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Active grantees: 16
IAF commitment: US$5,210,198
Counterpart value: US$9,022,477
Total investment: US$14,232,675
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, corporate social investment, cultural expression, networks, education/training, inclusion of indigenous people and women.

Active Grantees

The International Labour Organization's Delnet Program (Delnet) will provide specialized training and networking opportunities through on-line courses in local development, local development with a gender perspective, local development with a health perspective, sustainable tourism and disaster mitigation for an additional 105 scholarship recipients.

Fundación Social de Holcim Colombia (Holcim/CO)  is the social investment arm of a Colombian cement manufacturer and is a member of The Inter-American Network of Corporate Foundations and Actions for Grassroots Development (RedEAmérica), an IAF-initiated business-sector launched in 2002. In collaboration with other Holcim/CO foundations that are incorporated in Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador, will develop a subgrant fund to finance grassroots projects and otherwise increase the corporation's social investment. Holcim/CO's counterpart more than doubles the IAF's funding. The grant should benefit 380 individuals directly and 1,400 indirectly. 

Asociación de Capacitación e Investigación para la Salud Mental (ACISAM) Under this Cooperative Agreement, IAF partner ACISAM will work in four countries to further develop a network of nine grassroots associations focusing on services for people with psychiatric disabilities and for their caregivers. The partner and the associations will collaborate on organizing educational events; facilitating communications; improving their administration, leadership and partnerships; and managing a subgrant fund financing economic initiatives, training and outreach. In this cooperative agreement, ACISAM will work with the IAF on regional events, subgrant review and dissemination of lessons. Some 800 Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Panamanians and Costa Ricans will benefit directly and another 7,000 indirectly. 

Fundación AVINA (AVINA)  will work with Red de Organizaciones del Chaco Americano (Redes Chaco) to further community development in the Gran Chaco Americano, which incorporates parts of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. The collaborative effort undertaken by grassroots groups and donors should benefit 2,000 residents and another 32,000 indirectly.

Asociación Minga Perú
(Minga Perú) will provide training in communications, planning and evaluation for about 63 individuals drawn from current and former IAF grantees in Dominican Republic and Peru and their partner organizations. Participants will receive subgrants to implement their communications strategies and document lessons and results to share with donors and other interested parties. The benefits should flow to between 10,000 and 15,000 individuals connected with the organizations, their communities and their partners. 

Humentum (Humentum) Acting in close cooperation, Humentum and the IAF will plan and implement a series of activities to develop and execute a strategy for building active networks of actors in grassroots development in the Americas. Humentum and the IAF will carry out listening events to gain feedback that they will use to develop strategy and tools, develop a prototype of an online networking platform, and identify early adopters to test networking tools. Based on feedback from grantees and partners throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Humentum and the IAF will design and launch an online platform that will support user engagement, facilitate communication among individuals and groups, better inform partners of emerging themes and best practices in the region, and offer much broader access to training opportunities. Approximately 500 IAF grantees and partners will benefit directly through their participation and another 1,500 in the IAF and Humentum networks will benefit indirectly through access to online training resources, best practices from like-minded organizations facing similar obstacles in community-led development, among others.

JASS Mesoamerica (JASS Meso) will reach 400 women representing 52 Mexican and Central American grassroots organizations of activists with its program to advance the rights of women and to improve participants’ collaboration on related public policy. An additional 500 women in grassroots and nongovernmental organizations across Mexico and Central America should benefit indirectly as well as networks of IAF-funded women’s organizations throughout the hemisphere.


The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) will engage community foundations and social funds from Latin America and the Caribbean, including existent IAF grantees, to develop a network that promotes community philanthropy in the region. About 1,000 men and women will directly participate and benefit from project activities. 

