IREX invites applications for the USAID Youth Excel: Our Knowledge, Leading Change Program in 2022.

Youth Excel seeks solutions from local youth led-organizations around the globe to advance peace and security through local-level social cohesion. Grant competition winners will also use

  • gender equality and social inclusion,
  • research-to-change (implementation research), and
  • knowledge mobilization approaches to strengthen their programs and influence decision-makers.

Worth of Award

Youth Excel will award 5-8 small grants, at least 1 per region of the world, in
the amount of $7,000 – $10,000 for 3-6 months.



  • Local, registered organizations led by youth under 35 years, including new recipients of USAID funding, who meet the eligibility criteria and share Youth Excel objectives.
  • Organizations led by or serving marginalized groups, which may include age, gender, disability, ethnicity, and other identities, are encouraged to apply.
  • The grant competition is not restricted to certain technical sectors or to research organizations.

Eligible Countries: countries with USAID presence in 5 global regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe and Eurasia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East and North Africa

How to Apply

Submit applications online at:

Deadline: June 6, 2022 by 23:59 GMT.


Click here for more details and to apply