"NEXT STEP" ALUMNI GRANT
With a current BR and AVC alumni base of over 2,300, which continues to grow by 325+ annually, investing in our participants’ next steps is key to achieving our long-term vision of true engagement. That’s why over the years we’ve funded 29 “Next Step” alumni grants to further support the impact and echo our alumni make across the globe and in Armenia – and strengthen their leadership skills and confidence that they can make a difference. For 2019 we’ve awarded grants to the top four projects we feel will leave the largest mark on the local communities and beneficiaries they serve.
2020 Application is currently open
Grant Process Overview
By having a strong understanding of the grant process we have designed, your chances of submitting a successful application will be optimized. Therefore, please read carefully the details below to better understand the eligibility criteria, restrictions, timeframes and deadlines, and grant review considerations. “Next Step” grants are competitive, with numbers of grants being awarded in each calendar year. Prior to submitting your grant request, should you have questions at any time while preparing your proposal, we encourage you to reach out to the Birthright Armenia Alumni Program Coordinator for guidance and assistance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proposals submitted for funding consideration must include the below mentioned sections:
- Projects should have a direct benefit in Armenia and must include at least one implementing partner on the ground in Armenia, as local partners are key to successful outcomes. Implementing partners must be a non-profit organization registered in Armenia.
- Project budgets can span from $5,000 – $35,000 USD. Projects under $5,000 USD are funded at 100%. Projects over $5,000 USD are funded at 100% for the initial $5,000 USD, and then matched 1:1 for the portion above $5,000 USD (up to a maximum of $20,000 USD funded by Birthright Armenia). This would allow for projects with a maximum budget of 35,000 USD. For projects over $5,000, Birthright Armenia funding will be released once proof of required matching funds have been met. Recipients will receive a written grant award letter, which must be signed by the organization they are partnering with.
- Project timelines should show project completion within a maximum 12-month time period. At least 80% of the awarded grant must be spent in Armenia, with a maximum of 20% spent for indirect costs.
- Proposals must be for initiatives based in Armenia for which alumni are taking a lead position in its implementation.
- To be eligible for a Next Step grant, you must be a Birthright Armenia or Armenian Volunteer Corps alum in good standing. This is defined as having successfully completed the program, having met all volunteer requirements in a timely and professional manner, while exhibiting leadership and initiative.
- There are no age-related restrictions. If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you may apply.
- Airline travel should be based on the most economical itinerary.
- Apartment rentals and hotel stays will not be covered as project expenses. Alums are welcome to utilize our homestay living options, apply for Pathway to Armenia, or find other living options on their own.
- No salary may be included except for direct program services, as no project manager compensation will be covered for the alum.
- A maximum of 20% of the grant total can be used for indirect costs, including travel.
Application Calendar & Submission Process
- Concept papers must be submitted here on or before the deadline – Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.
- Successful candidates will be notified before Friday, May 1st , 2020 and asked to submit a full proposal with the following information before Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
- Executive Summary
- Needs Statement
- Project Outline
- Short-term and Long-term goals
- Implementation Plan and Timeline of Completion
- Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
- Measurable quantitative and qualitative impacts
- Budget narrative
- Any and all changes that may occur after proposal submission must be brought to our attention, immediately. After approval, no such changes may occur.
- Successful proposals will be submitted for a second and final review by the Board of Directors for their approval.
- All proposals must be approved by a majority of the reviewers. Any reviewer shall recuse themselves for any grants submitted by family or relatives.
Grant Review & Considerations
All submitted concept papers will undergo a first-round review, conducted by Alumni Program staff. During this review, we will consider the following prior to finalizing our recommendations for funding:
- Does the proposal have a realistic implementation plan, including clearly defined goals, and identified steps outlined to accomplish those goals?
- Which proposals have the highest expected impact while serving/affecting a large group of beneficiaries?
- Do the majority of grant funds get spent in Armenia?
- Is this a one-time initiative/activity or will more funds be required for sustainability? Is the sustainability plan realistic?
- Preference will be provided to those projects that can show leveraged funding or pledged support from other sources.
- While reviewing the projects, diversity of the topics will also be taken into consideration