Fulbright Alumni Community Action Grants

THE ACAG COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

 

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Fulbright alumni from the Middle East and North Africa who received Fulbright awards administered by AMIDEAST are eligible and encouraged to apply for an Alumni Community Action Grant of up to $5,000 USD.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Alumni Community Action Grant is intended to help Fulbright Foreign Student Program alumni exercise their creativity and leadership skills to make an impact in their communities. Alumni can apply for up to $5,000 USD towards implementing a community-based individual or group project that builds on the experience they gained during the Fulbright program. 

Examples of previous successful Alumni Community Action Grant proposals include:

  • A series of workshops teaching children the fundamentals of computer science and robotics
  • An entrepreneurship “boot camp” training youth how to start a business
  • A string quartet concert series aiming to bring live music to patients, visitors and staff of hospitals in underserved communities
  • Introducing the art and benefits of home composting to elementary school children, through a series of hands-on workshops, tailored materials, and educational videos.  

Want to learn more about recent projects for some inspiration? 

Click here to check-out ACAG projects!

 

Apply for the Alumni Community Action Grant for the opportunity to receive direct support to turn your creative ideas into reality!  We welcome innovative community-oriented ideas that put your leadership skills into action. 

Applications will be accepted from Monday, April 30 to Saturday, June 9, 2018. Grant awards will be announced in late November.  All proposed activities must be implemented between September 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.  

Eligibility Requirements

  •  Applicants must be alumni of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program who received a Fulbright Award administered by AMIDEAST on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

  •  Applicants must be citizens or residents of one of the following areas:  Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, or Yemen.

  •  Please note: Staff and immediate family members, as well as independent contractors, of AMIDEAST, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, or Fulbright Commissions are not eligible.

Grant Guidelines

  • Applications must be submitted by 18:00 EDT June 9, 2018;
  • Requested funds may not exceed $5,000 USD;
  • Proposed activity must take place between September 2018 and June 2019
  • Proposed activity must take place in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, or Yemen;
  • Projects must be:
    • feasible,
    • demonstrate careful thought and planning,
    • designed for rapid implementation,
    • demonstrate the ability to achieve a measurable, positive impact on a particular community;
  • Applicants are responsible for all phases of the proposed activity from initial planning to implementing the activity and bringing it to successful completion;
  • If implementing a group project, the lead organizer must be an eligible Fulbright alumnus or alumna; other participants are not required to be Fulbright alumni;
  • Grantees must submit a final report to AMIDEAST no later than 30 days after the completion of their activity. Successful applicants will receive specific guidelines on what information to include in the final report;
  • Grantees that use social media to promote their activity are strongly encouraged to notify AMIDEAST about their posting so that the activity can be shared or highlighted on Fulbright social media platforms;
  • AMIDEAST reserves the right to request additional information from applicants.

Evaluation Criteria and Additional Considerations

  • Applicants should articulate a logical relationship between proposed activities and desired outcomes – presenting the cause and effect that the project hopes to achieve. Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the main idea and the implementation plan.
  • Applicants should demonstrate the necessary leadership ability and relevant skills to implement the proposal. Proposals will be evaluated based on the skills and experience of the implementers.
  • When designing their projects, applicants are encouraged to utilize SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound). Proposals will be evaluated based on the feasibility of the project, including the scope of what the proposal seeks to achieve.
  • The proposal should align with the spirit of the Fulbright Program’s mission and goals, including fostering mutual understanding, building people-to-people connections, exchanging ideas, and finding solutions to shared international concerns. Applicants should articulate the link between their Fulbright Program and their proposal. Proposals will be evaluated based on how the proposed activities build on the applicant’s experience during the Fulbright Student Program.
  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the potential impact and benefit to the local community. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that benefit diverse and/or underserved populations in their community. The target population should be clearly defined. Furthermore, proposals that demonstrate a sustainable impact will be viewed favorably.
  • Applicants should outline a plan to promote their project using various communication tools as appropriate, such as social media. Proposals will be evaluated based on the effectiveness and creativity of the communications plan, with an understanding that broad publicity may not be desired for some proposals.
  • Applicants are encouraged to provide cost-share or in-kind donations to implement the activity where possible; these may include donated time, materials, space, etc. Proposals that include cost-share or in-kind donations will be given preference.
  • Alumni are encouraged to integrate the use of digital or social media in either the implementation or the promotion and advocacy of their activities - or both. 
  • Preference will be given to first-time recipients for a Fulbright Alumni Grant.

Restricted Activities and Costs

The following activities and costs are not eligible for funding through the Alumni Community Action Grant:

  • International travel, unless specifically justified within the project. Priority consideration will be given to those projects benefitting the NEA country in which the applicant resides.
  • Projects of a commercial or profit-making nature.
  • Organizational start-up costs, including setting up a new center or office.
  • Cash prizes.
  • Financial compensation for the applicants’ or group members' time or effort spent planning and implementing the project.
  • Domestic travel costs exceeding the rates established by the U.S. Department of State. Find the rates here: https://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem.asp.

Application and Review Process

Eligible applicants should email completed applications to fulbalumnigrant@amideast.org with subject title: ACAG Application. Applicants can submit additional supporting documentation along with the application if desired (letter of support; project information; etc.).

Applications received by 18:00 EDT June 9, 2018, will be reviewed for consideration by U.S. Department of State and AMIDEAST representatives.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION PACKET

A complete application includes: 

1.     Completed PDF application form

2.     Completed Budget & Project Outline Form

3.     A copy of the applicant’s resume/CV. If applying as a group, please include a resume/CV for each group member. 

 

Forms must be submitted to fulbalumnigrant@amideast.org

  • Applicants may submit up to two applications during the same round. However, successful applicants will be awarded no more than one grant per round.
  • Applications will be reviewed for consideration by U.S. Department of State and AMIDEAST representatives. Once the selection process is complete, applicants will be notified of application status via e-mail in August.

Questions

For questions on the application process, contact AMIDEAST:
fulbalumnigrant@amideast.org