Alumni Small Grants Competition

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia

Grants Notice: Alumni Small Grants Competition


The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce an open competition for Alumni Small Grant Projects through the Public Diplomacy Grants program.  The purpose of funding projects is to provide Ethiopian alumni of U.S. government exchange programs an opportunity to carry out and implement a project that further Mission Ethiopia’s goals of:

  1. Promoting broad-based economic growth and development
  2. Creating a healthier, better educated and more skillful workforce

Grant proposals will be funded up to $3,000 with a project duration of eight months or less.

Project Objectives:

Alumni may submit one proposal under this funding opportunity, and at least two alumni must be involved.  Projects should focus on one of these key areas:

  • Youth
  • Education
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Disability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Engagement of underserved communities

All proposals should:

  1. Address how the project will contribute to:
    1. promoting broad-based economic growth and development
    2. creating a healthier, better educated and more skillful workforce;
  2. Enumerate specific outcomes to be achieved by the end of the grant period;
  3. Describe involvement of alumni, participants, experts, organizations, or institutions;
  4. Specify the audience to be reached and the geographic locations of the activities.
  5. Describe how the project will have a multiplier effect or be sustained beyond the life of the grant;
  6. Include a media plan for marketing or advertising program activities and outcomes;
  7. Demonstrate an ability to manage all financial and oversight aspects of the grant.

The Public Affairs Section will not support the following activities or expenses under this funding opportunity:

  • the purchase of space or buildings in support of program activities;
  • development projects;
  • research projects;
  • construction projects;
  • individual travel to conferences;
  • scholarships to support educational opportunities or study for individuals;
  • completion of activities begun with other funds;
  • projects that are inherently political or religious in nature;
  • cash prizes for competitions.

Award Information:

Public Diplomacy Grants Program

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant

Award Amounts:  Maximum of $3,000 dollars

Duration of Award:  Up to eight months (October to June)


All Ethiopian U.S. government exchange program alumni are invited to submit proposals to implement a project in Ethiopia.  Examples of exchange programs include but are not limited to: the Access Microscholarship Program, the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) and IVLP on Demand, YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) Nairobi, the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Girls Can Code, International Writers Program, CenterStage, and the Fulbright program (Visiting Scholars, African Research Scholars, and Humphrey Fellow).

Alumni are allowed to submit only one proposal, and the name of the exchange program and date must be clearly indicated.  Proposals should involve at least two or more alumni.

Application and Submission Information: 

Proposals maybe submitted using the attached template and budget form.  The deadline for submission is August 4, 2017 to

The following documents and information are also required:

  1. Standard Application Form SF-424 (Individual) to submit proposals. Applicants may submit separate proposal that clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity.
  2. Standard Form SF-424B (Assurances for Non-Construction Programs)
  3. All documents are in English.
  4. All budgets are in U.S. dollars.

Deadline for proposals                       August 4, 2017

Notification of selection                    August 21, 2017

Award of grant                                   September 15, 2017

Grant period                                       October 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

Review and Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of their fullness, coherence, clarity, and attention to detail.

  1. Project justification, sustainability, and impact on Mission Ethiopia’s goals.
  2. Planning and feasibility.
  3. Cost-effectiveness.
  4. Capacity, experience and alumni involvement.

For more information on the project click here.