Guidelines for CEP Grants
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CEP Grants Announcement

Grant proposals are reviewed by the Central Eurasia Project (CEP) three times a year: in the spring, summer, and late fall. Proposals must be submitted in English, and should follow the format indicated below. They should be submitted to Anu Kangaspunta-Garfield, or by fax at 1-212-548-4607.
Proposals should include the following:
1. Name of the project
2. Date of application
3. Name of the applicant organization
4. Contact person and full contact information
5. Total amount requested
6. Duration of grant period with starting date
7. Have you sent this proposal to any other division of the Open Society Institute, such as a Soros foundation or network program? If so, to which one and when?
8. Project Summary/Purpose Statement
9. Background (optional)
10. Project Description
a) Phases of implementation, including estimated deadlines for completion
11. Budget, including a detailed breakdown of all projected expenses
If you have any questions about submission procedures or deadlines, please contact Kangaspunta-Garfield at
Grant Restrictions
In no instances are any grants to be used, directly or indirectly, to engage in partisan political activity such as for the support of or opposition to political parties or individual candidates for elective office at any level of government.
U.S. law not only prohibits the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute from funding any electioneering, including the support for or opposition to political candidates or parties in the United States or abroad, but also prohibits the earmarking of grant funds for lobbying activities. Lobbying is defined as an attempt to influence federal, state, local or non-U.S. legislative bodies, or the outcome of referenda and ballot initiatives. This proscription includes attempts to influence treaty ratification by legislative bodies.
The prohibition against lobbying includes (but may not necessarily be limited to) communications with legislators or legislative staff that express a view on pending legislation or specific legislative proposals, and communications with the general public reflecting a view on specific legislation or a specific legislative proposal where such communication includes a "call to take action" by the public.
Public education, analysis and research on social issues of broad public interest, including issues that are also the subject of pending legislation, may constitute an exception to the lobbying prohibition. Similarly, the production of non-partisan studies, analysis and research providing a full and fair exposition of the facts and arguments may not constitute lobbying. Responses to written requests for technical assistance made on behalf of a legislative body, committee or subcommittee may also not be lobbying even though the problems discussed may be the subject of pending legislation.
If you have questions concerning whether your grant proposal includes lobbying, please contact us.
Monitoring and Grantee Reporting Requirements
Grant recipients must agree to provide detailed narrative and financial reports at intervals that will be specified in the grant letter. For example, these reports should include, but are not limited to, details of the progress made toward the goal of the grant, any supporting documentation, such as publications or news articles, and information pertaining to receipt of required matching funds.
Please note also that grant recipients must agree to repay any portion of the amount granted that is not used for the purposes of the grant.
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