Donor: Tinker Foundation
Application procedure: Letter of Inquiry
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 26.07.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 50.000$
Total available budget: 1.500.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 150.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Other
  • Water & Sanitation

Project Locations

  1. America

      Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela


1) Objective

The Tinker Foundation was created by Edward Larocque Tinker in 1959. The mission of the Tinker Foundation is to promote the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and how U.S. policies may impact the region. The Foundation’s Institutional Grant Program offers grants in the programmatic areas of (1) democratic governance – to establish conditions for equitable economic growth by strengthening the institutions for democratic governance, particularly those related to public security, access to justice and financial inclusion; (2) education – to improve access to high-quality secondary or vocational public education; and (3) sustainable resource management – to support sustainable management of habitat and resources and incorporate social and economic dimensions affecting the well-being of local communities.

Successful proposals have a strong public policy component, offer innovative solutions to problems facing these regions, and incorporate new mechanisms for addressing these programmatic areas. Activities may include, but are not restricted to, research projects, workshops, and conferences related to the Foundation’s areas of interest. The Foundation encourages collaboration among organisations in the United States and Latin America and prefers to fund institutions that are actively engaged with a broad array of stakeholders impacted by the identified challenge.

2) Eligibility

Proposals can be submitted by an organisational entity with 501(c)3 charitable status or its equivalent, if the organisation is based outside the United States. Not-for-profit organisations based outside the U.S. are eligible for funding as long as they meet certain guidelines for charitable status.

3) Location

They are supporting projects in any country in Latin America.

4) Budget

Grant amounts vary by program area and project. However, grants typically range between $50,000 to $150,000 per year, for up to three years. They also welcome requests for smaller grants in support of more bounded projects or to complement other resources.

5) Application

Deadlines for applications are in January and July each year. Applications are submitted online. If applicants meet the eligibility list they are encouraged to proceed to the first stage of the application by submitting a letter of inquiry to ascertain the Foundation’s interest prior to submitting a full proposal. The letter should include a brief summary of the project and a paragraph on the organization  and an estimate of the amount that would be requested. Successful applicants are invited to submit a full proposal before a specified deadline. The deadline for 2023 are: Cycle 1 from January 9, 2023 to January 25, 2023 (11:59 pm ET); Cycle 2 from July 10, 2023 to July 26, 2023 (11:59 pm ET).

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