Request for Proposals
The Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives team is pleased to announce that the 2019 call for application is now open. Please see below further details.
Criteria for Selection
Proposals will be judged on their ability to engage the local or regional alumni network on one of the four thematical areas. 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.
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 while taking these factors into account.
The KfW Development Bank partnership
With 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 2019 Alumni Leadership Action Projects call. Winning submission will be selected to receive up to 10,000 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. The winners of the 2019-2020 cycle will participate in the 2020 GMF Triennial Transatlantic Leaders Retreat to showcase their work. As such we want to ask all applicants to budget in their proposals $750 costs for accommodation at the retreat.
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 14th and September 15th. Winning proposals will be announced in November 2019.