The CSC’s Alumni Community Engagement Fund (ACEF) is an annual fund which seeks to support Commonwealth Alumni in raising awareness of key development issues at the community level through the organisation of an engagement activity.

This year, the CSC will be offering two ACEF opportunities which will address two different themes: climate action and girls’ education. Applications for the climate action theme are now open and you can find out more about this below. Further information about the girls’ education ACEF opportunities will be shared in early October, in the next issue of The Common Room.

Climate action

The theme for the current ACEF is climate action. The fund is open to a range of related topics exploring the impacts of climate change and actions, and changes that can be made at an individual and community level in response to climate-related challenges.

Why take part?

This is an exciting opportunity for you to develop and deliver a community-focused activity designed to raise awareness of a range of climate change related challenges. Activities may include skills development opportunities; lectures, seminars, workshops; public service projects; and events which invite discussion and problem-solving.

How to apply

Alumni may apply as individuals, as a CSC Alumni Association, or as a group of Commonwealth Alumni (not part of an existing association).

To apply, you must read the Alumni Community Engagement Fund 2021-2022 Terms and Conditions and complete the online application form. You can view a PDF copy of the application questions before completing the online form.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST) on Friday 3 September 2021. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. Please note that the CSC is not able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email the CSC Alumni Team at