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Inter-American Foundation (IAF) — Grants for NGOs in Latin America and Caribbean

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 9, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 30, 2020
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The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) invites proposals for its grant program.

The IAF funds the self-help efforts of grassroots groups in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve living conditions of the disadvantaged and the excluded, to enhance capacity for decision-making and self-governance, and to develop partnerships with the public sector, business and civil society.

The IAF does not identify problems or suggest projects. Instead it responds to initiatives presented. Projects are selected for funding on their merits rather than by sector.

The IAF looks for the following in a project it funds:
1. innovative solutions to development problems;
2. creative use of the community’s resources;
3. diverse array of community voices in project development and execution;
4. substantial beneficiary engagement in:
a) the identification of the problem addressed
b) the approach chosen to solve it
c) the design of the project
d) management and evaluation of activities
5. partnerships with local government, the business community and other civil society organizations;
6. potential for strengthening all participating organizations and their partnerships;
7. feasibility;
8. evidence of eventual sustainability;
9. counterpart contributions from the proponent, the beneficiaries and other sources;
10. the potential to generate learning;
11. measurable results;
12. evidence of beneficiaries’ enhanced capacity for self-governance.

The initial review will take five months and will yield a small number of projects to be analyzed further through site visits.
Proponents no longer under consideration will be notified.
Depending on the complexity of the project and the number of site visits required, reviews of successful proposals may take up to 12 months.

Utilize This Offer

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) makes grants to non-governmental and community-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to raise living conditions of disadvantaged populations, and to advance other social goals.

The Foundation’s grant-making interests include grassroots projects in agriculture; clean water and sanitation; community conservation; and local management of natural resources (forests, fisheries, etc.).

Applicants may request grants in the range of US$25 thousand to US$400 thousand.

Applications can be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, or Haitian Creole.

There is no deadline to submit a proposal. Proposals may be submitted throughout the year and will be reviewed as they are received. All submissions must conform to the informed guidelines. Failure to submit all required material results in disqualification.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 09, 2020
May 09, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too! They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
May 11, 2020
May 11, 2020

Thanks, Ana.