Grants and Funding

There are currently no open Sister Cities International grant opportunities. Please check this space in the future for updates! 

To learn more about our current programs in progress, please visit our Programs section.

External Funding Opportunities:

Listed below is information on several external grant opportunities that sister city programs could apply for. Sister Cities International does not directly administer these programs but we are available to provide support and guidance for you if you are interested in applying to any of these opportunities.


Summary: Med-Eq is a free service that specializes in pairing vetted charities with medical supply donations. Items may range from bandages and catheter supplies, to hospital beds or surplus inventory and might be small enough to donate by mail, or require a container truck pick-up. Hospitals, manufacturers, and families post available supplies on the Med-Eq website and qualified charitable agencies are welcome to make claim to these donations. Sister city projects that become Med-Eq members receive an email whenever a donors posts medical supplies on the Med-Eq website, and if interested, the Med-Eq staff puts the donor and recipient in direct contact. For more information and to sign up, visit

About the Program: More than 20 years ago REMEDY ( demonstrated that millions of dollars in unused medical supplies are discarded from hospitals each year. REMEDY sought to collect these supplies for the purpose of international aid charity. For many years the New Haven-Leon Nicaragua Sister City Project was the chief recipient of these supplies. Over the years, the staff at REMEDY noticed that not only hospitals, but also companies and families had supplies to donate. Industry would often produce surplus that they wished to give away. And families, after caring for a loved-one, would not want to waste unused supplies. REMEDY formed Med-Eq ( to aid these donors. Now hospitals, industry professionals, and families “post” available supplies on the Med-Eq website. Qualified charitable agencies are welcome to make claim to these donations. 

Med-Eq is now seeking qualified agencies to take these donations at no cost.  Sister City projects that become Med-Eq members receive an email (not more than one or two emails a week, currently) whenever one of these donors posts medical supplies on the Med-Eq web site. Our all-volunteer staff will put the donor and a chosen recipient in direct contact. The recipient will need to arrange transfer of the donation. This is usually through direct pick-up or via a service such as Fed-Ex. Many of our family donors don't have the resources to send their donations across the country to reach a distant recipient. Therefore, we are currently looking for Sister City projects throughout the United States to claim these supplies.

Any Sister City project is welcome to join Med-Eq. You will immediately begin to receive email notifications of new donations (again, one or two emails a week). If the Sister City project wishes to claim those supplies they must be “authenticated.”  There are three elements to becoming authenticated. First, Med-Eq must have your not-for-profit designation letter (501-c-3) on file. Second, you must have an IRS 990 form (submitted within the last 5 years) on file with us. Our web site explains how these documents may be faxed, emailed, uploaded, or mailed to us. Lastly, Med-Eq needs a Fed-Ex account number. Why do we need this and why only Fed-Ex? First, we need the account number to guarantee to our donors that there will be a method to pay for domestic shipment of a donation. We do not want to make a liaison between a family donor and a charity, only to learn that no one is willing to pay for a shipment. This is unfair to the donor and unfair to other charities which want the donation. Why only Fed-Ex? From our investigations, Fed-Ex is the only major shipper who will allow the donor to use your account to make a ground shipment. Other companies require the donor to open their own account before charging the cost to your account. We don't feel this is fair to our family donors. Med-Eq will never share your account number – you will be asked to provide it to the donor when you choose to.

Please recall that you do not need to submit the above documents or to give us a Fed-Ex account number in order to receive the donation emails. It is only when you wish to claim a donation that you need to authenticate with documentation. Once your authentication is complete, you will never need to repeat the process (though you may need to update every few years). Exceptions are sometimes made.

Global Infrastructure Basel

Global Infrastructure Basel – a Swiss foundation - is offering infrastructure project promoters the unique opportunity to present their projects to potential investors at the 5th Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2015. The Global Infrastructure Basel Investment Forum takes place at the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit in Basel. Additionally, all submitted projects will be uploaded to the GIB Project Finder database.Cities, organizations and project promoters seeking finance are invited to submit their project applications. Selected projects will be afforded the opportunity to deliver a summary presentation to the GIB Investment Forum attendees, and printed details of their proposals will be made available to all attendees at the conference. There will also be possibilities for one-on-one meetings with investors. Here is the link to the Call for Projects for the next 5th GIB Summit (27-28 May 2015):

French Embassy in the United States

The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to American college and university campuses. The program distributes close to $200,000 in grants annually to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals.

French Authors on Tour - the Book Department of the French Embassy in New York offers financial support to American institutions wishing to host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia. We collaborate with universities, libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, and other venues across the United States to organize events with visiting authors.

OPENING UP French Society - the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and l’ACID, an association of filmmakers who support the distribution of independent films, in association with the Institut Français are thrilled to offer OPENING UP French Society, a list of French films, for American Universities.

Unreleased French Films in the U.S., sponsored by Unifrance Films International and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, is pleased to offer a variety of recent French films not yet released in the United States to American colleges and universities.

