BackgroundThe Eurasia Foundation (EF) was incorporated in 1992 and began making grants in June 1993. With funding to date of $275 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), EF has maintained a core programme with funds ranging from $20 to $30 million per year. Since 1993, EF has awarded more than 7,700 grants in addition to managing projects in economics education, small business lending, media management and public policy research. EF is also a vehicle for public-private partnerships, having raised roughly $60 million from non-US government sources to provide additional support to its programmes. EF is structured to respond rapidly to grant requests from both Eurasian and US institutions. Its field offices, with the assistance of advisory boards, may make grants of up to $50,000. The foundation's average grant size is $30,000. As a matter of policy, the foundation actively seeks participation in its programmes from both international and local private and public sector organisations through cooperative funding and direct contributions.
Mission"We believe societies function best when people take responsibility for their own civic and economic prosperity. Through cooperation based on mutual respect, our programs equip citizens to define and achieve outcomes of enduring benefit to their communities."
Geographic focusArmenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
Programme areasThe foundation and its partners are leaders in Youth Engagement, Local Economic Development, Public Policy and Institution Building, Independent Media and Cross-Border Programs. These programs are essential to the prosperity and stability of the countries where EF works, and are models of excellence in accountable governance, measurable programmatic impact, and sound financial management. Eurasia currently supports the following programmes:
• Youth Engagement
• Local Economic Development
• Institution Building and Public Policy
• Independent Media
• Cross-Border Cooperation
• Bill Maynes Fellowship Program
• Non-Profit Organisation Resource Centre
• Online Media