Grant Funded Programs

Many of CIPUSA’s group programs are grant funded. In the past few years, CIPUSA has worked closely with the U.S. Department of State and other organizations on grant funded programs. Current and past programs include:

Past programs: 

Open World

The Open World Program at the Library of Congress brings emerging leaders from post-Soviet states to the U.S. in order to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise. The principles of accountability, transparency, and citizen involvement in government are among the concepts emphasized by the Open World Program. Today Open World has more than 14,000 alumni and a network of some 6,000 U.S. host families. The program is administered by the Open World Leadership Center (the Center), an independent entity established in the U.S. legislative branch in 2000.  CIPUSA and several affiliate offices began hosting Open World delegations in 2009.  Recent delegations have been hosted from Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova.

State Department Peer-to-Peer

To help foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians, the State Department launched the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, which provides grants of up to $100,000 to support collaboration, including meetings, virtual interactions, exchanges, and internships, between American and Russian organizations. 
CIPUSA was awarded this grant in 2013 for the Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University & John Carroll University Cooperative Exchange.  The first in person exchange of the program was in May 2014 and involved a delegation of JCU professors and CIPUSA staff traveling to Volgograd, Russia to meet with the VSSPU team.  VSSPU will send a delegation to Cleveland in October 2014. 

This project will give professors of foreign languages the opportunity to share best practices, ideas, and tools to help their students excel in language acquisition. Program activities will include faculty exchanges, web seminars, roundtable discussions, collaboration in curriculum and syllabus development, an open exchange of teaching resources, and one-on-one student online video exchanges. 

Community Connections

Since its inception under the State Department’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the broad public diplomacy goals of Community Connections have been to contribute to economic and democratic reform and to promote mutual understanding in Eurasia – providing visitors broad exposure to U.S. society and helping to create personal connections with Americans, advancing democratic and free-market principles in a region where those principles are still tenuous. The Community Connections program, under USAID/Economic Growth Agriculture & Trade (EGAT) Bureau management, continues to promote the overall US Embassy and USAID goals of supporting public diplomacy and the specific goals of Community Connections. CIPUSA began hosting Community Connections delegations in 2006.  Recent delegations have been hosted from Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.


Development of a Community Work & Life Center in Addis Ababa

The Council of International Programs USA (CIPUSA), the Addis Ababa University (AAU), the African AIDS Initiative International, Inc. (AAII) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) partnered to provide a cross-cultural training program facilitation in the creation of the Community Work and Life Center at Addis Ababa University.

Egyptian NGO Women Leadership Training

Funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Alliance for Arab Women (AAW) this program was designed to enhance the skills of 10 Egyptian women in NGO management and leadership through educational seminars and “hands-on” observational internships.  


Social Work in Education in Ethiopia (SWEEP)

Funded by the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Addis Ababa to establish the first-ever graduate degree in social work in Ethiopia.


Establishing A School of Criminal Justice at the University of Bucharest

A Higher Education, Government and Community Partnership
Funded by the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) and World Learning in collaboration with Tiffin University and the University of Bucharest to develop community justice administration reform in Romania.


South Africa Internship Program

Funded by the U.S. Government in collaboration with The Cleveland Foundation to train South Africans in the fields of public administration, library science, and media.

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African Internship Project: Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation
Funded by the U.S. Government to develop drug prevention and treatment programs in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia.


HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention: 
A Practical Training Course in the United States

Funded by the USAID to train senior and mid-level professionals worldwide in AIDS prevention and control, including educators, youth workers and public health officials.

For further information about the Grant Funded Programs please contact CIPUSA at