The Open World Leadership Center of the Library of Congress has awarded grants annually to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation to provide educational programming and family hosting to “emerging leaders” from Ukraine since 2006. The Foundation, through its network of U.S. community-based organizations, typically hosts 40-60 individuals per year.
The U.S. – Ukraine Foundation received a National Grantee of Merit Award in 2011.
Managed by the Open World Leadership Center – a separate entity within the U.S. legislative branch with offices at the Library of Congress – the program is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the people of the United States and the countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia and the Baltic States, by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, first-hand exposure to America’s democratic government, free-market system, and nongovernmental sector.
Open World’s national grantees are competitively selected non-governmental organizations and non-profits; local hosts provide professional grassroots programming as well as home stays for individual delegates. The work of the national grantees and local hosts are integral to the Open World program.