2008 Call for grant applications from indigenous peoples’ organizations and their communities
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility is calling for applications from indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities, as well as organizations that work with them, for grants to fund projects, innovative approaches and partnerships that promote the development of indigenous peoples and help them fulfil their aspirations.
Grants range from US$10,000 to US$30,000. Applicants must meet specific requirements and their proposals should respond to the needs of indigenous peoples in any of IFAD’s Member States.
The closing date for applications is 30 June 2008. IFAD will not accept applications after that date. E-mail and mail applications to IFAD.
A panel made up primarily of indigenous members will work closely with IFAD staff to review proposals and make final recommendations on grant awards. The panel will review grant proposals on the basis of project relevance, feasibility and institutional capacity and make final recommendations on awards.
Activities likely to be considered for funding will build on indigenous culture, identity, knowledge, natural resources, intellectual property and human rights. Projects should improve indigenous peoples’ access to decision-making processes, empower indigenous peoples to find solutions to the challenges they face and promote collaboration in the public and private sectors.
To apply for a grant, read the call for proposal, the guideline for completing the application form and complete the application form (available in English, French and Spanish).
Contact : Antonella Cordone, Coordinator for Indigenous and Tribal Issues, Policy Division, IFAD, Via Paolo Di Dono, 44, 00142 Rome, Italy, e-mail
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