Alumni from all FLEX countries applied to the two grants programs. The FLEX Grants Program offers alumni groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $3,000 to conduct projects that meet the goals of the FLEX Alumni program and individual grants of up to $250 to conduct projects or to take part in professional development opportunities. The GYSD Matching Grants Program offers alumni matching grants of up to $500 to hold community service projects that focus on highlighting the contributions of youth in the community and offering youth community service opportunities on GYSD weekend April 26-28, 2013.
The results of this year’s FLEX and GYSD Grant programs are as follows:
American Councils staff members in Moscow, Russia and Washington, DC evaluated grants from both programs. Results of the FLEX Alumni Grants program: Of the 81 proposals from nine FLEX countries, 41 projects successfully secured funding for the 2013-14 grant year. Project include youth leadership activities, educational events combined with themes like health or the environment, and activities planned to reach out to under-served groups like orphans and disabled youth. Twenty-eight GYSD grants were awarded and the projects took place April 28-30 on GYSD weekend.