IPAF Small Grants of US $20,000 to US $50,000 (funding for economic activity for youths)

Deadline: 8 June 2018

Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility’s (IPAF) 2018 Call for Proposals provides small grants of US$ 20,000 to US$ 50,000 and provides funding focused on indigenous youth and prioritize projects which build their capacities, develop niche markets and promote indigenous farming systems as a viable and attractive economic activity for youth.

IPAF Small Grants of US $20,000 to US $50,000

Established in 2006, IFADís Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is a unique facility based on the principle of Indigenous Peoples’ self-determined development within the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

It funds small projects that indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations design themselves and that build on their culture, knowledge, natural resources, and human rights. The Facility provides small grants of US$ 20,000 to US$ 50,000 to small projects designed and implemented by Indigenous Peoples’ communities and their organizations.

The 2018-2021 grant will finance the fifth cycle of IPAF.

The grant will support up to 35 demand-driven projects by Indigenous Peoples’ communities through the co-management of partner organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The grant will finance projects that will increase the empowerment of indigenous peoples in four areas:

  • food security and nutrition
  • access and rights to land territories and resources
  • access to market
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation

The Facility invites applications from Indigenous Peoples’ communities and their organizations for grants to fund projects that build on innovative approaches and partnerships that promote Indigenous Peoples’ self-driven development and support them to fulfil their aspirations.

Examples of Projects that could be funded

  • Increasing indigenous peoples communities’ food security and nutrition
  • Preserving and promoting local varieties of traditional crops
  • Training on sustainable and socio-cultural agricultural techniques
  • Rehabilitating local plantations
  • Supporting the production of indigenous and traditional food
  • Supporting the implementation of community-based forestry systems
  • Preserving wild species and seeds
  • Transferring indigenous peoples’ knowledge among generations
  • Promoting sustainable agriculture and access to markets
  • Creating and strengthening income-generating groups/cooperatives
  • Building capacity for, and creating, income-generating activities
  • Developing culturally appropriate ethno-tourism models
  • Marketing traditional handicrafts
  • Managing natural resources
  • Building and strengthening the capacity and raising awareness on indigenous peoples’ rights to land and territories
  • Mapping indigenous and tribal peoplesí land, territories and resources
  • Building and strengthening capacity for responsible systems of traditional land, territory and
    resources governance with a focus on gender balance
  • Adapting to and mitigating climate change
  • Conserving biodiversity
  • Promoting policy engagement with governments on indigenous peoplesí rights and development
    with culture and identity
  • Documenting and integrating indigenous peoples’ knowledge and practices in disaster risk

Who can apply

Please note that your community or organization must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a

  • The applicant must be an indigenous or tribal peoplesí organization;
  • The project proposal must have been designed with and by the communities it will benefit, and
    evidence of their free, prior and informed consent must be enclosed in the proposal. For more
    information on the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) requirements, refer to the IPAF
  • Not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations and local institutions such as a local government
    can apply if designated by the indigenous peoplesí communities to act on their behalf. Evidence
    of the FPIC by the indigenous peoplesí communities must be enclosed with the application form*.
    For-profit organizations (e.g. for-profit cooperatives) are not eligible for funding;
  • The applicant must be legally registered in an IFAD developing Member State (List available at:;
  • The applicant’s headquarters must be located in the country of grant implementation, which must
    also be an IFAD developing Member State, and be close to the area where the project will be
  • The applicant should have an established bank account in the name of the applicant organization
    and be able to receive international financial contribution under applicable law;
  • The applicant should demonstrate internal controls to govern the use of funds (upon approval of
    project proposals, organizations will be requested to produce documentary evidence of the
    organizationís financial and control capacity to receive and manage funds, under applicable law,
    and the latest annual audit of the organizationís accounts or any other external or internal
    assessment of the organizationís internal controls);
  • The applicant must demonstrate gender and intergenerational balance in its governing system
    and that women and youth participate in decision-making;
  • The applicant should not be implementing an IFAD grant at the time of the application;
  • The applicant can submit only one proposal to the 2018 IPAF. If an applicant submits more
    than one proposal, only the first completed proposal received will be considered.

Decisions on projects to be financed will be made by the IPAF Board based on the following criteria:

  • Indigenous peoples’ development with culture and identity: How does the project build upon
    the asset of indigenous peoplesí culture and identity? How does the project take full advantage of
    indigenous peoplesí traditional knowledge, culture, governance systems and natural resources?
  • Project relevance: Does the project address the needs of the indigenous peoples’
    community/ies, particularly women and youth? Will it make a difference in the community/ies to
    aid or resolve issues? Can it be replicated elsewhere?
  • Project feasibility and sustainability: Is the proposed approach practical? Is the timeline
    realistic and the budget adequate? How will results be sustained after project completion?
    Institutional capacity: What relevant skills does the organizationís staff bring to the project? Has
    the organization succeeded in similar endeavours?
  • Institutional credibility: What kind of credibility does the organization enjoy within its
    community/ies and beyond?
  • Balance of grant portfolio: Does the project provide for a balance of the grant portfolio with
    regard to geographic distribution, gender and issues being addressed?

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