PTPI Announces First Round of 2015 Chapter Grants

International Projects Provide a Significant and Lasting Impact


Kansas City, MO, USA – March 17, 2015: People to People International (PTPI) is pleased to announce that it has awarded 21 grants to PTPI chapters in 15 countries totaling $21,104. The critical grants support chapter projects around the globe and range in scope and diversity – from distributing educational materials about Ebola in Liberia to preserving and sharing Armenian history and traditions with other PTPI chapters around the world. 

“PTPI encourages and supports our chapters to develop projects that make a significant and lasting impact,” said Clark Plexico, PTPI president and CEO. “We are pleased to announce these grants for projects that exemplify our purpose, which is to offer multinational experiences that foster cross cultural learning, develop global leadership skills and connect people through an international network committed to making a positive difference around the world.” 

With its world headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., People to People International is the leading nonprofit organization focused on building international understanding, friendship and global cultural leadership through a network of global citizens.

Since 2013, more than 72 grants to chapters in 23 countries and 10 states within the United States have been awarded. The Chapter Project Grants program is made possible through the generosity of the Hall Family Foundation, and grants are awarded twice a year.  Applications for the second round are due Aug. 1, 2015 and announced in September.  More information and applications are available at: http://www.ptpi.org/whats_new/chaptergrants.aspx.

Four Grant Highlights
Below are four of the chapter grants awarded that showcase the diversity and breadth of the projects:
  • Monrovia, Liberia Community Chapter – With the recent Ebola outbreak, many communities are in need of prevention materials and education on the subject. PTPI Monrovia Liberia Chapter’s “Ebola Relief Distribution” will provide these communities with materials and also provide those affected most closely by Ebola with strong social support and acceptance.
  • Imo State, Nigeria Chapter – The “EduThrive Library Project” is designed to help raise the literacy rates for Nigerian children. The chapter will collect and provide students with general school supplies as well as books and other library materials.
  • Bogota, Colombia Chapter – The project called “Understanding, Friendship, Assistance, Peace Through Arts” aims to provide poor hospitals, orphanages and schools with cultural experiences and self-expression workshops that will help dissolve Colombia's various social conflicts. Samples of the artwork created through these social therapy workshops will be displayed on the chapter’s website.
  • Podgorica, Montenegro Community Chapter – “I Balkan You Screenings” is a virtual platform created to encourage the youth of the Balkans to connect and discuss the important issues surrounding the area in order to reduce ethnic distance. Through social media, specific movies will be shared to inspire conversation and civic activism.

About People to People International:
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the mission of People to People International (PTPI) in 1956. With its world headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., USA, PTPI is an NGO and not-for-profit 501(c)(3) offering programs which have impacted individuals in more than 160 countries and 272 chapters. PTPI creates lasting cross-cultural connections between everyday citizens around the world to help them explore global issues, serve and enrich their diverse communities, and become more effective leaders in creating a more peaceful world. To learn more, go to www.ptpi.org.