Opportunity Number: PAS-CHISINAU-FY19-03-OUTREACH
CFDA Number: 19.900
CFDA Title: AEECA PD Programs
Program: Alumni Program (AEECA)
Announcement Type: Open Competition
Announcement Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019
Anticipated Award Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Agency Contact: Andrei Cusnir,

Program Description

The Alumni Small Grants program supports alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs in implementing best practices and experiences gained during their U.S. exchange program. Ranging from professional to community development, these are a wide range of programs that contribute to mutual understanding between U.S. and Moldovan citizens. Alumni small grants generally range from $5,000-$20,000.


Grant proposals must support projects that address a tangible need in a community and have measurable outcomes. Extra consideration will be given to projects that address the current needs of rural communities and projects implemented by groups of alumni of at least two different U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs.

The themes for the competition are:

  1. Supporting Independent Voices in Media and Arts
  2. Entrepreneurship and Economic Competitiveness
  3. American Values
  4. Accountable Governance

Applicants are encouraged to develop partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including the public and/or private sector as well as local organizations, where applicable. All proposals must include an evidence-based description of: (i) the problem the applicant seeks to address; (ii) the implementation context, including any relevant details and the target beneficiaries of the project; and (iii) the project’s theory of change, i.e., how the proposed project will achieve the program objectives.

Strong proposals will also define how their programs are innovative, which could include one or more of the following elements:

  • Demonstrates strong potential for sustainability and positive impact regardless of future funding or lack thereof.
  • Presents a new model or a creative way of scaling and building upon successful approaches;
  • Responds to a current challenge;
  • Organizes alumni in a novel way that allows them to make a measurable change;
  • Involves people from underserved communities or groups in activities that relate to American values.

In identifying the specific target populations, proposals must demonstrate a commitment towards the support and inclusion of marginalized communities (including disability status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, whether they live in a rural or urban setting, etc.).

It is encouraged to plan at least one activity from your project at the America House from Chisinau or at an American Corner in Balti, Ceadir Lunga, Tiraspol, or Ungheni. These spaces offers excellent resources for alumni to engage with their own audiences. For more information visit the America House website at

Award Information

Funding Instrument Type: Grants or Fixed Amount Awards

Funding per grant: up to $20,000

Expected number of awards: 5-10

Expected award date is April 15, 2019.


Eligibility is limited to Moldovan non-profit organizations where at least one alumnus or alumna of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, who are citizens or residents of the Republic of Moldova play a leading role in project implementation.

The Alumni Small Grants Program cannot fund:

  •  Individuals
  •  Organizations with affiliation to elected officials, political parties, or religious groups;
  •  Humanitarian or charitable activities, including direct social services to populations;
  •  Fundraising campaigns;
  •  Career development activities;
  •  Political or partisan activities;
  •  Scientific research;
  •  Costs for meals and refreshments above 10% of the total funding;
  •  Staff salaries above 15% of the total funding (including fringe benefits);
  •  Transatlantic travel; or
  •  Purchase or lease of land and/or buildings

Application Submission Information

A complete application must contain the following mandatory elements:

  1. Application Format in MS Word format (Related Documents)
  2. Detailed Budget in MS Excel format (Related Documents)
  3. Budget Narrative (free form)
  4. CVs of the paid staff and experts

Unsolicited attachments will not be read and should not be submitted for this award.

Do not archive documents and do not send links to external storages such as Google Drive or Dropbox. The documents must be attached as individual files and sent in one email before the deadline. Do not send the application package more than one time.

Please send the application electronically to including the Funding opportunity Number and Name of the Organization in the subject of your email.   

Example: PAS-CHISINAU-FY19-03-OUTREACH Asociatia Moldova

Please contact if you experience technical problems or are unable to submit an electronic version of the application.

Successful applicants may be required to register in SAM.GOV (System for Award Management) before an award can be made.

Review Criteria

Proposals are judged by a review panel on a combination of the following criteria:

Originality and Relevance to Thematic Priorities (30%)

Proposals should exhibit originality and relevance to the aforementioned Mission Goals and Priority Themes.

Sustainability and Feasibility (25%)

Objectives should be measurable and achievable. Applicants should provide a timeline of project activities and outcomes.

Applicant’s Record and Capacity (25%)

The Embassy will consider the past performance of prior recipients and the demonstrated potential of new applicants. Proposals from organizations should demonstrate an institutional record of successful program administration, including responsible fiscal management and full compliance with all reporting requirements for past grants. Any paid staff should play an essential role and have clearly-defined responsibilities.

Cost Effectiveness (20%)

The costs associated with the program should be reasonable and correspond to local market norms for full-time/part-time duties.

Contact information

Andrei Cusnir
Alumni and Speakers Program Specialist
+373 22 851704; +37369227731

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