US Teachers Alumni Small Grant Program

About the US Teachers Alumni Small Grant Program

The U.S. Teachers School Community Grants Program provides up to $2,500 to U.S. secondary educators who are alumni of the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program or the U.S. Teacher Exchange component of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) and the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). Grants are issued to support projects, materials, and activities that will infuse global education into alumni’s classrooms and/or schools.







Disbursement of Funds

Grant funds will be awarded in two separate payments, an 80% payment at the beginning of the grant period, and a 20% payment after submission and approval of the Final Report. Grantees will receive their grant funds in the form of a check from IREX.

Unallowable Costs

Grant funds may not be used for the following:



Project Sustainability

The committee reviewing your application will be looking for projects that are sustainable. These are projects in which the impact of the project activities will continue to be reinforced after the microgrant funding has been spent. Please review the following tips:

Monitoring and Evaluation

Having a plan to monitor and evaluate the success of the project provides ECA and IREX with valuable information but also helps you to communicate the impact of your work to your community. Getting feedback from members of your community also will help you to build on your initiatives and improve and/or broaden your activities. We ask you to consider how you will assess the impact of your project as you design your project idea and activities. In the M&E plan, consider the following questions:


Information about program applicants and current and past Fellows consists of data contained in their applications, information derived from interviews and reports, and information gathered during the course of their program and as program alumni. IREX stores this information in written and electronic form indefinitely. Some data, such as contact information and professional experience is continually updated.

Information, which is described above, may be:

  1. Used by selection committees and interviewers to review applicants;
  2. Supplied to the program’s funding organization;
  3. Submitted to potential academic host institutions or organizations and/or organizations that provide internship opportunities;
  4. Used for the evaluation of an individual’s participation in the program and in the collection of data for general program evaluation by IREX, funding agencies, or other organizations contracted to conduct evaluations;
  5. Used for notifying program Fellows/alumni of upcoming events and programs;
  6. Provided to Fellows/alumni of this and other U.S. Government–sponsored programs for the purpose of fostering alumni networking;
  7. Provided to non-commercial, nongovernmental organizations for the purposes of promoting professional development among program Fellows/alumni;
  8. Used by IREX for general promotional purposes in written or electronic form, including program directories, newsletters, web sites and other promotional materials;
  9. I grant to IREX and its employees, and the U.S. Department of State the right to take and/or use photographs and/or video of me in connection with the U.S. Teacher Alumni Microgrant program. I authorize IREX to copyright, use and publish these photographs in print and/or electronically. I understand that IREX may use such photographs of me with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, program materials and reports, and Web content; and/or
  10. Provided to authorities as required by law.

If you do not want to be included in points 5-9, please notify IREX at as soon as possible.

IREX does not sell applicant or current/past participant information.

The principles stated herein are binding only to IREX; other organizations involved in the administration of these programs may adhere to other privacy or similar policies.


All ECA alumni are encouraged to register and use the State Alumni Web site, at State Alumni is a Web-based interactive directory for alumni of Department of State exchange programs. It extends the exchange experience for alumni after they return home TO the U.S. This site also allows alumni to stay in contact with one another-and with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs-through networking and the sharing of useful information about professional opportunities. State Alumni may help TGC Alumni Microgrant applicants when formulating a project idea or disseminating information about your project to other alumni. ECA alumni are strongly encouraged to register.