The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi announces an open competition for Georgian USG alumni for activities that support Georgia’s democratic development and Western integration.
Grant proposals must support projects that address a tangible need in a community and have measurable outcomes. Applicants may develop partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including the public and/or private sector as well as local organizations, where applicable.
Please note that basic education proposals should focus on strengthening public schools for grades 1-12 through teacher training and professional development or innovative programs for students including school libraries, science and language labs, and enrichment programs.
Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months timeframe or less. Expected start of the project should be 4 month after the program deadline.
This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.
Content of Application
• The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
• All documents are in English
• All budgets are in U.S. dollars
• All pages are numbered
• All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
• All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.
The following documents are required:
• SF424I (Application for Federal Assistance – Individuals)
• SF424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
• SF424B (Assurances – Non-Construction Programs)
• Completed Alumni Application Form 2023.
• CVs of applying alumni and the key personnel.
• Letters of support from project partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner (if applicable)
• Official permission letters, if required for project activities.
Instructions (both in English and Georgian) for mandatory forms are available to download from the website with other documents.
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RAR and ZIP files will not be accepted. If the size of the email exceeds 6MB, please make sure to send the required documents into separate emails.
If two proposals are submitted, all mandatory documents need to be filled our separately for each project and be sent as separate packages.
Funding Restrictions: Alumni Program does not support the following activities or costs, and the selection committee will deem applications involving any of these activities or costs ineligible:
· Administrative staff salaries, office space, and operational expenses exceeding 30% of total requested amount. These types of costs are allowable only as they relate to specific project activities and are in accordance with grant guidelines. Salary or honoraria should be listed according to rate of pay and percentage of time spent on program-related activities. While salary expenses are permissible for indigenous personnel, payment of honoraria and other expenses for foreign experts will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
· Construction programs
· Alcohol or entertainment (e.g. hiring DJ for closing ceremony)
· “Contingency” or “miscellaneous” costs
· Charitable or the provision of direct social services to a population
· Support or opposition of political activity
· Programs that support specific religious activities
· Fund-raising campaigns
· Venture capital, for-profit endeavors, or charging a fee for participation in the project
· Individual scholarships
· Personal development
· Programs that duplicate existing programs
· Food expenses exceeding 10% of total requested amount. When these costs cannot be supported by cost share, they should be clearly justified and limited to a maximum of 10 percent of the total award amount. This includes expenses associated with individual per diems for grant-related activities.
Other Submission Requirements: Please submit your project proposals via electronic mail at TbilisiGrants@state.gov and include the program name ( Alumni Program ) in the subject line.
Eligible Applicants: Eligibility is limited to the alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, who are citizens or residents of Georgia. (https://alumni.state.gov/list-exchange-programs) 3. Other Eligibility Requirements: Applicants are only allowed to submit a maximum of two proposal per individual. If more than two proposals is submitted from an individual, all proposals from that individual will be considered ineligible for funding. If a group of alumni cooperate to submit a joint project, the requested amount cannot exceed $20,000. The submitting applicant should be an individual alumnus/alumna or the group of alumni, but the grant can be awarded to the organization partnering in the project. If the organization will be the awardee, they need to present active SAM.gov registration prior to awarding process.