Request for Proposals: U.S. Embassy Trinidad & Tobago

US Embassy Trinidad Tobago Grant Call for SubmissionsWHAT: The Embassy of the United States of America in Port of Spain seeks to fund creative and sustainable projects which contain a clearly outlined U.S. component, and will aid in societal and institutional growth in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Embassy invites organizations meeting the outlined eligibility criteria to submit grant proposals. This is an open competition for non-profit and/or NGOs and social enterprises with offices headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago.

Proposals should address the following issues:

  • Creating a more open society
  • Improving the rule of law
  • Improving mutual understanding between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago

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FUNDING: Multiple awards will be granted, with a maximum amount per award of US$10,000.

WHEN: Deadline for concept paper/proposal submissions is July 23, 2014.

CONTACT:  “Applicants must submit concept papers ELECTRONICALLY ONLY using  Only applicants whose proposals have been selected for award will be contacted.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: More details at and Call for Submissions (flyer)

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5 Quick Grant Writing Tips for NGOs

NGO Top Grant Writing Tips1. Gather Information – Carefully read funding guidelines and proposal instructions, and even request annual reports and details on past grantees before you decide to apply. Ensure that you’re a good fit for the grant and follow all the instructions!

2. Assemble a Dream Team – Identify the strong writer(s), the idea person, the number cruncher, and a good copyeditor in your NGO.  These are the individuals you want on your grant writing team; use them to submit a knock-out proposal (make sure it includes the most current program and organizational information.)

3. Start Early & Submit Early – Don’t wait until the last minute to send your proposal!  Aim to be memorable as one of the first proposals in the door.

4. Connect with Funders – If the funder is local, run the names of the funder’s staff by your Board Members and other organizational contacts to see if anyone has a connection to the funder.  One phone call from the right person can help your organisation’s proposal make it to the top of the pile.

5. Say Thank You & Solicit Feedback – Follow up with a thank-you letter even if you don’t secure funding.  Ask the funder how your proposal can be improved and help increase your chances of securing future funding.

These tips were originally featured at the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals Conference on postcards for our conference attendees! 

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NGO FUNDING ALERT: UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme Trinidad & Tobago

UNDP Trinidad Tobago GEF SGP Community MeetingWHAT: The Outreach Caravan for the GEF Small Grants Programme Trinidad and Tobago is hosting a Community Meeting for civil society groups (NGOs, CBOs, village council, academic or activist group) in South and Central Trinidad.

The aim of this session is to raise awareness of the Programme to registered CSOs interested in implementing environmental projects.

FUNDING: Environmental projects in GEF’s focus areas may be eligible for grants of up to $50,000 USD.  There are also planning grants of up to $5,000 USD to help organisations get started on a project.

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Register Today for the national Civil Society Board!

Civil Society Board Registration Form Trinidad Tobago

Civil Society Board Registration Form

“The Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration is proceeding with the formation of a Civil Society Board, your organization needs to register in order to be eligible to vote.”

The Civil Society Board Registration Form must be completed and returned by 30th June 2014 (deadline has been extended) to the Ministry via email to Janelle Bruno – or it can be dropped off at the Ministry’s office at: Read more ›

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Join the T&T NGO Professionals Facebook Group!

T&T NGO Facebook Group Trinidad TobagoThe T&T NGO Professionals Facebook Group was created to help professionals in the civil society sector in Trinidad & Tobago connect and network online.

Organisations are encouraged to use this new Facebook group to post their events, job openings, funding opportunities, etc. as well as discuss local NGO news and issues.  Our hope is that the group will become a vibrant online community for NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Dialogue on Civil Society Board: June 11th & 12th


Update:  On Friday, June 13th, 9:00am at the Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration‘s “dialogue” for Civil Society Organisations will be held in PORT OF SPAIN at the Rhand Credit Union Auditorium.

The Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration is hosting a “dialogue” for Civil Society Organisations in Trinidad and Tobago on the establishment of the Civil Society Board on June 11th and 12th, 2014. Read more ›

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IDB Funding Alert for NGOs in Trinidad & Tobago: Inter American Development Bank (IDB)

IDB Call for Proposals - NGO Trinidad & TobagoFUNDER: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program (JPO)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: “This Call for Proposals is specifically related to the Community Based Program of the JPO. “The JPO is now launching its third Call for Proposals for Civil Society Organizations. Aligned with the IDB strategy on social innovation, this new Call for Proposals will focus particularly on highly innovative solutions that could systematically support the community-based development.

Through this process, applicants will have the opportunity to pitch and present their innovative solutions, and the winners will get the JPO´s support to incubate, develop or scale up these solutions.” Please see the guidelines document for more details on the objective, target beneficiaries, eligibility criteria, etc. for this Call for Proposals.

ELIGIBILITY: Civil Society Organisations in Trinidad and Tobago in the following sectors are eligible to apply – 1) Financing productive development of microenterprises; 2)Strengthening prevention against community violence Read more ›

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