Danida Alumni Activity Grants - Call for Proposals

Danida Alumni Activity Grants
Presentation at a Danida alumni organised workshop in Ghana. Photo: Ato Crentsil

Danida Fellowship Centre is pleased to announce the fourth round for Danida Alumni to apply for financial support to organize local activities in 2019.

The deadline of the Call is 19 August 2019 at 12:00 PM (CEST) and applications are only accepted if submitted using the online application form.  

Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications at the latest four weeks after the deadline.

Why activity grants?

As a member of the Danida Alumni Network you are part of a unique global network of skilful professionals trained in Denmark, or by Danish institutions of higher education, with a common goal to contribute to global development.

DFC would like to support you in staying in touch and collaborating with fellow alumni network members as part of your continued efforts to make a positive impact in your community and/or professional field of expertise. We also want to stay connected with you and help strengthen your relations with Denmark so that you can continue acting as an ambassador for Denmark. Organizing events with and for Danida alumni in your region is a great way of growing your professional network, including gaining connections to relevant Danish stakeholders.

Who can apply and for what?

DFC offers activity grants to Danida alumni who are accepted as members of the Danida Alumni Network as well as the local Danida Alumni Network in your country (if such exist).

You can apply for a grant with financial support of up to 9,000 Danish Kroner for an alumni activity or event within the following categories:

  1. Activities or events that strengthen the local alumni community
  2. Activities that promote networking and collaboration between your country and Denmark
  3. Activities that promote sustainable development by addressing one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals

The activities could be seminars, lectures, study visits, exhibitions, fairs, networking, charity, and social events. It should be observed that a contribution to strengthening the local alumni community must be part of all activities/events, i.e. while category 1 activities can stand alone, category 2 and 3 activities must also include category 1. Activities with smaller budgets than 9,000 Danish Kroner are also encouraged. Applications for funding a trip to a conference or similar will not be considered.

In this Activity Guide & Toolbox you will find tools, suggestions and ideas to use as inspiration for arranging activities and mobilising members in your country or area.

The conditions for receiving a Danida Alumni Activity Grant

Prior to finalising and submitting your application:

  • Coordinate with your local alumni network: If you have an idea for an activity or event find out if there is a local Danida alumni network in your region/country. If such a network has already been established, start by contacting the board of this network in order to coordinate your activity with the wider alumni programme in your country.
  • Co-create with fellow alumni: Find one or two other Danida alumni and develop the proposal together. We prioritize activities with at least two organizing alumni members.
  • Incorporate the wider alumni network: Make a clear and realistic plan for engaging as many Danida alumni as possible from the local area in your activity/event. The grant selection committee will prioritise those activities that clearly demonstrate how they will involve Danida alumni beyond the organising committee and therefore also contribute to strengthening the local alumni network.

If awarded a grant:

  • Inform the Danish Embassy: If awarded a grant, you should inform the Danish Embassy or Consulate (if any) in your country in good time, possibly inviting a representative to attend the event.
  • Invite all alumni in your country: Activities/events may or may not be open for the general public and include external partners, but it is a precondition that all alumni in your country/region should be encouraged to participate and therefore also be informed and invited. In case of limited space for alumni participants; the principle of “first come, first served” should be applied.
  • Publicise and communicate: It is the responsibility of the organizing team to ensure that the activity is widely publicized well ahead of the event to attract participants. Furthermore, an invitation is to be posted in the Danida Alumni Facebook and LinkedIn groups well in advance of the event. After the event photos and videos etc. are to be shared on the same platforms. Note that in connection with all public communications concerning the event, it must be stated that the grant has been provided by Danida Fellowship Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. You find the official logo/banners here.
  • Respect the grant timeline: Your activity should not be scheduled to start earlier than eight weeks after the application deadline to allow time for the grant applications to be processed and grants to be confirmed. The activity must be implemented within six months from the award of a possible grant. DFC must be informed if a delay is anticipated.
  • Complete grant reporting: See below for full details concerning DFC’s expectations for grant management and reporting.

Selection criteria and process

A committee at DFC will select the successful grant applications based on the following criteria: 

  • How well the activity responds to and complies with the requirements of this call
  • How the activity/event will contribute to strengthening the local alumni community
  • Value for money including reaching out to a broad number of participants
  • Co-funding from other financial contributors (including Danida alumni)

As part of the selection process, DFC reserves the right to consider a diverse selection of activities, and wide-ranging subject matters aimed at varied target groups in as many different countries/regions as possible.

Eligible costs & budget requirements

The amount applied for in DKK must be indicated in the application form and the costs must be broken down and quoted in the relevant budget lines. The grant may only be used to cover  eligible costs included in the budget submitted with the application.

The budget may include:

  • Hire of venue(s)  
  • Food, snacks and drinks
  • Supplies for the event
  • Small payment of external key-note speaker, lecturer, expert or similar ( (not alumni members)
  • Communications costs
  • Small fee for alumni management

Note that only 1/3 of the budget can be used for logistics and management expenses.
Transport and accommodation costs are not eligible under this call for alumni, except for smaller collective day-return travel to facilitate study trips or excursions for alumni

Co-funding from other sources for the activity is strongly encouraged. If a grant is awarded, the main applicant must submit a disbursement request to DFC. The form will be provided by DFC.

Grant management, accounting and reporting

The applicant will be responsible for managing the grant, including ensuring that:

  • The approved activity is carried out
  • The outputs are achieved
  • The grant is used exclusively for the approved activity and expenses
  • The present guidelines are followed
  • The deadlines for reporting and submitting accounts are met

All expenditures must be effectuated within the approved period of the activity, as outlined in the application.

Important: DFC must be informed as soon as possible, should any unforeseen changes impact your activity and/or expenses, as these must be approved by DFC ahead of time.

Within one month of completing the activity, the following has to be submitted electronically to DFC:

  • Completion report (explaining how the activity has led to the anticipated outputs)
  • Financial accounts, including scanned copies of vouchers/receipts (specifying the use of funds - unspent funds will have to be returned) 
  • Final programme
  • List of participants
  • High quality photos and (if relevant) videos from the event (for DFC communications purposes).  

Should the reporting and accounts not be submitted on time to DFC, it will be considered a violation of the grant conditions and the applicant may be requested to return the funds provided under the grant.

Please complete and submit the online application form by 19 August 2019 at 12:00 PM (CEST). You will need to create a user profile the first time you log on to the application system. If you have any questions, please contact the DAN team on alumni@dfcentre.dk

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