American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the 2020 Alumni Grants Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), to assist past participants of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program of program years .
Application Deadline: 31st January 2020
Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gaza Strip, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel (Arab Communities), Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Suriname,Syria, Tanzania,
Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey West Bank, Yemen, YES Abroad – United States.
About the Award: The U.S. State Department and American Councils for International Education are pleased to announce the 2020 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Alumni Grants Competition. The grants are funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by American Councils for International Education. The grants are available to YES and YES Abroad alumni to enable you to contribute to your communities through projects in areas such as:
- Inclusion of People with Disabilities**
- Conflict Resolution
- Interfaith Dialogue
- Media Literacy
- English Language and American Culture
- Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment
** In honor of the July 2020 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the YES Alumni Grants program strongly encourages grant project proposals for activities or events held through December 2020 based on the theme of fostering an inclusive environment, working with people with disabilities, or disabilities advocacy. Extra consideration will be given to strong applications along this theme.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this program, applicants:
- Must be successful participants of the YES or YES Abroad program;
- Must conduct their project and currently reside in one of the countries in which the YES program or YES Abroad is administered (including the U.S.);
- Cannot be working as employees of an organization administering the YES program, or of the U.S. government.
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award: Grants will fall into two categories:
Individual Grants (up to $250)
- To support community service or professional development projects. Individual grant applicants who demonstrate in their proposals a readiness to share their experience with others in their community upon completion will be given preference.
- These may be single events or small-scale projects.
Group Grants (up to $3000):
- To support community service projects in areas such as interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship, public health, environment, inclusion of people with disabilities, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and promotion of English language and American culture. Not all project organizers or volunteers must be YES or YES Abroad alumni, but the grant applicant/recipient and the project leader or co-leader must be an alumnus/a.
- American Councils may request that applicants modify their budget or the proposal in order to be awarded a grant.
- Proposals may be awarded partial funding.
How to Apply: Apply here