The Public Affairs Section at U.S. Embassy Belmopan is pleased to announce an open competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2024 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2024). We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni that meet all program eligibility requirements. Pending availability of funds, AEIF will consider proposals between US$ 5,000 and US$35,000. Exchange alumni interested in participating in AEIF 2024 should submit proposals to BelmopanPA@state.gov by COB on Friday, February 2, 2024.
The 2024 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) promotes a post-driven alumni engagement opportunity, offering posts flexibility in collaborating with alumni teams to develop public service- oriented projects that support U.S. foreign policy objectives, promote shared interests, and benefit local communities. All AEIF projects must address at least one of the following:
Inspiration can be found at alumni.state.gov/aeif and clicking on the links for annual Winners stories and AEIF Success Stories.
FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION
Announcement posted: November 2, 2023
Mandatory application forms for you submission:
Only proposals submitted using the official forms will be considered for funding.
Please attach the completed AEIF 2024 proposal as a WORD document and the completed AEIF 2024 budget form as an EXCEL document. Only complete proposal packages using the required forms will be considered for review.
Only one proposal per group or person allowed.
Please note: When submitting the proposal form and budget form, please use the following naming convention for the titles of the documents: AEIF24_Country_Project Title.
Example Proposal Form: AEIF24_Belize_Inclusive STEAM Curricula.docx
Example Budget Form: AEIF24_Belize_Inclusive STEAM Curricula_Budget.xlxs
Please include in the body of the email a project capsule summarizing your project in four sentences or less. A Justification with any additional information regarding the local context or priorities the review committee may not be aware of in relation to this project. And explain how this project fits and helps your community and/or alumni.
We encourage to send a proposal with the estimated budget at least two weeks before the deadline to BelmopanPA@state.gov if you would like feedback to help determine the competitiveness of the project idea.
Forms should be submitted in the format provided here (PDF and Excel) to BelmopanPA@state.gov by COB on Friday, February 2, 2024.Posts will learn about final funding decisions no later than May 15, 2024.
Proposals may request funds from US $5,000 to US $35,000. The template incorporates sections for the budget justification narrative as well as a second tab providing instructions on what to include in the various budget categories. The budget is in U.S. dollars and is submitted using the designated AEIF 2024 budget form.
Cost Share: Examples include in-kind support (services, labor, supplies/equipment, or volunteers), a business contributing food, an organization offering a venue at a discount or free of charge, an NGO sponsoring an activity, an expert donating time to facilitate a seminar, etc. We encourage all proposals to include some form of cost sharing.
A note on reasonable costs: During the development and review of proposals at post, please make sure cost categories are reasonable. Project management costs should not be more than 30% of the total requested budget amount. Project management costs include fees for speakers, trainers, and consultants. Lodging costs should be for program activities during the project and not for long term rent for project team members. Travel costs need to consider the most economic means of travel.
Supported Activities and Costs
AEIF 2024 can support the following budget items:
AEIF 2024 does not support the following activities or costs, and the selection committee will deem applications involving any of these activities or costs ineligible:
Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an integral part of project management. A well designed and executed M&E plan will provide the Embassy and alumni with quantifiable information on the progress and desired outcome of the project. Did the time and resources invested in the project move the needle on priority issues identified? Did it result in new ways of engaging with hard-to-reach communities? The AEIF application form incorporates an easy to follow-template and is a mandatory part of the application process.
Reporting Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports. The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted.
While the project is ongoing, we encourage you to share with us any events or activities through email or social media. Please tag @USMissionBelize @InternationalExchangeAlumni (Facebook), @ExchangeAlumni (Twitter), @#ExchangeAlumni – Alumni Affairs – State Dept. (LinkedIn) and @VoicesofExchange (Instagram) and add #AEIF2024 and #ExchangeAlumni when posting about AEIF projects.
Questions about the grant application process and/or submission of proposals should be directed to BelmopanPA@state.gov
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