Notice Of Funding Opportunities

Change in AEIF Submission Guidelines

Dear Alumni,

Greetings!  Please note there has been a change in AEIF submission guidelines.  Alumni are now requested to apply through www.grants.gov – an official website of the United States government for grant opportunities.

The NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (NOFO) is now posted and available on grants.gov: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/jsf/opportunity/manageOpportunity.faces?oppId=351227

Kindly click here for sign-up guidance on grant.gov.

Alternately, you may also send your AEIF proposal and budget documents at alumniindia@state.gov

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Dear U.S. Government Exchange program Alumni,

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the 2024 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF).  AEIF 2024 supports teams of alumni of U.S. government-sponsored international exchange programs with funding from US $5000 up to US $35,000 to implement social impact projects that addresses global issues in their local communities. (As always, the final level of support is contingent upon availability of funds.)

The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) offers alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs the opportunity to carry out public service projects using the skills and knowledge they gained during their exchange.  AEIF projects extend and increase the impact of the U.S. government’s investment in exchange participants and programs by enhancing the leadership capacity, convening power, and community engagement of alumni and alumni networks.

Priority Regions: Projects must take place within the Chennai Consular District of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and/or the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  Those projects with an Indo-Pacific focus are welcome to have a wider regional focus.

2024 AEIF THEMES: The themes and associated sub-themes for AEIF 2024 which are designed this year to catalyze action among alumni are:

  • PEOPLE- projects may include:
    1. Safeguarding Minority Rights
    2. Combating Gender-Based Violence
    3. Protecting Freedom of Speech in the Media and Civil Society
    4. Strengthening the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Ecosystem 
  • PEACE- projects may include:
    Supporting regional networks to tackle areas of shared importance and promote stability, connectivity, the rule of law and good governance in the Indo-Pacific region 
  • PLANET- projects may include:
    1. Promoting clean energy and green techDisaster preparedness
    2. Environmental Sustainability and Conservation
    3. Air quality 
  • PROSPERITY- projects may include:
    1. Creating economic opportunities for women
    2. Efforts to promote educational and exchange opportunities in the USA

Please note that these are Public Diplomacy grants and proposed projects must focus more on promoting awareness, capacity-building, or behavioral change (including but not limited to capacity and/or knowledge building workshops, symposiums, campaigns etc.) on one or more of the key thematic areas listed above and not focus on academic or scientific research, charitable or development activities.

Preference will be given to those proposals that mobilize alumni, those projects which correlate with already existing initiatives (including consulate or American Center projects), and projects that have cost-share built into them.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicants must be alumni of U.S. Government-funded or sponsored exchange programs listed here, and form teams of at least two (2) alumni.  All teams must specify a team lead.  For those teams selecting an Indo-Pacific focus, you may include team members from other Indo-Pacific countries.
  • Projects need to be completed under 12 months.
  • Proposals must address the themes outlined. Proposals that do not address the themes as outlined in the program objectives will be deemed ineligible.
  • All alumni teams will need to partner with legally recognized, non-profit, non-governmental organizations that meet U.S. and Indian technical and legal requirements (i.e., FCRA of Government of India; DUNS and SAM registration for requirements for guidelines from United States) If you have any questions with regards to this guideline or any others, please contact us.  

Proposal Submission:

  • Proposal submissions via email will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., January 27, 2024
  • Submit the proposal in word format and budget in XL format using the forms linked below only
  • Proposals may request from $5000 up to $35,000 USD
  • Projects need to be completed under 12 months
  • Submit the proposals with the budget before due date as per new guidelines notified above.
  • Alternately, you may also send your AEIF proposal and budget documents at alumniindia@state.gov

Resources available:

Please feel free to contact Post’s Alumni Coordinator at JaishankarC@state.gov for any further assistance.

We’re waiting to hear all of your great ideas!

Funding Opportunity Title:  The Partner of Choice: Explaining the Significance of U.S.-India Strategic Partnership
Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement
Funding Opportunity Number:  C-NOFO-23-004
Deadline for Applications: The application period for this program is now closed.
Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=347750

Funding Opportunity Title:  Strengthening Institutions Combatting Gender Based Violence
Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement
Funding Opportunity Number:  C-NOFO-23-003
Deadline for Applications: The application period for this program is now closed.
Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=347539

Funding Opportunity Title:  Reconciling the Past: The Power of Art to Heal
Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement
Funding Opportunity Number:  C-NOFO-23-002
Deadline for Applications: The application period for this program is now closed.
More Information: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=347430

PDS – Annual Program Statement 2023

We are pleased to inform you that the U.S. Consulate General Chennai is soliciting for proposals to fund innovative and actionable projects in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) titled Annual Program Statement which is posted on:  www.grants.gov

This funding opportunity is available to non-profit organizations who can implement programs in partnership with the Public Diplomacy program of the U.S. Consulate General Chennai.  Interested Indian organizations must have an active Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) to submit applications. Project proposal should focus primarily on any one or more of the themes listed below:

  1. Theme One: Global Threats
    • Trafficking in Persons (TIP): Programs which raise awareness among vulnerable populations as well as key stakeholders on TIP and share best practices to combat human trafficking.
    • Climate Change: Foster dialogue among key stakeholders, including civil society, about preparedness for climate change-related challenges.
  1. Theme Two: Economic Prosperity
    Entrepreneurship:
    • Promote and support start-up hubs, incubators, business associations and other initiatives which lead to innovation, business, science, and technology cooperation to increase economic opportunities especially for emerging business leaders.
    • Promote projects that enhance women’s participation, promotion, and longevity in the labor force and ability to assume leadership positions.
    Education:
    • Increase access to education and economic opportunity to underserved communities.
    • Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) education, including institutional partnerships with a particular focus on women and girls and underserved communities.
  1. Theme Three: Regional Security
    • Promote U.S.-India partnership and shared goals for the development of the Indo-Pacific region.
    • Address issues of regional security, including cybersecurity, critical and engineering technologies, and countering violent extremism, as well as exchanges that promote multilateral cooperation and enhance stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
    • Promote and develop social and intellectual connections, creating bridges of understanding and connection among Indo-Pacific countries by providing opportunities for participants to identify and appreciate common values.
  1. Theme Four: Shared Democratic Values
    • Increase effectiveness of individuals, organizations, and coalitions working to advance and/or advocate for respect and promotion of human rights.
    • Promote sensitization on Gender Based Violence (GBV) issues.
    • Strengthen and build capacity of local organizations who work on social and economic inclusion of marginalized communities (including the LGBTQ+), to build long-term, self-sustaining relationships within communities and organizations.
    • Promote freedom of the press that improve quality of investigative journalism, transparency, and reinforce journalistic standards to counter disinformation.
    • Promote pluralism, religious freedom, and social inclusion.

NOFO details:

Funding Opportunity Title – PDS – Annual Program Statement 2023
Funding Opportunity Number: C-APS-23-001
Application Deadline:  February 28, 2024 [11:59 pm midnight Washington, DC].
Note: This is a rolling grant. Project proposals will be reviewed on a quarterly basis i.e., April, July, November 2023, and March 2024.  Applicants don’t have to wait until the final deadline to submit proposals.
Maximum Award Amount: USD 25,000
Minimum Award Amount: USD 5,000
Length of Project Period: Not to exceed 12 months.

To view the complete NOFO and application process please visit: PDS – ANNUAL PROGRAM STATEMENT 2023