November 27, 2012
New Request for Proposals Released by #Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation @bosfdn

 

For its fourth of five years, The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation has released an RFP for proposals due January 31.  Proposals will be accepted from Haiti Fund grantees from 2011-2012, as well as new proposals from the following regions due to a funding partnersihp with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation:

 

Les Cayes, Arcahaie, Maniche, Ile-A-Vache, Cavaillon, Aquin, St Louis de Sud, La Chapelle, Saut-D’eau, Boucan Carrè, and Mirebalais.

 

In addition, please note that, to be eligible in these cities, international organizations must have an annual operating budget that does not exceed $1 million. Haitian organizations are not limited by this budget requirement.

 

For more information please contact:  Vanessa Wu, Haiti Fund Coordinator, at (617) 338-2676 or vanessa.wu@tbf.org.

Request for Proposals – Spring 2013

Proposals Due Thursday, January 31, 2013

Overview of Priorities

The Haiti Fund is a five-year fund created in the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake to provide relief and reconstruction support to communities in Haiti and to Haitian-Americans in the greater Boston area. Our fifth round of grants will focus on long-term reconstruction and grassroots organizational capacity building in Haiti. Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded in late spring 2013.

 

With the majority of reconstruction funding flowing into Port-au-Prince, the Haiti Fund hopes to focus its funds on supporting communities outside of the capital. Without viable rural communities, small cities, and towns, migration to Port-au-Prince will likely remain unsustainably high and access to decentralized government, services, and economic activities will remain elusive.

 

Emphasizing the importance of decentralization and the empowerment of grassroots Haitian organizations, we will favor proposals that demonstrate some or all of the following practices and principles:


1)      Incorporate a human rights based framework


2)      Foster Haitian leadership development

3)      Serve the most poor and vulnerable persons

4)      Promote a sustainable model


5)      Work in alliance to accomplish their goals


6)      Seek to influence policy

7)      Build infrastructure


8)      Can measure the impact of programs and are accountable for their outcomes

9)      Demonstrate transparency in financial management

Grant Requirements

 

Conscious of its finite nature and seeking to create lasting and sustainable impact in Haiti, the Haiti Fund has decided to narrow its focus in the last two grantmaking cycles. These changes will in allow us to create deeper relationships with our grantees and to help build the organizational capacity of grassroots organizations. To that end, we will only accept project proposals from:

 

  1. 2011 and 2012 Haiti Fund grantees. Organizations that received relief grants from the Haiti Fund in January or June 2010 will not qualify for this round of funding.

  2. Organizations whose project activities take place in the following cities (regardless of prior relationship with the Haiti Fund): Les Cayes, Arcahaie, Maniche, Ile-A-Vache, Cavaillon, Aquin, St Louis de Sud, La Chapelle, Saut-D’eau, Boucan Carrè, and Mirebalais. In addition, please note that, to be eligible in these cities, international organizations must have an annual operating budget that does not exceed $1 million.  Haitian organizations are not limited by this budget requirement.

The Haiti Fund will focus this round of grants on supporting the following sectors:


1)      Rural Development and Education

  1. Rural livelihoods and development, rural and provincial enterprises, and food sovereignty – Viable rural communities and provincial cities and towns are essential for building an improved, decentralized Haiti. We seek to support rural and provincial enterprises as an engine for decentralized development. The Haiti Fund also seeks to strengthen rural organizations and cooperatives to improve families’ capacities to feed themselves and their neighbors as well as to influence agricultural and trade policy.
  2. Education – A stronger Haiti will emerge through the leadership of better-educated youth. Because educational reform is such a massive task, we seek to fund educational efforts that offer a systemic approach for a group ofschools or a region rather than focus on a school-by-school strategy. We would welcome pilot school projects that link to a systemic reform strategy, schools that integrate vocational training and livelihood generation, or training programs that would have a far-reaching impact on the quality of education for a large body of students.

2)     Advocacy

  1. Promoting respect for human rights – We seek to grant to Haitian-led organizations helping communitiesbuild capacity to guarantee basic human rights to political participation; civil liberties; food, water and life-giving resources; housing; freedom fromviolence, etc.
  2. Promoting transparent and effective aid – The Haiti Fund is a small funder relative to those entitiesthat generate a massive flow of public and private aid. Because we believe that Haitians should be included in decisions about how that aid is allocated, we seek to support Haitian-led advocacy efforts to hold the donor community accountable to equity, sustainability, and efficiency standards.

Please note that, due to the limited nature of our funds, grants will not be made to projects: 1) that take place in Port-au-Prince or its surroundings 2) in healthcare; or 3) in permanent housing.

 

The Haiti Fund will be awarding grants annually moving forward. This will be the only grants cycle for 2013. The Fund does not make grants to individuals, political organizations, or to support organized  religion. Only one grant application per organization will be accepted. Proposals for multi-year funding will not be considered at this time.

 

For more information about application procedures please contact vanessa.wu@tbf.org.