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Attention Civil Society: A Two Ingredient Recipe for Innovation

By - Jun 18 2014

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At the Inter-American Development Bank, we believe innovation is born of two ingredients: ideas and seed capital. Every year, our Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program (JPO) combines the two through a Call for Proposals for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Going on its third anniversary, this competitive process for civil society organizations allows us to identify the most innovative & replicable solutions to strengthen community-based development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 

Though the JPO’s 13 year tradition of funding projects in LAC has resulted in US$50 million of seed capital and 145 executed projects, this Call for Proposals is unique in that it opens the door for Civil Society Organizations to make lasting change in their very communities. And the best news of all? Your organization can still participate, entering for a chance to win funds for poverty alleviation, and impacting low-income and vulnerable populations.

From past experience we know that seed capital has the potential to transform ideas into effective, ingenious solutions. Thus, selected CSOs are eligible to receive between US$300,000-US$750,000 in the non-reimbursable financial support they need to build their ideas into viable, change-making projects. This year, the call targets specific sectors in a specific group of countries, detailed on the map below.

Time is running out. If you believe your idea can strengthen your community, act now. Send us your proposal between now and June 24, 2014. Click here to learn how.

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