Community Leadership Program

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If you are an alumna/alumnus of a U.S. government (USG) sponsored exchange program and have an idea for a creative outreach project, a special activity, or a unique program for your community in Canada, apply now for our Community Leadership Program (CLP). This program, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Canada and Fulbright Canada, provides an opportunity to take action, get involved, and help make your community and the world a better place.

Ailsa Craig led a team of Fulbright alumni in an education initiative for LGBT youth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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As an alumnus/alumna you know that the mandate of the U.S. Embassy in Canada and Fulbright Canada is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States of America and the people of Canada. As an ambassador for your country and an intellectual leader in your field, you are key to providing community leadership on environmental and social justice issues, as well as community development efforts.

The Fulbright Canada - US Embassy in Canada Community Leadership grants have supported a number of high profile, high impact projects over the past five years and will continue to do so. Here are a couple of examples of some outstanding projects.

All alumni are encouraged to apply for a grant (with a value of up to $8,000) to undertake a project in your community. You must apply in teams of at least three alumni (all Canadian and American USG exchange program alumni are eligible), including a project manager who must be a Canadian. All participants must currently be living in Canada. If you have a project idea, but don't know other alumni in your region, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Canada's Alumni Coordinator () or Fulbright Canada (). We will assist you in connecting with potential partners and, if you like, provide help in developing your application. You are also strongly encouraged to include at least one community partner. In addition to bringing together alumni, the CLP is designed to bring together universities, local NGOs, and other community groups to plan and implement the project.

For purposes of the grant competition, we have divided Canada into six geographic regions: Atlantic Canada (NL, NS, NB, and PEI), Ontario, Québec, the prairies (MB, SK, and AB), British Columbia, and the North (YT, NWT, and NU). Subject to the competitive process, it is our intention to grant at least one award in each region. The proposals will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives from Fulbright Canada and the U.S. Embassy in Canada. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The potential for positive impact on the community, particularly for youth
  • The degree of alumni, community, and partner engagement
  • The creativity in realizing the program mandate
  • The overall cost effectiveness

The following are offered as examples of possible themes or projects:

  1. Training programs on entrepreneurship or financial literacy
  2. Youth workshops on the value of international exchange
  3. Literacy projects in support of new Canadians
  4. Community housing projects (such as a Habitat for Humanity project)

If you would like to participate in a project in your region, but would prefer to be involved in a project led by another alumna/alumnus, you may sign up as a "volunteer alumni team member" by contacting us at . The Canadian alumna/alumnus who proposes the project will be the project manager and will be responsible for managing the funds, coordinating the efforts of the other alumni and volunteers, and writing the final report.

Projects will not be considered if they include a request funding for salaries, professional development, or funds to finance overhead expenses for existing institutions.

Interested applicants must send the completed application to .  All applicants are encouraged to closely review the terms and conditions of the application for the Community Leadership Program. 

If you have any questions, please contact Fulbright Canada at .

Are you ready to start your journey?