Alumni Ventures Fund Application 2022

Alumni Ventures Fund 2022 Applications are now CLOSED!
Thank you for submitting your community projects.

About the Program.​

What is it

The Alumni Ventures Fund is an exclusive opportunity open to all graduates of the Young Leaders Programs (Young Leaders Fellowship and/or Young Leaders Conference). This Fund offers graduates of our Young Leaders Program a unique opportunity to scale up their existing community development work in health, education, or economic security.

The Alumni Ventures Fund is fully supported by The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and Hyman R. and Ruth Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Grant types

What We Offer

Two Midsize Grants of up to $5.000 each

The two recipients of the midsize grants will receive up to $5.000 each, coupled with direct mentorship from an expert in the field of their project’s work. The mentor will guide the mentee to strategically scale their project from a resource mobilization perspective to project management and team building angle.

Ten (10) Small-Size Grants of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and Hyman R. and Ruth Shapiro Foundation, Inc. up to $500 each

The ten recipients of the small-size grants will receive up to $500 each to carry out a three-five month-long project with no mentorship assigned.

Eligibility Requirements

Am I Eligible?

Alumni Ventures Fund Recipients Must:

  • Have participated in a Young Leaders Fellowship or Young Leaders Conference (1999 to 2021). *** Alumni of the virtual Young Leaders Fellowship 2021 are eligible.***
  • Demonstrate commitment to your community.
  • Have a community-based project in mind or have established a project in your community in the area of health, education, or economic security.
  • Access to email or other Internet platform for ongoing and direct communication with the MCW Global team and professional mentor for the duration of the grant.
  • Submit your completed application on or before JULY 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM (EST / NY time).


Stay on Track

  • June 30, 2022 – The application process opens.
  • July 31, 2022 – Application deadline – applications must be received by 11:59 PM (EST / NY time).
  • August 19, 2022 – Winners are contacted and announced.
  • September 2, 2022 – Grants dispersed.

Application Information

Ace Your Application!

  • Application (required): Open and fill out the application below. Please make sure you chose the correct application form, depending on which type of grant you are applying for. 
  • Budget (required): Download the budget template and fill it out. Upon completion, upload the budget as part of the application. The budget template is the same for both types of grants. 
  • Additional documents (optional) – You are welcome to submit supplemental materials, such as photos, videos, organization charters or constitutions, promotional materials, etc. To submit, email them to with your full name as it appears on your application in the subject line, for example, “John Smith, Alumni Ventures Fund 2022 Application.”

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