About Grants

The Federation offers financial assistance to its Member Chapters through its Grants Program. These Grants include:

  • The A. Reynold and Eleanor Morse Visiblility Grant — for signage, websites or other projects to promote awareness of a Member Chapter
  • The Educational Initiatives Grant — for expansion or improvement of Educational resources
  • The Cultural Development Grant — to help defray costs of a cultural program originated by a Member Chapter
  • The Children’s Programs Development Grant – To assist in any development initiative for the 0-13 year old population

Please see each grant for description, criteria, eligibility, and application forms.

Grant Application Due Date Award Announcement Disbursement
(at the latest)
Educational
Development
March 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 June 1, 2017
Children’s Initiatives March 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 June 1, 2017
Morse Visibility November 1, 2017 December 15, 2017 January 15, 2018
Cultural Initiatives November 1, 2017 December 15, 2017 January 15, 2018

All questions and enquiries relating to grants should be directed to:

Melissa Saura
Program Coordinator
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA

EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES DEVELOPMENT GRANT 2017

DESCRIPTION OF GRANT

The Educational Initiatives Development Grant is availed to Member Chapters for any development initiative to set up a teaching program, to broaden existing class offerings, or to create a specific one-time class or workshop.

The grant is in the amount of $8,000.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017.

The purpose of the grant is to provide seed investment for initiatives going forth. It is not to be applied for support of existing programs or for ongoing operational expenses (such as teacher salaries, rent, etc.).

Such initiatives could include:

  • Development of classes for adults or children
  • Infrastructure to create a classroom space (renovation work to create a new classroom, paint, shelving)
  • Purchase of fixtures and furnishings to equip a classroom room (chairs, tables, tablets, interactive white board, etc.)
  • Creation of a workshops series
  • Partnership initiatives with other local cultural/educational venues
  • Purchase of a collection of FLE books; tablet applications
  • Culturethèque access in support of an educational program (initial year only)
  • Any fees relative to training sessions for teachers organized by the Délégation générale in Washington
  • Registration fees for local workshops for teacher development

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for Educational Initiatives Development Grant funds from the Federation, the applying Alliance must:

  • Be a nonprofit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) in their state.
  • Be a member in good standing of the Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA (must have paid their dues for at least the last two consecutive years as well as submitted their yearly questionnaire).
  • Both Alliances that already have teaching activities and those who do not may apply.

MEASUREMENT CRITERIA

  • expected impact for the Alliance and expected results for the growth of this
  • public
  • other initiatives in the Alliance in support of French educational initiatives (classes, partnerships, etc.)
  • expected impact for the community at large
  • existing French programs for French instruction in the area
  • sustainability of initiative
  • financial stability of the Alliance
  • strength of program and proposal
  • proven potential to fund-raise for the remaining sum for the project
  • staff and volunteer resources
  • marketing proposed in support of the initiative
  • professionalism of the proposal application

APPLICATION

Please note that the grant application must be received in the Federation Office no later than March 1st to be considered for the grant award of the calendar year. Grants recipients will be notified at the Federation Annual meeting in late October.

Download and fill out the Educational Initiatives Development Grant application form or Word version and return via email to federation@afusa.org.

Application Deadline: March 1 of the calendar year.
Application form in PDF format
Application form in Word document format
Note: Requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded here.

Melissa Saura
Program Coordinator
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
P.O. Box 42726
Washington, DC 20015
Tel: +1 (301) 530-2100

Grants funds each year will be attributed to one or more Alliances, based upon development of the application's merit.

If you have any questions, contact us by e-mail at federation@afusa.org.

Cultural Development Grant

DESCRIPTION OF GRANT

The Cultural Development Grant is availed to assist member chapters for the development of a cultural initiative or specific program.

The grant is in the amount of $4,000. The grant amount can be the full amount of your project or a small portion of it.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017.

The purpose of the grant is to provide seed investment for initiatives going forth. It is not to be applied for ongoing operational expenses (such as salaries, rent, etc.):

The Cultural Program Committee looks more favorably upon applications where the Member Chapter matches or makes a contribution to the project budget.

The subject matter of your Member Chapter grant proposal should be pertinent to the Federation of Alliance Française mission of promoting French language and Francophone culture with the goal of "improving cross-cultural understanding and strengthening intercultural communications". The method of conveyance is fairly open and can range from lectures, musical or theatrical performances, invitations to authors or lecturers, fashion shows, Bastille Day events or even cooking demonstrations (Please note: food/beverage in and of itself for events is not eligible for funding).

The second requirement of the project is that it expand the scope and or depth of your cultural program for your members; that is, that it "develop" your program activity. It should be an activity that would not be possible without the grant support. The Grant is for investment and development initiatives, not for operations, such as salaries or supplies, but it can be used to pay for airfare, hotel and honoraria. Ideally, it would be an event never done before by your chapter, although it is possible that you request funding to redo a previous event on a grander scale.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for Cultural Development Grant funds from the Federation, the Alliance must:

  • Be a nonprofit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) in their state
  • Be a member in good standing of the Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA (must have paid their dues for at least the last two consecutive years as well as submitted their yearly questionnaire)
  • Both Alliances that already have teaching activities and those who do not may apply

MEASUREMENT CRITERIA

  • expected impact for the Alliance and expected attendance results
  • other initiatives in the Alliance in support of French cultural initiatives
  • (classes, partnerships, etc.)
  • expected impact for the community at large
  • existing French programs for French programs in the area
  • sustainability of initiative
  • financial stability of the Alliance
  • strength of program and proposal
  • proven potential to fund-raise for the remaining sum for the project
  • staff and volunteer resources
  • marketing proposed in support of the initiative
  • professionalism of the proposal application

APPLICATION

Please note that the grant application must be received in the Federation Office no later than November 1st to be considered for the grant award of the calendar year. Grants recipients will be notified at the Federation Annual meeting in late October.

