Request for Proposals
The Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives team is pleased to announce that the 2018 call for application is now open. Please see below further details.
Future of Democracy
Recent populist developments have highlighted weaknesses in our democracies. Europe and the United States are experiencing increased mobilization on the far right and the far left. Similar attributes characterize both including strong leadership, opposition to elites, and calls for a different distribution of rights and wealth. These movements exploit the discontent, need, and desire of ordinary people that must be addressed. They are also bringing forth a growing mistrust in government, international institutions, and global trade. Core pillars of democracy such as independent judiciary, free media, and civil society are no longer guaranteed. The increase of violent extremism contributes to a state of fear which can lead to irrational choices that impact civil liberties and international alliances. Policy innovations that address these challenges are urgently needed.
There is growing concern for the future of U.S. global leadership both at home and abroad, as is the future of the European Union in light of the Brexit vote. Mounting skepticism of the importance of trade and international relations and resistance to immigration and inclusion fueled by security concerns continues to feed inward thinking by the public and their representatives. These factors, on their own or in combination, demonstrate the increasing need to invest in a more global outlook of our domestic leaders. Elected leaders at all levels need to understand and translate these global trends for their local constituencies now more than ever before. GMF’s Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives team has pioneered innovative programs and powerful curricula to help leaders expand their global professional networks; gain access to GMF’s policy expertise; and think, engage, and act at the international level. GMF is pleased to further make a deeper commitment to strengthen and build the global engagement capacities in American and European leaders over the next three years.
Identity and Inclusion
The need for diverse and inclusive leadership has never been more clear, as Europe and the United States strive to strengthen social cohesion and to leverage the innovation and creativity of diverse teams in a highly competitive global environment. On both sides of the Atlantic, we continue to witness tensions that underscore the need to reverse trends of social fragmentation and scale up successful models of inclusion. A failure to do so may intensify tensions across such diversity markers as race, ethnicity, faith, and gender, despite legislation and innovative practices that have grown from civil rights movements on both sides of the Atlantic.
The inclusive leadership competency empowers leaders across sectors to access the full potential in our societies to address such pressing issues as refugee and immigration flows, equity in cities and economies, new majority-minority demographics, inclusive security, and civil and human rights for all.
While the inclusive leadership competency has never been more essential, it is not yet widely understood and implemented in 21st century-oriented leadership circles. Making sure the full range of stakeholders are represented, effectively utilizing resources to equitably serve populations, and ensuring inclusive leadership skills for next generation leaders will therefore be areas of focus in the next three years for GMF's work through its Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative.
GMF is pleased to invite alumni to apply for Leadership Action Project grants with the following aims:
- Creating New Dialogues — Projects in this area will aim to bridge intergroup divides, such as rural-urban, age gaps, cross-sector, and social and economic diversification or a new pluralism.
- Igniting New Leadership — Projects in this area will aim to enhance the leadership skills of our network, facilitating connectivity among alumni and transfers of knowledge, skills, and contacts between or among organizations in or among particular regions, professions, fields of engagement, youth and other demographics, strengthening the ability of alumni to effect change.
- New Thinking on 21st Century Leadership — Projects in this area will aim to identify issues and trends that are present on both sides of the Atlantic, account for their similarities while recognizing differences, and put forth solutions that work well in some communities and could be applied elsewhere too.
Criteria for Selection
Proposals will be judged on their ability to engage the local or regional alumni network on a substantive topic or issue of relevance to the transatlantic community. Special consideration will be given to proposals demonstrating collaboration efforts across the Atlantic. Proposals should include details of matching funds or resources equivalent to the amount to be provided by GMF. Particular attention will be given to innovative or creative proposals that break new ground for the alumni network. Proposals submitted jointly by groups of alumni, or that ensure a high level of participation by a wide range of GMF stakeholders, will receive higher marks. GMF will make all final decisions and will feature winning proposals on its website.
The KfW Development Bank partnership
As part of the ongoing partnership between GMF and the German Federal Government through the KfW Development Bank to foster leadership in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, alumni who are residents of these countries are strongly encouraged to apply for the 2018 Alumni Leadership Action Projects call. Up to four winning submission will be selected to receive up to 5,000 euros.
Resources Offered and Requirements
Winning submissions will be awarded mini-grants in the range of up to 5,000 USD. This amount can also be used as seed money to secure additional support from other institutions. Therefore, we encourage winning proposals to seek local partnership and the leveraging of resources in addition to the amount invested by GMF. These resources may take the form of matching funds from a local business or foundations, donations of event space from local vendors, or contributions of resources by the local community. Events and projects using the funds must be executed by May 2019. GMF will offer winning teams support from its headquarters to publicize the initiative and invite other alumni to join. Winners will be asked to give regular updates on the project development and hand in a final report. They are also encouraged to share through social media about their projects during the execution. Payment of the awarded amount will be made directly to the winners in the form of a grant.
Please fill out the fields in our application portal, and attach the narrative application and budget proposal. We recommend you look at this form in advance, draft text for these categories separately, and then fill in this form and press submit in one sitting.
The application portal is live and accepting applications between June 4th and September 15th. Winning proposals will be announced in October 2018.