Community Development Grant

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1) Objective

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, enhance their capacity for decision-making and self-governance, and 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) diverse array of community voices in project development and execution; (3) substantial beneficiary engagement in: the identification of the problem addressed, the approach chosen to solve it, the design of the project, and management and evaluation of activities; (4) partnerships with local government, the business community and other civil society organizations; and (5) evidence of beneficiaries’ enhanced capacity for self-governance.

2) Eligibility

Non-profit organisations (civil society groups) are eligible to apply. They only support projects submitted by community-led groups that are based in independent countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

3) Location

The IAF only supports projects in independent countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (excl. Cuba, Venezuela).

4) Budget

IAF grants vary from $25,000 to $400,000 over one to four years. Counterpart funding must be a component of the budget for the proposed project, but no minimum amount is required. Higher counterpart funding makes a proposal more attractive. Counterpart may be in cash donations or in kind, including, but not limited to, land, supplies, infrastructure, labor, and office, storage and meeting space.

5) Application

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applications can be sent via e-mail to proposals(a)iaf.gov. E-mailed applications must include the country of submission on the subject line. The initial review takes five months and yields a small number of projects to be analyzed further through site visits. Depending on the complexity of the project and the number of site visits required, reviews of successful proposals may take up to 12 months.

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