Fundación ProYungas (ProYungas) will strengthen the Colectivo de Mujeres del Chaco Americano (Colectivo), an umbrella organization representing more than 100 women’s grassroots groups in the Gran Chaco Americano. Members of the Colectivo will receive training in administrative skills and management, as well as on topics related to advocacy and gender violence. They will also learn how to build relationships with civil society, private industry and the public sector to promote women’s rights. ProYungas and Colectivo will provide small grants for selected grassroots organizations, empowering these to address community issues and experience project management. Colectivo will work with its members on communication skills and develop procedures aimed at improving their participation in the network’s decision-making. The project will benefit at least 1,500 people and 25,000 more indirectly. 

Cooperativa de Trabajo Ltda. (COOPSOL) will work with beekeepers from Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay to launch a network of organic honey producers in the Gran Chaco Americano. The network will develop its own capacity, and that of its constituent organizations, to market honey in niche organic markets. COOPSOL will also bring beekeepers from throughout Latin America to the 4th World Symposium for Organic Honey, where they’ll discuss ways of working together and share best practices with colleagues from around the world. Approximately 500 people will benefit directly from these activities and 1,000 more will benefit indirectly.

Centro de Estudos e Promoção da Agricultura de Grupo (CEPAGRO) will work in close collaboration with other IAF grantee partners throughout Latin America to develop a collaborative network among farmers to share training opportunities and best practices on agroecology. This project will benefit directly 1,000 people and another 40,000 indirectly. 

Community Foundations Leading Change (CFLeads) will work closely with the IAF, the C.S. Mott Foundation and a growing number of other community foundations, home town associations and other partners to support an evolving transnational collaboration called Building Broader Communities in the Americas. CFLeads will provide substantive, logistical, and organizational support to this effort to support community-led philanthropy in the Americas by building a vibrant transnational community of practice that recognizes the changing nature of communities in a globalizing world. Grant activities will serve 100 direct beneficiaries from participating institutions and 10,000 indirect beneficiaries in the communities served by these institutions.

Asociación Sobrevivencia Cultural (ASC) will strengthen a nascent network of about 10 community-based media organizations from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica and El Salvador. These organizations include community radio stations and associations, as well as outlets using interactive, internet and social media. It will coordinate and provide training sessions and events to promote best practices, such as how to follow local and international laws that regulate the operation of community-based media. These activities will contribute to a regional strategy to overcome current and future challenges for community-based media. Grant activities will benefit approximately 65 people directly and 650 indirectly.

Fundación Fútbol para el Desarrollo (FuDe) will work with a network of about 16 partner organizations to train 180 youth from around 10 countries in Latin America as mediators in fútbol callejero. The training will target at-risk and marginalized youth and teach them employability skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, effective communication, negotiation, respect, discipline and drive for results. The training will occur via a virtual platform, in-person meetings, and exchanges. FuDe will also facilitate exchanges with IAF grantees and organizations in Nicaragua to instruct on how to use sports-based training programs using fútbol callejero to strengthen leadership among disadvantaged youth. The grant will benefit 4,800 people directly and around 16,800 people indirectly.

Fundo Socio-Ambiental Casa in Brazil (CASA) has a successful record of providing financial resources to nascent and remote grassroots organizations through a national socio-environmental fund in Brazil. The IAF wants to evaluate the potential of replicating CASA’s socio-environmental fund model in six countries of South America. CASA and six civil society organizations in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru are evaluating the potentials of launching national socio-environmental funds based on the CASA model. CASA is sharing its own experience with these other organizations and supporting them in the development of their national socio-environmental funds. Sixty persons are participating in the grant activities and up to 6,000 are benefiting indirectly. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to the social and economic challenges of Latin America and the Caribbean. Community-level investments like this one have a long-term, transformative effect to strengthen grassroots organizations through education and training that builds peer-to-peer learning and action networks.

Asociación Minga Perú (Minga Perú) provides training in strategic communications for grassroots organizations and their NGO partners in Latin America and the Caribbean through the Institutional Strengthening in Strategic Communications (FICE) program.