Proposals Invited for 2014 MMF Alumni Leadership Projects Competition
GMF is committed to providing the MMF alumni community with opportunities to connect to the people and issues that shape the transatlantic community. Yet we have also observed that the best MMF alumni activities—those that attract a large audience, that speak to local concerns, and that energize the wider network—stem from ideas generated and executed by alumni themselves. We at GMF would like to provide the resources and support to make your ideas for ongoing engagement come to life.
The Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives team announces the opening of a competitive request for proposals for MMF alumni events and projects. Topics may take any format, including but not limited to: panel discussions combined with networking receptions; one- to two-day workshops centered around a local or regional policy issue; small-scale meetings of alumni based on affinity group; the hosting of a guest speaker from outside the region; field-based site visits, perhaps designed to interact with alumni from other regions; delegations to major GMF conferences that will report findings back to local alumni communities through an interactive program; or web- or social-media based projects that elicit network participation. Winning submissions will be awarded mini-grants in the range of $US 2-5,000.
Successful proposals could take a variety of formats. The above picture features Northern California MMF alumni Michael Fernandez (MMF ’09), Managing Principal, JMF & Co.; David Chiu (MMF ’07), President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Nancy Bui-Thompson (MMF ’12), President of the Board of Directors, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; and Dan Fealk (MMF ’11), Partner and Group Chair, DLA Piper; with German Consul General Peter Rothen. The Northern California MMF alumni group organized a panel discussion sponsored by the German Consulate General in San Francisco on the topic of sustainable urban development. The event energized the MMF network, with invitations extended to and accepted by alumni from as far south as Los Angeles and as far north as Seattle, and connected MMF with alumni of other German-oriented fellowship programs such as Bosch and CBXG, who partnered with the MMF organizers. The San Francisco event provides just one example of the type of event that energizes the MMF community and also leverages local recourses and talent. To read more about the competition, including selection criteria, resources offered, and procedures, click here.
On Monday, August 5, at both 10:00 am EST and 3:00 pm EST, the GMF team will be available on a conference call to answer any questions you might have about the competition. This will also be an opportunity to share your ideas with GMF to both receive vital feedback– and perhaps connect with other alumni that might become partners in your project. To join this call, please contact [email protected] for details.
Project narratives and proposed budgets should be submitted using this online form. Proposals should be submitted no later than 5:00 pm EST on September 30, 2013. The application portal is live and accepting applications between now and September 30th. GMF will begin to judge applications and make awards on September 3rd. Awards will be made on a rolling basis by GMF during the month of September 2013, with a closing date of September 30th. Winning proposals will be announced in October. Please direct any questions to [email protected]