International Foundation Grant

The International Foundation


Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Africa; Caribbean; Central America; South America; Afghanistan Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The International Foundation fund US-based non-profit organizations who partner with poor communities in the developing world to improve their health, education and incomes, while strengthening local capacity to sustain their benefits. Our strategy seeks change in the intermediate area between individuals and national organizations, where community members work together toward a shared vision. 

The International Foundation funds grants in three key areas—health, education and incomes. However, each of these areas represents a range of investment opportunities that, if integrated with other program areas, can lead to broader, more balanced and more sustainable results.

The focus of our grant-making combines criteria on the nature of the program, the geographic location, and the level of poverty.

Program Focus

Simply stated, the International Foundation funds grants in three key areas—health, education and incomes. However, each of these areas represents a range of investment opportunities that, if integrated with other program areas, can lead to broader, more balanced and more sustainable results. In any given program area, we fund approaches that focus on building local leadership, delivering measurable results, and ensuring the sustainability of program benefits over time.

HealthHealth, nutrition, sanitation, and water for sanitation and health (WASH)

EducationLiteracy (including adult education), basic education (pre-K through secondary) and information technology for livelihoods — all in formal and non-formal settings

IncomesAgriculture, food security, environment and entrepreneurship

Geographic Focus

We fund programs in poor communities in developing countries, primarily in what is known as the Global South. This includes Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia (including West, Central and East Asia, as well as Oceania.) However, we will not support grant activity in these regions where natural disaster, active conflict or chronic instability are present.

Income Focus

We will generally limit our grants to projects in countries considered Low Income, Lower Middle-Income, and Middle Income by the World Bank. Thus, our projects will be funded in countries with a gross national income (GNI) per capita of less than $12,745—a pool of approximately 135 countries. Lists of these categories and countries can be found at data.worldbank.org/.

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Eligibility:

  • In any given program area, we fund approaches that focus on building local leadership, delivering measurable results, and ensuring the sustainability of program benefits over time. 
    • HealthHealth, nutrition, sanitation, and water for sanitation and health (WASH)
    • EducationLiteracy (including adult education), basic education (pre-K through secondary) and information technology for livelihoods — all in formal and non-formal settings
    • IncomesAgriculture, food security, environment and entrepreneurship
  • We fund programs in poor communities in developing countries, primarily in what is known as the Global South. This includes Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia (including West, Central and East Asia, as well as Oceania.) 
  • Grants are made only to U.S. non-profit organizations certified as tax exempt under sections 501(c)3 or 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and located in the United States.
  • Fiscal Sponsorship:
    • U.S. 501(c)3s who act as fiscal sponsors to U.S. entities not certified by the IRS must adhere to the most conservative, “model A” form of sponsorship.
    • The grant will be made to the sponsoring U.S. 501(c)3, which will be held responsible for the proposal, financial accountability, program results, and evaluation reporting.
    • To promote a policy of graduation from fiscal sponsorship, sequential grants to a 501(c)3 for a given sponsored entity will not be made.
  • We will generally limit our grants to projects in countries considered Low Income, Lower Middle-Income, and Middle Income by the World Bank.
    • Thus, our projects will be funded in countries with a gross national income (GNI) per capita of less than $12,745—a pool of approximately 135 countries. Lists of these categories and countries can be found here.
  • Our 501(c)3 grantees must hold a development vision as a framework for any charitable ends.
  • They must demonstrate a deep understanding of the local context and what will or won’t work within it. 
  • Our grantees must view their engagement strategically as a multiyear process.
  • Our grantees must define their grant objectives in terms of projected outcomes that are quantified and measurable, and grant evaluations must report on such measures. 
  • Our grantees also must see the participants in their grants as lead partners who themselves take responsibility for change. The role of women and girls in creating change is a priority.

Ineligibility:

  • We will not support grant activity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia (including West, Central and East Asia, as well as Oceania) where natural disaster, active conflict or chronic instability are present.
  • What We Do Not Fund
    • In addition to the guidelines mentioned above, the International Foundation does not support:
      • Overseas adoption or child sponsorship
      • Activities that proselytize for a religious faith or restrict participation to one religion
      • Capital improvements, including large construction projects or purchase of capital equipment
      • Emergency aid, disaster aid, or aid in chronically unstable or active conflict zones
      • Grants to individuals
      • Conferences not sponsored by the grant recipient
      • Loans, other than those comprising low-income finance projects
  • Not Eligible:
    • U.S. branches of certified tax-exempt entities headquartered outside of the United States will not be considered.
    • Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but have not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply.


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