The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section has set aside funds for the Alumni Small Grants Program specifically designated for use by past participants of U.S. Government (USG)-sponsored exchange programs. The Alumni Small Grants Program allows our alumni to take their ideas on how to give back to their home community, or Serbian society more generally, and make those a reality. These projects will allow alumni to showcase their leadership and organizational skills, their creativity and innovative approaches to solving problems, and their ability to network and work with allies to achieve their goals.
The following list represents the project themes that will receive preferential treatment during the Alumni Small Grants Program committee’s review of submitted proposals:
- PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Expanding opportunities for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Serbian society (e.g., in education, business and the workplace, government, civil society, the media, sports, the arts, etc.), sharing stories about the successes of the PWDs in Serbian society, and/or devising solutions to help the disabled overcoming remaining challenges to greater participation in society.
- GENDER-FOCUSED PROGRAMS
Promoting gender equality, female entrepreneurship, and women empowerment, as well as combating gender-based violence.
- TOLERANCE & HUMAN RIGHTS
Promoting tolerance of and equality for other vulnerable populations — including the ethnic and religious minorities, the LGBT community, victims of human trafficking, etc. – and countering violent extremism and radicalism in Serbia and the region.
- RULE OF LAW
Rule of law, legal reform, transparency in government, and combat corruption, in the workplace, in education, in the delivery of healthcare, in the legal system, in government offices, etc.
- CIVIC PARTICIPATION
Promoting participation by Serbian citizens in public debate over policy issues, engagement with government officials and bodies, advocating for positions, etc.
- STABILITY, PEACE, & CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION
Supporting conflict resolution efforts within Serbia and within the region, seeking reconciliation, promoting mutual understanding, and promoting cross-border cooperation and communication to solve common problems.
- CIVIL SOCIETY
Capacity-building efforts focused on the strengthening of civil society organizations, the media, and educational institutions.
- FIGHTING BRAIN DRAIN
Combating brain drain, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, and developing Serbia’s market economy
- MEDIA LITERACY
Promoting media literacy and critical thinking.
In order to submit your application please read detailed instructions: Alumni Notice of Funding Opportunity FY2020. All necessary forms and documents are listed and available for download on the right hand side of this page.
Applications, inquiries and all other questions should be sent to BelgradeAlumni@state.gov