Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni

The U.S. Department of State is working tirelessly to address the coronavirus pandemic, and we invite U.S. citizen alumni of all U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to apply for a rapid response grant to address issues related to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 are available through the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund Rapid Response. This funding opportunity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund Rapid Response will award funding to individuals and teams of U.S. citizen alumni to carry out public service projects that build community resilience and engagement. While we encourage alumni team projects of two or more U.S. citizen exchange alumni, due to the need for rapid response to address the pandemic, we are also accepting grants proposed by individual alumni.

Please note: This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice.

How to apply

Start by making sure you and your team members are registered in the International Exchange Alumni network on If you have trouble renewing or establishing your account, fill out the account inquiry form at

Need an account? Email with the subject line: CDAF Rapid Response- Account Registration.

Access the U.S. Alumni tab of the International Exchange Alumni website for Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund Rapid Response eligibility and requirements. You will submit your proposal through an online form. You may start and save your application in the form to continue working on it at a later date.


Do you have questions about this competition?

Catch up on all you need to know about the application process, proposal writing tips, and important eligibility requirements with the Q&A webinar for the 2019 Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund here.

Click here to see a page of Frequently Asked Questions.

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The Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.