International proposals must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Recipient organization* must be a not for profit USA based 501 (c) (3) public charity as defined by the Internal Revenue Service code.
- Projects to be considered must be located within the following countries: Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, or Nicaragua.
- Recipients must have staff and/or partners on the ground and include local community in the project development and implementation.
- Projects to be funded will address one of the following LASC Focus Areas:
- Food support, security, and sustainability: this may include emergency feeding and starvation relief; subsistence farming, backyard farming, or soil improvement initiatives; sustainable and regenerative food programs (ie…aqua farming, greenhouse gardens, beekeeping, fruit tree planting and baking)
- Social Entrepreneurship & Microdevelopment: food related community based initiatives that address poverty, increase income, teach new skills, provide training, and create individual, family and community economic opportunities.
- Poverty relief: Development of individuals, families, and communities toward self-determination and an improved standard of living. (ie…access to clean water and improved sanitation practices; housing development, animal husbandry)
- By personal invitation from LASC
*Organizations we do not fund – Light a Single Candle Foundation does not fund schools, churches, healthcare entities & initiatives, governments or governmental agencies, for profit organizations, individuals, or any non-501(c) (3) USA based charitable organization.
First time applicants: Please contact Light a Single Candle Foundation before completing an application. Please click here to fill out our Contact Form.
All applicants: Your contact form will be reviewed by our staff. We will contact you to set an appointment to learn more about you and your organization. If invited to apply for a grant, please submit your request along with the following:
- Provide organization name, Exempt Identification Number (EIN), contact person, email and telephone number and mission. Identify the country and LASC focus area to be served.
- Include a brief project description, timeline, and both project and organization budget.
- Identify the need for the project and identify other project partners involved in the program. Describe the involvement of the local community in the development and implementation of the project.
- Describe the outputs and outcomes that will be measured to identify success of the project and include the number of people directly and indirectly impacted by the project.
- Who will provide training and oversight for the project and what staff members of your organization will lead and be involved? What is your organizations’ expertise?
- Comment on the long term viability of the project and any resources, relationships or strategic planning in place to support it.
- When the project has been completed, how will you determine that it has been successful or not?
- In 3 years, what do you expect to see and find when you revisit this project?
- Is there anything else you would like to include or comment on?