Every project funded by the Foundation must meet the following essential eligibility criteria:

  • It will take place in a country where the Foundation works in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean or Latin America;
  • It is not initiated by an individual, but by a not-for-profit organization that is legally registered and recognized by the Foundation, such as a:
    • Non-governmental organization (NGOs);
    • Religious congregation;
  • It is an independent initiative;
  • If you are not accredited organization of the Foundation, you must have an agent organization for the project.

There are also secondary eligibility criteria:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders in the implementation of the project are clear, and complement each other;
  • The project meets the needs expressed by the community in which it is to be implemented, and involves the local population in taking charge of the project;
  • It clearly sets out its objectives, intended results and accountability mechanisms (narrative and financial reports);
  • The project’s budget is detailed and coherent with its goals and its scope;
  • The timetable is realistic and does not exceed 12 months;
  • The grant sought from the Foundation does not exceed $35,000 CAD – local contributions (material, financial or human resources) are strongly encouraged, as are contributions from other financial partners, which must be documented in detail;
  • Administrative costs must not exceed 10% of the total cost of the project, and must be included in the amount requested from the Foundation; 
  • The project present guarantees of sustainability, including the measures that will ensure its continuity (ex. maintenance and training);
  • Environmental sustainability and gender equality considerations have been taken into account in the plan for the project’s implementation.

The Foundation does not fund:

  • Projects to be implemented in countries experiencing war and/or in refugee camps;
  • Recurring costs that the local partner is not able to assume over the medium or long term (ex. employees’ salaries, accommodation, transport of personnel, etc.);
  • The construction, acquisition or major expansion of buildings;
  • The purchase of vehicles;
  • Seminars or scholarships; 
  • Expenses incurred prior to the project’s approval;
  • Activities of a political nature;
  • Personal and travel expenses (ex. airfare);
  • Student and/or international cooperation internships;
  • Emergency humanitarian aid.

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