FSD supports the efforts of our overseas partners working to better their communities, environments and the economic opportunities around them. We provide multi-faceted support to more than 300 community-based partner organizations including grants for sustainable projects and capacity building initiatives.

Grantmaking to Community Partners

In 2008 FSD began offering grants to partner organizations whether or not they were hosting an intern. Grant awards range from USD $1,000 to USD $5,000 and are written in direct response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) posted by our San Francisco headquarters. Now FSD awards over 50 grants per year to support the projects of our community partners. We make grants to develop new initiatives, support or expand existing projects, and to strengthen organizations.

FSD also offers grants to projects designed and implemented by interns in collaboration with their host organizations. The objectives of our grants program are to:

1. Support sustainable development initiatives that respond to community-defined needs, are participatory in approach, and that focus on enhancing the abilities of individuals, groups and organizations to create lasting solutions to social, economic, political, environmental and cultural challenges faced by our partner communities

2. Increase the capacity and skills of our interns and partner organizations in project planning, monitoring and evaluation, and other relevant program design and management skills

3. Enhance the ability of our interns and partner organizations to seek funding through FSD and other national and international sources

4. Employ grantmaking practices that are accountable, transparent, and inclusive and that are highly responsive to the cultures, capacities, and goals of our grantees

All FSD Interns (9+ week programs) can apply for an FSD grant, provided that compliance with the requirements and guidelines is met. Award of a FSD grant is based on meeting strict criteria for sustainable community development program design and the availability of funds.

Grant awards range from USD $100 to USD $800 and are awarded based on specific requirements and evaluation criteria. Grant applications are reviewed at our San Francisco headquarters.