A full report of the event will be due to the Cultural Program Committee within 30 days after the event. Items to be addressed in your report would be an evaluation of goals met and assessment of impact.

Download and fill out the Cultural Development Grant application form or Word version and return via email to federation@afusa.org.

Application Deadline: November 1 of the calendar year.
Application form in PDF format
Application form in Word document format
Note: Requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded here.

Melissa Saura
Program Coordinator
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
P.O. Box 42726
Washington, DC 20015
Tel: +1 (301) 530-2100

Grants funds each year will be attributed to one or more Alliances, based upon development of the application's merit.

If you have any questions, contact us by e-mail at federation@afusa.org.

ELEANOR AND A. REYNOLDS MORSE
VISIBILITY GRANT 2017

DESCRIPTION OF GRANT

The Eleanor and A. Reynolds Visibility Grant is availed to assist member chapters for any development initiative which promotes the awareness and image of the AF in the community via promotional and marketing initiatives.

This grant, made possible by the A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse Fund and designated monies from the Federation, is in the amount of $1,000.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017.

The creators of the award stipulated that the funds be "made available for grants to member chapters of the Federation for use in projects to promote visual awareness and the image of the Federation and its Alliance Française chapters." The Federation, through this Grant, is looking to support the Alliance Française chapter with the greatest need and which demonstrates a valid, identifiable impact of the grant on their Alliance. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Signage for building facades
  • Establishment of, or improvement of a website
  • Print pieces for advertising a special project or event
  • Visual marketing initiatives (bus/subway ads, banners at fairs, etc)

The Grant is for investment and development initiatives, not for ongoing visual marketing operations, such as the printing of regular class offerings brochures and cultural calendars.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for Eleanor and W. Reynolds Morse Visibility Grant funds from the Federation, the Alliance must:

  • Be a nonprofit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) in their state
  • Be a member in good standing of the Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA (must have paid their dues for at least the last two consecutive years as well as submitted their yearly questionnaire).

MEASUREMENT CRITERIA

  • expected impact for the Alliance and expected results for the growth of their public
  • other initiatives in the Alliance in support of French educational and cultural initiatives (classes, partnerships, etc.)
  • expected impact for the community at large
  • existing French programs for French instruction in the area
  • sustainability of initiative
  • financial stability of the Alliance
  • strength of program and proposal
  • proven potential to fund-raise for the remaining sum for the project
  • staff and volunteer resources
  • marketing proposed in support of the initiative
  • professionalism of the proposal application

APPLICATION

Please note that the grant application must be received in the Federation Office no later than November 1st to be considered for the grant awards for the calendar year. Grants recipients will be notified at the Federation Annual meeting in late October.

Download and fill out the Morse Visibility Grant application form or Word version and return via email to federation@afusa.org.

Application Deadline: November 1 of the calendar year.
Application form in PDF format
Application form in Word document format
Note: Requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded here.

Melissa Saura
Program Coordinator
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
P.O. Box 42726
Washington, DC 20015
Tel: +1 (301) 530-2100

Grants funds each year will be attributed to one or more Alliances, based upon development of the application's merit.

Receipt of the Morse Grant in any year does not preclude a chapter from applying for and being awarded any other grant provided by the Federation. If you have any questions, contact us by e-mail at federation@afusa.org.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
DEVELOPMENT GRANT 2017

DESCRIPTION OF GRANT

The Children’s Programs Development Grant is availed to assist member chapters for any cultural, educational or social development initiative for the 0-13 year old population.

The grant is in the amount of $2,000.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017.

The purpose of the grant is to provide seed investment for initiatives going forth. It is not for support of existing efforts or for ongoing operational expenses (such as teacher salaries, rent):

  • Specific cultural program for children
  • Membership enhancement for this group
  • Family programs initiatives
  • Development of classes for children
  • Fixtures and furnishing for a children’s room
  • Building costs relative to the creation a children’s space
  • Summer camp initiatives
  • Creation of workshops
  • Partnership initiatives with other local cultural/educational venues
  • Purchase of a collection of books for children; Culturethèque access for use in a program, tablet applications
  • Web development for kids marketing

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for Children’s Programs Development Grant funds from the Federation, the Alliance must:

  • Be a nonprofit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) in their state;
  • Be a member in good standing of the Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA (must have paid their dues for at least the last two consecutive years as well as submitted their yearly questionnaire).
  • Both Alliances that already have teaching activities for children and those who do not may apply.

MEASUREMENT CRITERIA

  • expected impact for the Alliance and expected results for the growth of this
  • public
  • other initiatives in the Alliance in support of youth initiatives (classes, partnerships, etc.)
  • expected impact for the community at large
  • existing French programs for kids in the area
  • sustainability of initiative
  • financial stability of the Alliance
  • strength of program and proposal
  • proven potential to fund-raise for the remaining sum for the project
  • staff and volunteer resources
  • marketing proposed in support of the initiative
  • professionalism of the proposal application

APPLICATION

Please note that the grant application must be received in the Federation Office no later than March 1st to be considered for the grant awards for the calendar year. Grants recipients will be notified at the Federation Annual meeting in late October.

Download and fill out the Children’s Programs Development Grant application form or Word version and return via email to federation@afusa.org.

Application Deadline: March 1 of the calendar year.
Application form in PDF format
Application form in Word document format
Note: Requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded here.

Melissa Saura
Program Coordinator
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
P.O. Box 42726
Washington, DC 20015
Tel: +1 (301) 530-2100

Grants funds each year will be attributed to one or more Alliances, based upon development of the application's merit.

If you have any questions, contact us by e-mail at federation@afusa.org.