainian and American cultural and civic actors can initiate and plan collaborative activities. In addition to building networks within the cultural and civic sectors, this platform will introduce Ukrainians to American institutions, values, and best practices, which Ukrainian participants will then be able to apply in their own work. Part 1: Creation of Digital Collaboration Platform (up to $30,000) Recipient organizations will be responsible for creating a free-to-access portal through which Ukrainian and American cultural and civic actors can initiate and plan collaborative activities. The portal should allow Ukrainian and American cultural and civic actors to post collaborative project ideas that other users registered in the portal can join. Projects can be short- or long-term. For instance, a Ukrainian music group could post a request for an American songwriter to assist with English-language lyrics, or an American NGO could post a request for a Ukrainian anti-corruption activist to participate in a conference on accountable governance. The portal should have the following features: · Registration requirement before individuals or organizations can post project ideas.· Search feature so that registered individuals and organizations can find projects in their fields.· Limits on the number of project ideas an individual or organization can have active at one time.· Accessibility in Ukrainian and English, with Russian as an extra option if the budget allows. Note: Whereas all website navigation and instructions should be available in both languages, project summaries should be posted in English only to ensure non-Ukrainian speakers can understand the scope of activity.· Requirements to post for each project idea the following: a short description of the project, a short description of the request/what the posting individual or organization is looking for, preferred dates for the project, estimated budget costs, plan for covering costs.· Requirements for individuals or organizations inquiring about a project idea to complete a brief form outlining their qualifications and rationale for joining a particular project.· Mechanisms through which registered users can connect with one another within the portal, i.e., without sharing contact information unless desired. Note: Posting individuals and organizations should be able to accept or decline contact based on the information in the form described in the previous bullet.· Mechanisms for monitoring the portal for inappropriate, illegal, and ineligible content.· Mechanisms for ensuring posts are up-to-date and current.· Mechanisms for posting individuals and organizations to fundraise for their projects. Note: Although some of the funds from this grant must be directed toward project support (see Part 3), applying organizations must outline plans to solicit project funding from other institutions – whether in Ukraine, the United States, or elsewhere.· Gallery of success stories that participating individuals and organizations can submit after projects finish. The portal should accept projects in the following fields: · visual arts· performing arts· museum and gallery projects· art residencies· music· film· literature· creative industries· civic activism· education· youth· sports· urban design· environmental protection· business and economics Part 2: Maintenance of Digital Platform (up to $30,000) Applying organizations should outline plans to maintain the portal with all its features for at least one year from the start of the project performance period. Recipient organizations will also be responsible for recruiting U.S. and Ukrainian individuals and organizations to register and submit project ideas, and the recipient organization will be responsible for assisting to facilitate connections. Proposal plans must reflect these responsibilities. Part 3: Subgrants to Registered Individuals and Organizations (at least $40,000) In collaboration with PDS Kyiv, applying organizations should be prepared to issue subgrants to registered individuals and organizations who find matches for their project ideas. Projects funded through this grant must clearly relate to one or more of the U.S. Embassy strategic priorities below: Promoting U.S.-Ukraine educational, scientific, business, or cultural tiesAdvancing democratic reforms, including as related to anti-corruption, rule of law, and civil societyDeepening Ukrainians’ understanding of American culture and valuesAdvancing economic reforms, including as related to corporate governance, business development, and energy security To ensure projects funded through this grant address these priorities, PDS Kyiv will make the final decision on all subgrants issued with funding through this solicitation. However, as mentioned in Part 3, the portal should include mechanisms through which registered users can fundraise for their projects, and applying organizations must outline plans to solicit funding for projects from institutions other than the U.S. Embassy. PDS Kyiv would not necessarily make the final decision on subgrantee awards issued from non-U.S. government funding unless it was determined the project might be inappropriate, illegal, or ineligible for funding. Note: All features, mechanisms, and activities mentioned above must be developed and carried out in accordance with the applicable U.S. and Ukrainian laws. The grantee bears responsible and liability for ensuring this legal compliance.
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