2023 Alumni Ventures Fund Applications: Mid-Size Grants​

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, with the aid of a start-up grant of up to $5,000 coupled with a year of professional mentorship.

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

What We Offer

Two Mid-Size Grants of up to $5.000 each

  • The two recipients of the mid-size 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Am I Eligible?

Alumni Ventures Fund Recipients Must:

  • Have participated in a Young Leaders Fellowship or Young Leaders Conference (1999 to 2022). *** Alumni of the virtual Young Leaders Fellowship 2022 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 September 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM (EST / NY time).


Stay on Track

  • August 25, 2023 – The application process opens;
  • September 30, 2023 – Application deadline – applications must be received by 11:59 PM (EST / NY time);
  • October 20, 2023 – Winners are contacted and announced;
  • November 1, 2023 – Grants dispersed.

Application Information

Ace Your Application!

  • Application (required): Open and fill out the application below;
  • Budget (required): Download the budget template and fill it out. Upon completion, upload the budget as part of the application; 
  • 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 apply@mcwglobal.org with your full name as it appears on your application in the subject line, for example, “John Smith, Alumni Ventures Fund 2023 Application.”

Still need help?

If you have any questions or need further clarifications, please feel free to: