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What is the amount of an IAF grant and the duration of IAF's support?

The size of an IAF grant depends on the needs of the proponent organization and the amount of counterpart resources mobilized. Recent IAF grants have varied from $25,000 to $400,000 over one to four years. Currently, the IAF does not fund requests for amounts under $25,000 or for more than $400,000.

Can an organization submit multiple proposals?

No, proponent organizations can only submit one proposal per funding cycle.

What percentage of the total grant can fund overhead (administration, professional fees, operational expenses, salaries and materials)?

In general, the IAF does not fund proposals that request more than 50 percent in overhead expenses. Usually the lower the overhead, the more attractive the proposal.

Can IAF grants include salaries?

Salaries are a legitimate expense.

What percentage is expected in counterpart funding?

Counterpart funding must be a component of the budget for the proposed project, but no minimum amount is required. Higher counterpart funding makes a proposal more attractive. Counterpart may be in cash donations or in kind, including, but not limited to, land, supplies, infrastructure, labor, and office, storage and meeting space.

What administrative expenses may be included in the proposed budget?

Allowable administrative expenses include operations, rent, utilities, insurance, salaries, office equipment and supplies and other costs listed on the proposed budget form in the budget section of these guidelines.

When can I expect a response to the proposal?

Your organization will receive confirmation of receipt. Within four to six months, you will be notified of the status of the proposal.

What is the difference between the governing structure and the operating structure?

The governing structure refers to the organization’s form of leadership which might include, for example, a board of directors, general assembly, fiscal council and/or chief executive officer. The operating structure refers to the division of labor. For example, the operating structure might include an educational team, a communications team, and an administrative department.

What is the composition of an organization?

Here the word "composition" refers to the people who form the organization. An association is made of members, for example, and may also include volunteers and other interested individuals.

My organization has a field office in the country where the project will take place but our main office is located elsewhere, will our proposal be considered?

Yes, your field office may submit a proposal and any contributions from the main office may be included as counterpart for the grant.