Seattle International Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) seeks to improve the lives of at-risk youth, women, and indigenous peoples. SIF also supports projects that address youth sexual and reproductive health project through its Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund). 

IP TAKE: SIF focuses its grantmaking regionally, in the greater Seattle area, but also awards grants to projects that emphasize an interest in Central America. 

PROFILE: Bill and Paula Clapp, cofounders of the Seattle International Foundation, have a long history of global development work. In 1994, the couple cofounded Global Partnerships, a nonprofit impact organizations that worked towards alleviating global poverty and empowering women around in developing countries. The Clapps eventually parlayed their years of experience in global development work in 2008 to establish the Seattle International Foundation, which seeks to alleviate global poverty in developing countries around the world. SIF funds poverty alleviation projects with a strategic focus on Central America.

SIF's Global program closed in 2015 in order to focus more fully on the foundation's work in Central America. In other words, SIF now manages its global development through its Central America program, which seeks to "alleviate poverty and promote equality in the region" by using leadership development, public policy, and research as vehicles.  The program supports initiatives to increase "economic opportunities for women, enhance judicial independence, prevent violence against women and promote opportunities for young people." In allotting its global development grantmaking, SIF prioritizes efforts to support women's rights, microfinance, research, policy, empowering youth, women, and indigenous peoples. The foundation periodically updates news regarding its Central America program. The program awards up to $15,000.

SIF also awards grants through its Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY), which is a five-year partnership with the Summit Foundation. Grantees must be based in Guatemala or Honduras in order to receive an award. This regional exclusivity does not apply to SIFs Central America program. The fund plans to invest up to $1 million in girls’ equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Only two or three CAMY Fund grants are awarded annually in amounts up to $35,000, and those awards are given to lead by young people ages 18 -to 35.

Those interested in CAMY Fund grants must keep a close watch on current RFP details, as the fund tends to focus on one or two specific girls’ equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights annually. The fund accepts unsolicited applications throughout the year.

The foundation accepts unsolicited applications—or concept notes—throughout the year. However, it does enforce an annual deadline, typically sometime in early December. Grantseekers can access SIF’s application system via its website.

PEOPLE:

  • Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director
  • Norman Rice, President and CEO

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