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Applying for an IAF Grant

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In furtherance of its mission to promote sustainable grassroots development throughout the hemisphere, the IAF awards cash grants to help community and nonprofit organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean implement their own creative ideas for development and poverty reduction. The IAF invites proposals based on direct participation by beneficiaries in the design and management of project activities. As a pioneer in grassroots development, the IAF seeks to support projects that produce real improvements on a local level and also offer lessons and inspiration to others. It expects to work collaboratively with grantees to extract broader development lessons from each project.

Original grant applications must be sent directly to the Inter-American Foundation, Program Office, 901 North Stuart Street, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA, 22203, USA. The IAF will not accept grant applications submitted by fax. Grant applications can be sent via e-mail to E-mailed grant applications must include the country of submission on the subject line. Deadlines for submission are posted on IAF’s Web site. 

The IAF considers proposals that meet the following criteria:

  • offer innovative solutions to development problems among populations generally beyond the reach of traditional foreign assistance agencies;

  • demonstrate substantial beneficiary participation in project design and project management;

  • generate practical benefits for the poor in ways that increase their capacity for self-help;

  • strengthen poor people’s organizations;

  • are technically feasible;

  • have the potential for eventual self-sustainability;

  • show counterpart contributions from the proponent and, ideally, support from other sources.

    IAF gives preference in awarding grants to organizations that have not recently received direct funding from U.S. government agencies. IAF favors applications that demonstrate a strategy for forming development partnerships with private and public sector institutions.

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