Notice of Funding Opportunity: Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2022)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Palestinian Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem announces an open competition through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2022 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2022).   We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni that meet all program eligibility requirements below. Exchange alumni interested in participating in AEIF 2022 should submit proposals to Palestinianalumni@state.gov by January 10, 2022 at 16:00.

AEIF provides alumni of U.S. sponsored and facilitated exchange programs with funding to expand on skills gained during their exchange experience to design and implement innovative solutions to global challenges facing their community. Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects around the world through a competitive global competition. This year, AEIF 2022 will support United States’ commitment to working with our partners around the world that support U.S. foreign policy objectives, promote shared interests, and benefit local communities.
The Public Affairs Unit will accept public service projects proposed and managed by teams of at least two (2) alumni that that encourage alumni networking, professional development, and civic involvement and build on the strong links between the people of the United States and Palestinian people and institutions.

Program Objectives:

Through this program, the U.S. government seeks to support USG exchange and program alumni-led initiatives which support the PAU-PD mission to advance a comprehensive, lasting, negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the development of a prosperous, stable, and transparent Palestinian society, economy and system of governance through substantive engagement with American people, institutions, ideas and ideals in order to improve American-Palestinian relations and create greater opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation.

U.S. Palestinian Affairs Unit will accept public service projects proposed and managed by teams of at least two (2) alumni that contain a substantive American element and achieve at least one of the following specific objectives:

-Bring alumni together from different exchange programs to build or expand an alumni network capable of working together on common interests and increase regional and global collaboration of alumni.
-Strengthen the relationship between alumni and the U.S. government to work together on activities that address mutual goals and challenges.
-Support alumni as they develop their leadership capacity and implement projects in their communities.

PAU-PD will give special consideration to proposals that incorporate the following elements as techniques or tools to support the objectives identified above:

Use PAU-PD American Spaces as the venue for some, if not all, of the program activities or
Include exchange of expertise or experience with American experts/organization(s), or institution(s) in the relevant field.

Participants and Audiences:

Past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs.

Eligible Applicants:

The following individuals are eligible to apply: Applicants must be alumni of a U.S. government-funded exchange program (https://alumni.state.gov/list-exchange-programs) or a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program (https://j1visa.state.gov/).
Projects teams must include teams of at least two (2) alumni based in Jerusalem, West Bank or Gaza.
Alumni who are U.S. citizens may not submit proposals, but U.S. citizen alumni may participate as team members in a project.
Alumni teams may be comprised of alumni from different exchange programs and different countries.
Applications must be submitted by exchange alumni. Not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions are not eligible to apply in the name of the organization but can serve as partners for implementing project activities.

Other Eligibility Requirements:
If the grant will be processed with an individual, that individual is not required to have a DUNS number or be registered in SAM.gov.  However, should the grant be processed with an organization that is a partner in the project, that organization must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Organizations must have a commitment to equal opportunity employment practices and to non-discrimination practices with regard to beneficiaries, without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

Alumni teams are only allowed to submit one proposal. If more than one proposal is submitted, all proposals from that alumni team will be considered ineligible for funding.

Submission Dates and Times:

Exchange alumni interested in participating in AEIF 2022 should submit proposals to Palestinianalumni@state.gov by January 10, 2022 at 16:00.

Organizations wishing to submit proposals to the Public Affairs Section should review the following documents and forms: