Small grants opportunity for MEPI Alumni: MEPI Leaders Grants

Small grants opportunity for MEPI Alumni: MEPI Leaders Grants

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MEPI Leaders Grants are small grants of $500 to $1000 that support MEPI Alumni addressing the needs of the communities during times of crisis.

During the uncertain times of crisis, community resilience is being challenged at every corner of the globe. With overwhelmed institutions, local activists are taking the stage to address the needs of their communities. MEPI Alumni are among these leaders across the Middle East and North Africa. Small grants for alumni will aid in their ability to take quick action on the ground. These fixed amount awards of $500-1000 will support alumni in short-term efforts of 1-2 months in length. These grants will not only allow IREX and MEPI to help scale our alumni efforts, but to also better track and report on their community engagement during and after this dynamic time. Alumni will be required to provide short reports on their activity and its impact. 

MEPI Leaders Grants is part of the MEPI Alumni Connection, a program of the US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by IREX. 

The amount of funding available for grants is a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000 to support alumni in short-term efforts of 1-2 months in length. 

MEPI Leaders Grants examples

  • Software to improve online learning developed by alumni. 

  • Materials to support underserved community members in a local project responding to the crisis.  

  • Resources to retrain-community members with skills learned through a MEPI Alumni Connection training such as L2D or Digital Storytelling; or 

  • Streamlined activities either meant to help their communities cope and recover in the post-crisis, for instance: Series of webinars on mental health, resilience during crisis, communication strategies, jobs creation, etc. 

Application Instructions 

  • The application is available online in English and Arabic. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.  

Application Materials 


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