EERC GRANT APPLICATION FOR ALUMNI
Do you have an idea for a project? Here is your chance to bring that idea to life!
EERC is pleased to provide alumni with the opportunity to apply for a grant. This grant will offer you the opportunity to take a risk, explore and expand your capabilities, and gain experience implementing a real-world project can be used in your community or school, help you gain new skills and knowledge, all while also promoting the values and the message of our organization.
WHO CAN APPLY: The grant is accessible to all EERC alumni. Only one grant will be awarded per individual, per year, unless applying with different co applicants. A project can be continued for following years with new grants awarded.
SELECTION :The applications are reviewed and considered by the EERC grant panel. Applicants will be notified if their project is selected to be fully or partially funded. EERC will announce in advance the tentative number of awards possible for that year.
OWN IT: It means that we encourage bold, creative ideas. If you have never done it before, if it's a little scary - don't let that stop you; especially if the underlying idea is a good one! We expect grantee to be realistic about what he/she can accomplish and to be pragmatic in recognizing when things are not going according to plan (bold activities often don't!). "Taking ownership of your project" means that if the original plan appears to be unworkable, we expect you to inform EERC and to develop an alternative plan. For example, if other obligations prevent you or other key people from devoting as much time as is required, we expect you to find someone else to take his/her place. We also expect grantees, at the end of the project, to reflect thoughtfully about the lessons learned in the course of undertaking the project.
- The grantee is an EERC alumni
- The project submitted targets the academic and overall enrichment of the applicant. The educational value of the grant will be a top concern.
- Civic involvement in local area (school or community)
- Leadership qualities. The grantee takes full responsibility for planning and implementing the project, and for reporting back to EERC how the project turned out.
- Creativity and innovation
- Probability of project continuity
- Clearly defined goals, activities and outcomes
- Fiscal responsibility
- Evaluation mechanism that can accurately assess project results
- Timely completion of final reports for previous grants
- Great consideration will be offered if the project shows a partnership with others (former host family, other alumni).
WHAT WE FUND:
- Technology or equipment
- Basic school needs
- Travel time or travel expenses
- Food or hospitality expenses
- Membership fees for professional and various organizations
- Personal development courses, seminars as long as the skills will be applied to the project
- Materials, books, equipment for projects
- Speaker and guest fees
- Pilot programs that introduce new techniques and materials to the classroom
- Projects are expected to be completed by end of the following year.
- EERC will be named as sponsored, mentioned in presentations, fliers, other promotion materials used. EERC logo will be provided to the applicants.
- Grantees will be expected to provide a short (1-2 pages) report in the last month of the project that describes
- what was achieved
- what went well
- what challenges were encountered and how they were handled
- lessons learned / advice you would give to someone else attempting a similar project
Deadline to apply: September 30
Clarifications regarding project (if questions from the selectors): October 15-20
Grant notification: October 31
Good luck to all!