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for Projects that Unite People and Promote Social Justice

Lisle International Global Seed Grants

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

09/01/22 7:00 AM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind assistance to USA, Canada, and International organizations for educational projects that unite people and promote social justice. Applicants must submit a request to apply prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for innovative activities that encourage intercultural understanding through shared experiences, with the goal of creating a more just social order. Projects may seek to bridge a variety of community divides, including ethnic, cultural, religious, racial, or gender perspectives, anywhere in the world.

Applicants must clarify how a proposed project promotes intercultural engagement and communication as a core goal achieved through intentional program components. Lisle only funds projects that promote intercultural understanding and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to share and learn from one another. 

In keeping with the spirit of “seed grant,” Lisle supports new projects that have not been implemented before and have the potential to grow, rather than ongoing and/or well-funded programs. Lisle additionally prefers to be a significant donor to well-defined intercultural projects proposed by small and young organizations.

The most successful projects:

  • Are innovative and collaborative
  • Have intercultural interaction as central to the project
  • Work toward resolving conflicts
  • Promote community building.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202515

Number of Grants:

Lisle awards between three and eight grants each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Lisle prefers to fund organizations rather than individuals. An individual may apply, but they should identify an organization with which they will affiliate to accomplish the project.

Projects may take place anywhere in the world. US nonprofit (501c3) status is not necessary. Local organizational certification is welcome, but not required.

The Lisle Global Seed Grant program does NOT fund
- Infrastructure (e.g. buildings or furnishing schools)
- Hardware (e.g., computers)
- Travel costs for U.S. participants in international programs
- Salaries for U.S. volunteers in international projects
- Religious education or proselytizing.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 1, 2022: Prospective applicants may begin submitting an online Request to Apply.
- August 1, 2022: Deadline to submit Request to Apply.
- September 1, 2022: Deadline to submit a Completed Phase 2 Application Form.
- November 30: Global Seed Grants are selected at the Lisle Annual Meeting

In the first phase, the organization submits a Request to Apply form. Lisle reviews these submissions and determines ones that appear to have a focus that demonstrates that a full proposal may be successful in receiving a grant. If the RTA shows promise of potential fit with the mission of Lisle, the applicant will be invited to submit a full grant proposal.

Applicants are guided with the help of a mentor. The mentor is a Lisle member who is familiar with the mission, goals, and history of Lisle, and who can help guide a project so it is aligned with Lisle’s values and vision. Lisle mentors guide applicants to the Global Seed Fund (GSF) – those who are approved to enter Phase Two, the Global Seed Grant Application. The mentor helps an applicant evaluate their project idea to consider whether it is a good fit for the Lisle Seed Grant Program, and whether an application is appropriate. He or she is the primary point of contact during the application process and is available to respond to questions or concerns that arise. Mentors can be assigned or pre-arranged.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Lisle International
PO Box 1932
Leander TX 78646

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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