Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni

Do you have a great public service project in mind, but need funding to get it off the ground? Are you ready to use the skills and knowledge you gained during your exchange experience?

If you answered yes, then you and your team of alumni could apply for – and win! – up to $10,000 through the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund 2021 for U.S. Alumni.

The competition provides small grants to teams of at least one U.S. citizen alum and either one U.S. OR international citizen alum of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects using the skills and knowledge they gained during their exchange experiences.

Projects may be carried out virtually, in the United States, its territories, or overseas only when appropriate and in accordance with national and local guidance on COVID-19 safety. If the project is proposed to take place overseas, at least one of the team leaders must have direct international exchange experience in that community. All teams must describe the specific actions they will take to limit the spread of COVID-19 during project implementation.

Applications are being reviewed after Friday, July 23, 2021 and accepting applications on a rolling basis through no later than August 12, 2021! Gather a team of two or more exchange alumni, think of a project that fits one of the themes outlined below, make sure all members have an active International Exchange alumni online account, and start working on your proposal now! 

The Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State, with implementation support by Partners of the Americas.

Interested in applying for a Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund grant?

Start by making sure you 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: Account Registration - CDAF 2021.


Competition Project Themes

CDAF 2021 Competition Timeline

CDAF 2021 Resources


Do you have questions about the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund?

Head to, click on the U.S. Alumni tab, and read detailed information pertaining to competition guidelines and requirements on the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund (CDAF) page.

Catch up on all you need to know about this competition's application process, proposal writing tips, and important eligibility requirements with the Q&A webinar for the 2021 Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund here.

Click here to see a page of Frequently Asked Questions.

Learn more about the winners of the Fall 2020 Competition.

Learn more about the winners of the Rapid Response CDAF Competition.



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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.