The U.S. Embassy Nur-Sultan and U.S. Consulate General Almaty Public Affairs Sections (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce funding is available through the Makerspace Expands! public-private partnership to expand access to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) activities through the Kazakhstan American Spaces and Makerspaces network.
The U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan and Chevron established a three-year public-private partnership in 2020. The partnership supports the Makerspace Expands project which will empower young people with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive in the global market during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, innovative programs, like-minded peers, viable business connections, and inspiring mentors.
Goal: Support economic development in Kazakhstan by equipping youth with in-demand technical and STEAM skills.
Utilize This Offer
The Makerspace Expands project will create a network of partners to expand opportunities for STEAM access in Kazakhstan. Utilizing the resources and models of American innovation provided by Chevron and the American Spaces and Makerspaces network, the recipient will:
a) offer mentorship, training, and other kinds of capacity building activities geared towards the target audience;
b) increase participant capacity to solve problems using STEAM through mentorship, trainings, and other activities.
1. U.S. and Kazakhstan registered not-for-profit, civil society / non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions with at least one year of programming experience desired. This experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal.
2. A copy of the organizations registration should be provided with the proposal application. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter.
3. Kazakhstan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.
Youth (14-25 years old), entrepreneurs / innovators, women / girls, other marginalized groups, civil society organizations, and / or non-profit organizations.
In-person activities should be carried out in collaboration with one or more American Spaces and Makerspaces located in the following cities: Almaty, Nur-Sultan, Oskemen, Shymkent, Karaganda, Kostonay, Pavlodar, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, and Oral.
Awards may range from a minimum of US$5,000 to a maximum of US$120,000.
Length of performance period: 6 months.
Closing Date for Applications: June 26, 2021.
Anticipated program start date: July 20, 2021.
For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333795