Community Leadership Program

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Applications for the Community Leadership Program are currently being accepted until Jan. 31, 2018.  *Deadline has been extended.

Current grantees and alumni of U.S. government (USG) sponsored exchange programs, with ideas for creative community and volunteer-based outreach projects in Canada, are encouraged to apply for the Community Leadership Program (CLP) grant (value of up to $8,000).

The CLP is co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Canada and Fulbright Canada who are both mandated to foster mutual cultural understanding between the people of the United States of America and the people of Canada. Our alumni are leaders in their fields and communities and, through supporting them as they conduct outreach and demonstrate leadership on key community issues (e.g. social justice issues), mutual understanding and positive change are further promoted. Some examples of projects could include: training programs on entrepreneurship or financial literacy, educational workshops for youth (e.g. engaging girls in STEM fields), literacy projects that support new Canadians; and, community housing, garden, or cultural projects.

A committee composed of representatives from Fulbright Canada and the U.S. Embassy in Canada will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:

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

Key requirements:

  • Applicants must apply in teams of at least three alumni. (Note: If you have a project idea, but do not know other alumni in your region, please contact Alanna Blackie DeMos, Alumni Coordinator at Fulbright Canada, () or the U.S. Embassy in Canada ().
  • Applicants must be alumni of USG sponsored exchange programs such as the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program, the International Visitors Leadership Program, the Parliamentary Internship Program, or the Fulbright Canada Youth Institute on Canada in the World.
  • Applicants must currently reside in Canada and the project manager must be a Canadian citizen.
  • The intention is to provide a grant in the following 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)
  • The Canadian alumna/alumnus who proposes the project is 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 for funding salaries, professional development, or overhead expenses for existing institutions.

Interested applicants must send the online application to and review the Terms and Conditions for a complete list of program requirements and eligibility details.

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

Are you ready to start your journey?