Ciné2000 is an initiative to foster interest in French cinema among future American film professionals. It is available to film departments at universities in the U.S. and 501 (c) 3 film institutions. Individuals may not apply for the program.

The French-American Jazz Exchange celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States. A partnership of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, music concepts, and professional relationships. FAJE will annually award $100,000 in grants, none to exceed $25,000, through an open, competitive application process to support projects that take place either in France or the United States and their respective territories or both, within a 16-month period.

French American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects – commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes – that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States. The Fund awards grants to nonprofit institutions celebrating the work of living composers in both countries. Collaborations combining new French and American works are especially encouraged.

The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

The Guangzhou award is open to all cities and local governments, including members of Metropolis and UCLG as well as other cities. Applicants can submit innovative achievements in such thematic fields as Public Services, Organization and Administration, Partnership and Citizen Involvement, Smart City, Sustainable City, and others. The Guangzhou Award will be granted to up to 5 winners. Each of the winners will be awarded with USD 20,000, apart from a trophy and a certificate. Winners will also be invited to attend side events including seminars and exhibitions on urban innovation.

Cullum Foundation

The Cullum Foundation funds organizations that promote the education of young people, the support and maintenance of churches, and the improvement or relief from disease of needy persons. There are no geographic limitations; however the foundation primarily supports organizations in Georgia.

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust’s mission is to achieve significant and lasting positive changes that promote well-being for individuals and communities. They award grants to organizations serving children and youth, elders, disadvantaged adults and families, the disabled and critically ill, and special Initiatives.  The trust typically awards over 300 grants per year.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

This foundation is interested in supporting programs that support improving education, promoting economic growth and prosperity, and defending and advancing freedom. Currently, their aim is to encourage projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people, and among peoples of other nations, as well.

Dominion Foundation

Dominion Foundation provides funding for organizations that promote education, environmental stewardship, community vitality, and human needs. They support a variety of programs, such as food banks, homeless shelters, land and habitat preservation, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education, and neighborhood revitalization, to name a few. Awards are given in the amount of $1,000 to $15,000 and to organizations and schools in the states where Dominion operates or the locations where they have significant facilities or business interests.

Safeway Foundation

Safeway Foundation focuses on giving locally in the areas of hunger relief, education, health and human services, and assisting people with disabilities. Regional grant applications are reviewed biannually and awarded grants generally do not exceed $10,000.

The Cameron Foundation

The Cameron Foundation supports programs involved in health, human services, community and economic development, and education in the Tri-Cities area of Virginia.  Limited funding is also available to those dealing with civic affairs, cultural enrichment, and conservation & historic preservation. The average grant size is $10,000.

Singing for Change

Singing for Change’s mission is to empower people to create positive change in their communities. Created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, Singing for Change provides competitive grants to progressive, non-profit organizations that address the root causes of social or environmental problems. They are interested in providing funding for organizations that support children and families, the environment, and disenfranchised groups. Grants range in size from $1,000 to $10,000.

Richard and Mary Morrison Foundation Grant

The Richard and Mary Morrison Foundation provides funding for small charitable organizations aiming to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and society in general. Priority is given to organizations that are passionate about their causes and focus on one or more of the following areas: education, health, wellness, human services, social welfare, children advocacy, social equality, social justice, human kindness, and humanitarian relief, awareness, and advocacy. Funds are awarded for capital needs, development or expansion of specific programs in focus areas, and general operating expenses.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

This foundation provides funding to direct service organizations that help low-income and vulnerable individuals and families (especially older adults and the Jewish community) in the United States and Israel. They are focused on meeting basic needs such as shelter, nutrition, health, and socialization and on enhancing an individual’s ability to meet those needs.

Commonwealth Foundation

Commonwealth Foundation awards participatory governance grants to promote international or intercultural exchange, co-operation and sharing of skills, and knowledge and ideas between people from developing Commonwealth countries. They are particularly supportive of proposals that mainstream the Foundation’s outcome areas of gender equality, environmental sustainability, and cultural respect and understanding. Awarded grants do not exceed £30,000 a year.

Universal Leaf Foundation

Universal Leaf Foundation provides financial support for programs and groups addressing key areas of community concern including: child welfare, education, health and well-being, food security, environmental protection, historic preservation and support for the arts. They award grants primarily in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and grants range in size from $2,000 to $50,000.  

Fluor Foundation

Fluor Foundation provides funding to community and educational organizations whose focus is on economic and business success, and employee volunteerism and giving in the community. Funding is awarded in the areas of education, human services, cultural, and public and civic affairs. The foundation considers requests for operating, program, capital, or endowment support, but their grant-making is restricted to organizations in South Carolina, Texas, Ohio, California, Washington, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico. 

