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.

Agency - Inter-american Foundation
Website Address


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Agencia De Desarrollo Estrategico Local De Santa Rosa De Copan $ 300,300   2022-05-132025-05-13
Centro De Desenvolvimento Agroecologico Sabia $ 297,335   2022-05-062025-05-06
Giral Desenvolvimento Humano E Local $ 250,000   2022-03-182025-03-18
Proyecto Impacto Consultores, A.c. $ 333,860   2022-03-042025-03-04
Finca Triunfo Verde, S.c. $ 206,205   2022-02-112025-02-11
Asociacion Regional Campesina Chorti $ 398,397   2021-08-062025-02-06
Fondo Semillas, A.c. $ 310,400   2022-01-282025-01-28
Empresa Comunitaria De Mijeres Rurales De Guapi Rios Unidos $ 385,895   2022-01-212025-01-21
Corporacion Taller Prodesal Promocion Popular Y De Alternativas Al Desarrollo $ 310,000   2021-12-172024-12-17
FundaciÓn Santa Teresa $ 337,600   2021-12-032024-12-03

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: See agency Annual Performance Report (APR) here: http://www.iaf.gov/home/showdocument?id=735. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Specific restrictions include the following: (1) The assistance targets grassroots projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. (2) The grants must not be presented or directed by government entities or by entities outside the country in which the project is located.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See 'Uses and Use Restrictions' above.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See 'Uses and Use Restrictions' above.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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.


Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87-195, 75 Stat. 424, 22 U.S.C 2151-2431.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days.


Not Applicable.


Additional funds may be awarded, as a renewal, upon successful completion of grant objectives.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: 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 program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One to five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The assistance is generally released bi-annually based on the demonstrated needs of the grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to report out the following every six months: (1) Activities carried out during the reporting period compared to activities scheduled in accordance with the agreement. (2) Any problems in meeting the project objectives described in the grant agreement and how project activities, planned or actual, were modified as a result of these problems. (3) Any other relevant information related to the administration and implementation of the project (e.g.

changes in the external work environment, changes internal to the organization).

No cash reports are required.

See program reports above.

Grantees are required to report out on a semi-annual basis the amount expended and matching funds raised or applied during the time period reported.

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.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $11,930,945; FY 17 est $16,657,463; and FY 18 est $12,149,235 - 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Chris Wood 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 1200N, Washington, District of Columbia 20004 Email: cwood@iaf.gov Phone: 202.803.6098

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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