Alumni Small Grants Competition


U.S. EMBASSY, Addis Ababa

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title:                  Alumni Small Grant Projects

Funding Opportunity Number:            PAS-NOFO-18-02

Deadline for Applications:                   August 25, 2018

CFDA Number:                                    19.040

A. Program Description

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

  1. Strengthening Democratic Institutions and Expanding Human Rights: Improve internal stability and strengthen the rule of law through active engagement with stakeholders; improve learning outcomes by increasing achievement in education; and improve workforce skills development.
  2. Spurring Broad-based Economic Growth and Promoting Development: Strengthen the role of women and youth in economic activity; improve the trade and investment climate; increase the development and growth of the domestic private sector; and increase livelihood transition opportunities.

Depending on the availability of funds, successful grant proposals will be funded up to $3,000.00.

B. 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 contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.

  • Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
  • Introduction to the Individuals applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Problem Statement: Clear, concise and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed.
  • Program Goals and Objectives: The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve. The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.
  • Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
  • Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal.
  • Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline: The proposed timeline for the program activities. Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  • Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program.
  • Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees.
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the time-frame of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  • Future Funding or Sustainability: Applicants’ plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.

Please note that the selected applicants will be requested to use a State Department standard to make final submission.

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

C. 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)

D. Eligibility:

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 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.

E. Application and Submission Information: 

Proposals must be submitted to on or before the given deadline.

Deadline for proposals                       August 25, 2018

Notification of selection                      September 14, 2018

Award of grant                                    September 21, 2018

Grant period                                       October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

F. 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.