Is God calling YOU to make a difference in people’s lives? Are you a Latino(a) between 20 and 35 years old? Are you interested in helping mothers and children globally access good nutrition, or in addressing the root causes of migration from Central America? This is your opportunity to solve the challenges that have prevented young Latinos(as) in your community from actively engaging members of Congress on these two issues.
Bread for the World Institute is seeking grant proposals, ranging from $500-2,500, to empower teams of young Latinos(as) to live out their faith through anti-hunger advocacy affecting federal policies and government programs. Bread will award a total of $10,000 in grants.
Grant applications must propose a breakthrough approach that is more effective and equitable than traditional advocacy approaches to engage young Latinos in advocacy more effectively. Your proposal should (1) develop an advocacy program led by, and designed for, young Latinos(as) in your church or sponsor organization, such as a school or seminary; or (2) take an advocacy tool and redesign or reimagine it in an innovative way to inspire young Latinos(as) to take advocacy actions.
Grant Eligibility Requirements
- Your team must include at least two members, sponsored by a Christian 501(c)(3) organization.
- Your team members must be Latinos(as) between 20 and 35 years old.
- Team members must submit a completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Team members –through their sponsor organization- must submit a detailed report outlining how the funds were spent and the results of the implemented project by December 31, 2019.
- If awarded a grant, participate in a mandatory advocacy training webinar led by our organizers.
The grant program will not fund:
- For-profit organizations
- Capital campaigns and/or operating costs
- Expanding an existing program
- Indirect costs
Applicants are encouraged to attend Bread’s grant application webinar on August 29 at 3 p.m. ETto review the grant application form and to get answers to questions. If you cannot participate in the webinar, we can provide the recording.
If you have questions or want to talk about your proposals before submission, please contact Dulce Gamboa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bread will announce the grant awardees on September 30, 2019.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS IS September 16, 2019
Please answer the following questions about your proposed advocacy project.
- Name of sponsoring organization:
- Employer Identification Number (EIN):
- Advocacy Issue of Interest
Root Causes of migration from Central America
Why is advocacy on this issue important to you and your [i.e., peers, community…]
- Please describe your network. Who do you expect to participate in this advocacy work?What are your ideas for getting young Latinos(as) interested in joining this effort?
- What members of Congress do you want to reach with your advocacy? a) U.S. senators; b) U.S. house members; c) all of the above
- Please describe what you want to accomplish with this project. Your project description should include the activities to be completed, potential challenges, and what you expect to learn that can help you and others in the Latino community get involved in advocacy on national policy. Keep in mind that funds need to be expended and activities should be completed by December 31, 2019.[Word limit: 1,000 words]
- What is your plan to sustain your advocacy efforts in your community over time?
- What is the total amount requested for this project? You can request up to $2,500 in grant funding.
- Please briefly describe the proposed use of the grant funds.
- What expenses do you expect to be covered with these funds?
- Please submit the most recent audited financial report of your sponsoring organization 501 (c)3. If not available, please submit the most recent internal financial documents.
Submitting your application
Send complete applications via this google formno later than September 16, 2019. You will need to attach to the application the 501(c)3 IRS determination letter.
Guidelines on applying 501 (c)3/(c)4 rules in your projects
Bread encourages applicants to keep their proposals educational with a call to advocacy action—without citing specific bill or resolution numbers or making other reference to a specific legislative proposal. When preparing proposals, please keep in mind that these grant funds may not be used for either direct or grassroots lobbying.
If you want to include a direct or grassroots lobbying component in your project, please note that you cannot use these funds for lobbying but Bread organizers in your area can work with you to make it happen.
A direct lobbying communicationis a communication with a legislator or legislative staff that refers to and reflects a review on a specific legislative proposal.
Both direct and grassroots lobbying are subject to exceptions that include (1) nonpartisan study, research and analysis, (2) invited testimony, and (3) examinations and discussions of broad social, economic, and similar problems.
If you have questions about these rules or how these apply to your 501 (c)(3) organization, feel free to contact Marco Grimaldo at email@example.com. We will provide more information during our grant application webinar on August 29, at 3 p.m. ET.
Background information on advocacy issues
As people of faith, we are called to care for one another and speak out for those in need. Bread for the World’s 2019 Offering of Letters: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow urges our government to accelerate progress toward ending hunger by increasing funding for global child nutrition programs.
Today, nearly 821 million people in the world—11 percent of the world’s population—remain hungry. One in 4 of the world’s children are affected by stunting, resulting in irreversible life consequences. Countries in Central America are disproportionately affected. Almost half of all child deaths worldwide are linked to malnutrition.
Congress should pass legislation to establish a new, scaled-up approach to global nutrition. Passage of a resolution will strengthen U.S. commitment to global child nutrition and will lead other countries to join us in the global effort to end hunger.
Learn more: www.bread.org/ol
Root causes of migration
From the earliest days of U.S. history, our country has welcomed people who are escaping persecution and poverty. People who make the decision to leave home and come to the United States, in recent years as in the past, generally have few other options. Factors beyond their control have made their circumstances too hungry and violent for them to remain.
These causes of migration are often called “push factors,” because many migrants from Central America are primarily being “pushed” to the United States by conditions at home, rather than “pulled” here by opportunities. The main push factors are hunger, violence, and extreme poverty.
Undocumented immigration is less about the United States and more about hunger, extreme poverty, and conflict in the three countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle—Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Fact sheet on nutrition in Latin America