IAF Assistance for Overseas Programs


The primary objectives of the IAF Assistance for Programs Overseas in Latin America and the Caribbean program is to: (1) Strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding among the peoples in the Western Hemisphere. (2) Support self-help efforts designed to enlarge the opportunities for individual development. (3) Stimulate and assist effective and ever wider participation of the people in the development process. (4) Encourage the establishment and growth of democratic institutions, private and governmental, appropriate to the requirements of the individual sovereign nations of the Western Hemisphere.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Inter-American Foundation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87-195, 22 U.S.C. 2151-2431, Statute 75,424
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See "Uses and Use Restrictions" above.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See "Uses and Use Restrictions" above.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. IAF accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. All applications must include a cover sheet, narrative, and budget explaining the proposal in detail. IAF's complete application procedure, including application, can be found at: http://www.iaf.gov/apply-for-grants/call-for-proposals
Award Procedure
The basic procedural steps for awarding assistance includes an initial review of all grant application -- which generally takes up to 5 months -- yielding a small number of projects to be analyzed further through site visits. After the initial review, all grantees still under consideration receive a site visit, after which the IAF makes a determination on whether to award funding.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
Not applicable.
Additional funds may be awarded, as a renewal, upon successful completion of grant objectives.
How are proposals selected?
The IAF looks for the following criteria for selecting proposals to fund. Specifically they look for applicants that offer or demonstrate: (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 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.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance can be used to fund 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The IAF's Grassroots Development Framework (GDF) for performance monitoring requires grantees to indicate changes in cumulative project results which have occurred at the time of the report, in addition to any other information specific to results that cannot be described using existing GDF categories and indicators. The complete GDF is described on the IAF's website: http://www.iaf.gov/our-work/results/grassroots-development-framework
Federal laws and regulations do not mandate financial audits on foreign nonprofit organizations expending less than $750,000 of federal funding per the organization's fiscal year. The IAF is, however, responsible for ensuring financial accountability of its grant expenditures. It is therefore the policy of the IAF to require compliance audits on all grant agreements with an approved funding amount greater than $50,000. Accordingly, for all grants $50,000 and above, the IAF conducts at least one mandatory Orientation/Assessment Meeting, one Mandatory Compliance Audit and it exercises its discretion to determine whether to conduct additional audits based on the relevant facts and circumstances of each individual Grant.
IAF follows OMB Circular A-110 requirements regarding retention and access to records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. The IAF requires each grantee to contribute in-kind resources and financials. There is no fixed rate of matching required for application or award and each grantee is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One to five years. The assistance is generally released bi-annually based on the demonstrated needs of the grantee.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Chris Wood
1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 1200N
Washington, DC 20004 US
Phone: 202.803.6098
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$17,351,991.00; FY 19 est $20,300,000.00; FY 20 est $20,300,000.00; FY 17$16,886,700.00; FY 16$11,930,945.00; - The obligational actuals for Past FY and estimates for Current and Budget FYs are strictly for grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of financial assistance is up to $400,000 per grant award.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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