SPECIAL EDITION OF THE ALUMNI COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT FOR prior ACAG GRANTEE recipients!
In 2021, the Fulbright Program is celebrating 75 years of creating connections and positive change in communities around the world – including in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
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. In honor of the 75th anniversary, Amideast, with the support of the U.S. Department of State, is offering an ACAG special edition — open to prior ACAG grantees.
Under the initiative, select Alumni Community Action Grants will showcase Fulbright alumni as changemakers in their community, highlighting their long-term impact in the region. Starting this summer and throughout 2022, grantees will have the chance to build on their initial ACAG activity and grow their idea into a second follow-on project.
Special Features and Eligibility Requirements for this ACAG program:
- The Fulbright Program brings many opportunities to life through partnership. For this Special Edition ACAG, applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with other Fulbright alumni as collaborators, advisors, or project co-leads.
- The “Phase II” ACAG initiatives can take on many forms; it is incumbent upon the program applicant to propose sustainable follow-on initiatives that benefit and support their community in an inclusive and meaningful way. A project can build directly or tangentially upon the initial ACAG initiative, depending on the current environment and objective of the proposed activity.
- Alumni who have not previously been awarded an ACAG are not eligible to apply for this round.
- Applicants can be living outside of their home country at the time of application but are highly encouraged to reside in-country at the time of the project implementation.
- For this round, projects are not bound to the home country of the applicant but must be within the limits of eligible MENA countries listed below.
- Applicants must be citizens or residents of one of the following areas: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, West Bank or Yemen.
- ACAG awards will be announced in September 2021. All proposed activities must be implemented between October 2021 to May 2022.
- Applications must be submitted by 12pm EST August 23rd, 2021;
- Requested funds may not exceed $10,000 USD;
- Proposed activity must take place between October 2021 and May 2022;
- Proposed activity must take place in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, West Bank or Yemen.
- be feasible;
- demonstrate careful thought and planning;
- be designed for rapid implementation; and
- 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 team participants are encouraged - but 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 who use social media to promote their activity are requested to notify Amideast about their posting so that the activity can be shared on Fulbright social media platforms. Grantees are required to follow the official guidance outlined on the ACAG Social Media Guidelines page.
- Amideast reserves the right to request additional information from applicants.
Evaluation Criteria and Additional Considerations
- Applicants should articulate a logical relationship between the 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.
- 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 experience, their first ACAG activity, and their new proposal. Proposals will be evaluated based on how the proposed activities build on the applicant’s experience during the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
- Proposals will be evaluated based on the potential impact and benefit to the local community. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that are inclusive and 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. Proposal evaluation will take into account the effectiveness and creativity of the communications plan, but with an understanding that broad publicity may not be appropriate for some proposals.
- Preference will be given to applications that incorporate cost-share or in-kind donations; these may include donated time, materials, space, etc.
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.
- 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 notifiy Amideast when the online application has been submitted and email the Budget & Timeline form to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject title: Special Edition ACAG Application. Applicants can submit additional supporting documentation if desired (letter of support, project information, etc.).
Applications received by August 23rd will be reviewed for consideration by U.S. Department of State and Amideast representatives.
A complete application includes:
- Completed online application form
- Completed Budget & Project Outline Form
- 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 email@example.com
Once the selection process is complete, applicants will be notified of application status via e-mail in September 2021.