Updated Nov 18, 2019CLOSED

Ayiti Community Trust: Request for Letters of Interest

Offered by Ayiti Community Trust

The Ayiti Community Trust  (ACT) is the country’s first endowed fund, building on Haiti’s assets and driven by Haitians’ local needs while providing resources for sustainable solutions. ACT is registered in Haiti and operates as a grant-making community foundation. In 2020, ACT will distribute a total of $50,000 in grant funding to one or more organizations that are in alignment with our focus. We seek to support those that are re-writing the Haitian narrative from one of deficits to one of assets within three interconnected pillars: environment, entrepreneurship, and civic education.  We are particularly interested in entrepreneurial approaches to preserving Haiti’s environment while contributing to civic discourse that promotes peace and collaboration.

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CLOSEDDec 11, 2019Deadline
$5,000 - $40,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Implemented In:
Focus AreasEnvironment
Entrepreneurship (Economic Growth and Trade)
Citizen Participation (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Organizations that can:
- Show proof of registration in Haiti
-Work in at least one of the three content areas

ACT’s Three Pillars:
Environment: We believe that integrated management of Haiti’s precious natural resources promotes climate resiliency, creates livelihood opportunities, and expands economic prospects for future generations. We seek to support innovative projects that aim to reverse or proactively prevent environmental degradations while engaging Haitian communities to change behavioral patterns that contribute to climate change.

Entrepreneurship: Haitians are entrepreneurial, but socio-economic challenges have stunted the growth of this sector for many segments of Haitian society. We seek to invest in innovative, cost-effective and sustainable strategies to increase entrepreneurship to revitalize local communities.

Civic Education: A people who are self-aware, competent, and purposeful are best able to sustain a nation. We seek to support community-building projects aimed at emerging leadership development, public stewardship, and re-engaging Haitian citizens to actively collaborate to promote the greater good of Haitian society.

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries
Preference will be given to organizations that:
• articulate root causes and how the intervention impacts them
• Integrate more than one content area (environment, entrepreneurship, civic education) in proposed program/project
Planned Usage of Funds
Funds should be used for the following purposes:
• Start-up of a program with a promising new approach
• Capital – Building, equipment, or materials
• Operating capital for scale-up of a proven concept/project
• General Operating Support
• Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance
• Reasonable indirect costs for program/project implementation

Management Team
Preference will be given to organizations thatare Haitian-led organizations based in Haiti e.g. a majority of the Board and Executive leadership is Haitian. Exceptions may be made for organizations that have a track record of empowering Haitians as the change agents

Potential for ScalePreference will be given to organizations that have:
-organizational capacity including sustainability of other funding sources and ability to collaborate with other partners including government
- a track record of making impact in ACT’s focus areas and where a grant from ACT would make a significant difference.
Financial Statements

Preference will be given to organizations that request grants that do not exceed 50% of their overall budget.

Past Impact EvaluationPreference will be given to organization that have a track record of sustainable and measurable outcomes
Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan
Preference will be given to organizations that have a scope of impact demonstrated by measurable outcomes (e.g. Numbers of people served/impacted or geographic scope )

Ineligible projects/purposes:
• Short-term Relief Efforts
• Scholarships
• Research
• Individuals
• Endowments
• Memorials
• Events
• Membership
• Annual Campaigns
• Reduction of deficits

Application Directions

Submit a LETTER OF INTEREST (LOI) in Kreyol, French, or English to the address listed preferably by email toinfo@ayiticommunitytrust.org.

The LOI should be accompanied by the attachments listed in the attached request for applications.

Application And Awards Process

By January 1, 2020 applicants will be notified whether or not they will be invited to submit a full application. If invited to submit a full application it must be received by February 15th, 2020


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