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Grants to USA and International nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit residents in Latin American countries. Applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for projects that enhance the quality of life in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The Foundation’s Institutional Grants program seeks to support changes to policy and practice that improve the lives of Latin Americans. The Foundation’s funding encompasses three program areas in which research, innovation, scaling of proven models, and exchange of ideas have the potential to make significant, positive impact.

Program areas include:

  • Democratic Governance: Initial areas of interest include:
    • Promoting transparency and accountability in the justice sector, both from within justice institutions and without (civil society monitoring, etc.)
    • The selection, training, and assessment of justice sector actors, as well as developing next-generation talent
    • Increasing access to justice, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized groups
  • Education: The Foundation’s current education program priority is to provide grants to civil society organizations in Latin America that are focused on the most significant near- and medium-term effects of the pandemic on education and to enhance teaching and learning in the pandemic recovery period. The Foundation has prioritized projects that seek active engagement and participation of the most vulnerable students and communities, and to the extent possible, complement priorities and initiatives of the public education system.
  • Sustainable Resource Management: The Tinker Foundation’s work on the environment is focused on efforts that support the sustainable management of habitat and resources and incorporate social and economic dimensions affecting the well-being of local communities. Funding is available for projects that address one of the following key themes:
    • Promoting Sustainable Management Practices: Projects should address the crucial links between effective resource management and communities that use them and seek to ensure that economic returns resulting from improved management policies benefit local populations. 
    • Water: The Foundation has a particular interest in projects that promote equitable access to a clean and secure water supply. Ideally, proposals should offer innovative ideas and policies that improve locally determined mechanisms for watershed management; develop water policies and management methodologies based on local hydrological assessments; or identify, implement, and replicate workable models of freshwater management and protection.

For more information about the program areas, see the URL for Full Text link below. 

Funded activities may include, but are not restricted to, community engagement and capacity-building, applied research, measurement and evaluation activities, and workshops and conferences related to the Foundation’s areas of interest. The Foundation welcomes collaboration among organizations in Latin America and prefer to fund institutions that are actively engaged with a broad array of stakeholders impacted by the identified challenge.

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GrantWatch ID#: 173581

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts vary by program area and project. However, grants typically range between $50,000 to $150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Support may be provided for a maximum of three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Tinker Foundation provides grants only to organizations that are charitable in nature, i.e., with a United States 501(c)(3) tax status or its equivalent if the organization is located outside the U.S. Organizations from Latin America do not need to have United States 501(c)(3) status.

Funds may not be used for:
- Individuals, including individual research
- Direct or grassroots lobbying
- Annual or other fund-raising appeals
- School tuition or scholarships, or child sponsorships
- Support for building construction or major equipment purchases
- Production costs for film, television, and radio projects
- Art museum collections, films, and exhibits
- Endowments

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle 1- Democratic Governance and Sustainable Resource Management:
- Letter of Inquiry Open Date: January 10, 2022
- Letter of Inquiry Close Date: January 26, 2022 (11:59 pm ET)
- Full Proposal Submission Date (by invitation only): March 23, 2022 (11:59 pm ET)
- Final Decisions: June 2022

Cycle 2- All Programs
- Letter of Inquiry Open Date: July 11, 2022
- Letter of Inquiry Close Date: July 27, 2022 (11:59 pm ET)
- Full Proposal Submission Date (by invitation only): September 21, 2022 (11:59 pm ET)
- Final Decisions: December 2022

Application Details
- Step 1: Complete eligibility quiz
- Step 2: Submit Letter of Inquiry
- Step 3: A limited number of organizations to submit a full proposal.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Angelina Pienczykowski

55 East 59th Street, Suite 21C
New York, New York 10022
(212) 421-6858

Grant Coverage Areas:

The project must be focused on the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America, including: Argentina, Bolivia,Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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