Cultural Exchange:

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: French-American Jazz Exchange Program

The program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, music concepts, and professional relationships. Grants of up to $25,000 are awarded to support projects that take place in either France or the United States, and for projects that may result in the creation of new work, the establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and the development of new audiences for the participating artists.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: Southern Exposure Program (Performing Arts of Latin America)

Southern Exposure is a national funding initiative that provides support to bring exemplary contemporary and traditional performing arts from Latin America to communities across the United States. The program supports tours that are collaboratively developed by presenting organizations across the United States and include public performances and activities that provide the public with direct interaction with the visiting artists from Latin America.

Youth Development/Education:

Leave UR Mark

Interning & Volunteering in India - $500 Scholarships Available. Leave UR Mark is excited to announce it's annual scholarship applications for interning or volunteering abroad in India. Projects are available from December 2014 to September 2015. Whether you are a student or a recent graduate, take advantage of making this coming year a meaningful travel experience in one of Asia's most colorful and hospitable countries! Grab a friend or fly solo and experience India through unique internships and volunteer programs that are relevant to your career. To apply for the scholarship, email and let us know in 500 words why you want to travel to India. Two winners will be chosen by November 1st. Not sure which project is right for you? Browse through internship and volunteer programs here.

Wish You Well Foundation

The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is “supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.” They provide funding to organizations that relate to programs and projects which aid in this stated mission. Most grants range from $200 to $10,000.

Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation provides funding for organizations that operate in the areas of education and entrepreneurship. The Foundation looks for ways to advance promising national programs and to leverage additional funding and resources in those two areas of interest. The Kauffman Foundation is committed to supporting the Kansas City area.

Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation

Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation focuses its grant making on organizations dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and low-income families. The program offers tuition subsidies, grants for small renovations, equipment upgrades, playground construction, and staff development opportunities for early education and care programs. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000.


Leadership for a Changing World

Leadership for a Changing World’s purpose is to recognize, strengthen, and support leaders and to highlight the importance of community leadership in improving people’s lives. They support leaders by providing shared learning and networking opportunities, financial support and other assistance for their work, exploring (through research) how leadership is perceived, created, and sustained, and by contributing to current public discourse on leadership.

Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming that fit within their nine distinct funding areas: Aging, Alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, disabilities, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, ethics and integrity in education, homeless and disadvantaged, and youth development. They also provide scholarships to young leaders of exceptional character with the desire to give back to their communities.

U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Programs for U.S. High School Youth

Do you know a high school student who is interested in study abroad opportunities? Or a teacher, school counselor, or someone who works with high school students?  Be sure to let them know that the U.S. Department of State is recruiting this fall for various study abroad scholarship programs. And participation on these programs could help enhance a sister city or state relationship! The U.S. Department of State’s exchange programs for U.S. high school youth include, in addition to the NSLI-Y program, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) and the American Youth Leadership Program. 

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2014-15 academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. Visit for more information.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Secondary school students, ages 15-18, live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies, ages 18-24, study and participate in practical training.  Scholarships are now available for academic year 2014-15.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at

The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the website for more information.

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit  You can also experience another culture without leaving home by hosting a State-Department sponsored international exchange student – learn more at  If you would like to order a supply of study abroad and hosting brochures for your next Sister Cities gathering, please send an email to with the shipping address and the number of brochures you would like to receive.

McCloy Fellowships in Environmental Policy (For U.S.-German Partnerships)

The free flow of knowledge and ideas between professionals working toward the collective goal of sound environmental policies -- from academic researchers and policymakers to urban planners and environmental advocates -- is crucial in order to promote sustainable development and social responsibility. The McCloy Fellowships in Environmental Policy are intended to foster this spirit of dialogue and collaborative discovery among Germans and Americans. Fellowships are available in several areas and categories:

  • Fellowships for Academics
  • Fellowships in Agriculture
  • Fellowships in Environmental Policy
  • Fellowships in Journalism
  • Fellowships in Urban Policy

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Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (For U.S.-Japan Partnerships)

The CGP offers numerous diverse funding opportunities that can be found on the Programs page of its website. Please feel free to read about the different grants being offered. Listed below are a few highlighted grant opportunities found on this page:

1) Grassroots Exchange Discretionary Grants

Funding maximum: $10,000

CGP's Grassroots Exchange Discretionary Grants program aims to create new networks and strengthen existing networks between nonprofit organizations and citizens groups in the US and Japan around common social issues.

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2) Discretionary Grants

Funding maximum: $10,000

CGP Discretionary Grant Program supports U.S.-Japan collaborative projects conducted by universities, think-tanks, and other non-profit organizations which incorporate one or both of the following formats:

  • fostering dialogue among diverse stakeholders to formulate solutions for a more peaceful, stable, and equitable global order;
  • promoting partnerships amongst a broad variety of societal actors, both domestic and international, with the aim to overcome the challenges of globalization for communities world wide.

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3) Education Grants

Funding Maximum: $5,000

CGP's Education Grants program seeks to increase awareness and understanding of Japan in the US through support of teacher training, curriculum development and community outreach efforts addressing the needs of K-12 students, teachers and the larger community.

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