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The USAID Youth Excel: Our Knowledge, Leading Change program’s grant competition is a funding opportunity for local organizations to test and adapt solutions for a cross-sectoral problem in a regional context through youth-led “research-for-change” approaches for positive youth development.

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Youth Excel seeks concepts from local youth-led and youth-serving organizations to improve young women’s and girls’ physical, virtual, and/or psychosocial safety and mobility in Central America and the Caribbean.

Who is eligible to submit a concept note

Local youth-led and youth-serving organizations who meet the minimum criteria and share Youth Excel objectives are eligible to apply.

Organizations led by or serving marginalized groups (which may include age, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other identities) are encouraged to apply. The grant competition is not restricted to certain technical sectors or to research organizations.

Eligible countries:

  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua


April 23, 2021, 11:59 p.m., Central Standard Time

How to submit a concept note

  1. Download the request for concept notes (PDF, 4.2 MB). 
  2. Submit your concept note in Spanish.

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