International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Inviting applications for ‘Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF)’ to strengthen indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations by financing small projects which foster their self-driven development in the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and generate lessons learned and approaches for replication and up-scaling.

Funding brief: In line with its overall mandate and strategic objectives, and within the framework of its Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, IFAD aims to ensure that indigenous peoples’ communities in rural areas are empowered to improve their well-being, income and food security through self-driven development that builds on their identity and culture.

The objective of the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is to strengthen indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations by financing small projects which foster their self-driven development in the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and generate lessons learned and approaches for replication and up-scaling.

The IPAF supports indigenous peoples to determine and develop priorities and strategies to fulfil development needs of their communities. Through small grants ranging from USD 20,000 to USD 50,000 and lasting up to two years, the IPAF supports the demand-driven initiatives of indigenous peoples’ communities by funding small projects that are designed and implemented by indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations, and that build on their culture, identity, knowledge and natural resources. The IPAF finances projects that improve indigenous peoples’ access to key decision-making processes, empower them to find solutions to the challenges they face, and promote collaboration in the public and private spheres.

The Facility is governed by a Board responsible for operations and directions. The Board, with a majority of indigenous and tribal peoples’ representatives, reviews and makes final recommendations on grant awards. Current members of the IPAF Board are: Jean-Philippe Audinet, Lead Technical Specialist, Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division, IFAD; Mirna Cunningham, Miskitu from Nicaragua; Devashish Roy, Chakma, Bangladesh; Rukka Sombolinggi, Toraya, Indonesia; Wolde Gossa Tadesse, Gamo from Ethiopia. The Board works closely with the IPAF Secretariat, responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of the Facility.

The Facility is managed at regional level by three indigenous peoples’ organizations that are responsible for supporting and advising the IPAF Board on the selection of proposals; channelling resources to organizations awarded by the IPAF Board; and monitoring and providing implementation support to the small projects financed through the IPAF. IPAF regional partners are: Samburu Women Trust in Africa; Tebtebba Foundation in Asia and the Pacific; The International Indigenous Women’s Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (IIWF/FIMI) in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The focus of the IPAF for 2018 is indigenous youth. Priority will be given to proposals submitted by indigenous peoples’ organizations led by indigenous youth and projects focusing on indigenous young women and men.

Within the focus of indigenous youth, the 2018 IPAF will finance indigenous peoples’ demand-driven initiatives under the following thematic areas:
● Food Security and Nutrition
● Access to Markets
● Land, Territories and Resources
● Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Examples of projects that could be funded?
 Increasing indigenous peoples communities’ food security and nutrition
 Preserving and promoting local varieties of traditional crops
 Training on sustainable and socio-cultural agricultural techniques
 Rehabilitating local plantations
 Supporting the production of indigenous and traditional food
 Supporting the implementation of community-based forestry systems
 Preserving wild species and seeds
 Transferring indigenous peoples’ knowledge among generations
 Promoting sustainable agriculture and access to markets
 Creating and strengthening income-generating groups/cooperatives
 Building capacity for, and creating, income-generating activities
 Developing culturally appropriate ethno-tourism models
 Marketing traditional handicrafts
 Managing natural resources
 Building and strengthening the capacity and raising awareness on indigenous peoples’ rights to land and territories
 Mapping indigenous and tribal peoples’ land, territories and resources
 Building and strengthening capacity for responsible systems of traditional land, territory and resources governance with a focus on gender balance
 Adapting to and mitigating climate change
 Conserving biodiversity
 Promoting policy engagement with governments on indigenous peoples’ rights and development with culture and identity
 Documenting and integrating indigenous peoples’ knowledge and practices in disaster risk reduction.

Donor Name: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Funding name: Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) Call for Proposals 2018

Deadline: 8th, June, 2018, at 17.00 hrs, Italian time zone.

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Proposed project budget requests to the IPAF should range between USD 20,000 and USD 50,000.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Please note that your community or organization must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:
 The applicant must be an indigenous or tribal peoples’ organization;
 The project proposal must have been designed with and by the communities it will benefit, and evidence of their free, prior and informed consent must be enclosed in the proposal. For more information on the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) requirements, refer to the IPAF Guidelines;
 Not-for-profit/non-governmental organizations and local institutions such as a local government can apply if designated by the indigenous peoples’ communities to act on their behalf. Evidence of the FPIC by the indigenous peoples’ communities must be enclosed with the application form*. For-profit organizations (e.g. for-profit cooperatives) are not eligible for funding;
 The applicant must be legally registered in an IFAD developing Member State (List available at:;
 The applicant’s headquarters must be located in the country of grant implementation, which must also be an IFAD developing Member State, and be close to the area where the project will be implemented;
 The applicant should have an established bank account in the name of the applicant organization and be able to receive international financial contribution under applicable law;
 The applicant should demonstrate internal controls to govern the use of funds (upon approval of project proposals, organizations will be requested to produce documentary evidence of the organization’s financial and control capacity to receive and manage funds, under applicable law, and the latest annual audit of the organization’s accounts or any other external or internal assessment of the organization’s internal controls);
 The applicant must demonstrate gender and intergenerational balance in its governing system and that women and youth participate in decision-making;
 The applicant should not be implementing an IFAD grant at the time of the application;

The applicant can submit only one proposal to the 2018 IPAF. If an applicant submits more than one proposal, only the first completed proposal received will be considered.

 Only non-for profit organizations are eligible for the IPAF.

  • An indigenous peoples’ community or organization may ask a legally registered not-for-profit Organization, non-governmental organization or local institution such as a local government (municipality, indigenous or tribal regional, territorial autonomous district, etc.) to act as applicant and recipient of the grant on its behalf. In such cases, the relationship between the indigenous or tribal community and the entity submitting the application to the IPAF must be made explicit in the application form (item 4).

Furthermore, the applicant must indicate the name and address of the representatives of the indigenous or tribal peoples’ community that will benefit from the project. Evidence of FPIC needs to be enclosed with the application form.

The Facility WILL NOT consider applications from organizations without legal registration, or applications from individuals applying in their personal capacity.

The Facility WILL NOT consider applications from for-profit organizations, such as for profit cooperative societies, etc.

The Facility WILL NOT consider applications which do not include as a separate enclosure evidence of FPIC consent by the benefiting communities.

Please note that only project proposals that are designed with and by indigenous peoples’ communities and that clearly/directly benefit women and youth of indigenous peoples’ communities will be considered eligible for funding.

Eligible Country: As indicated in the call for proposals, they accept only proposals submitted from IFAD Developing Member States, which are listed at the following link:

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply:
● Guideline:
● Form (Proposal):
● About:
● FAQ:
● Guidelines for completing the application form 2018 Focus on indigenous youth:
● Quick steps for project proposals submission:
● IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples:

How to apply: Applications and respective documents must be submitted online at:

All applications must directly benefit indigenous peoples in a culturally appropriate, sustainable, and youth and gender inclusive manner and address issues central to indigenous peoples’ aspirations.
 All applications must be sent completed using the IPAF Application Form 2018.
 Incomplete applications will not be considered.
 The application form must not exceed a total of 15 pages.
 Applications are accepted only in English, French, and Spanish.
 The Plan of Work attached to the application should include indications on how the project would be completed within a maximum of 20 months for implementing activities and four months for reporting on results and costs, starting from the grant agreement date.
 The budget should be based on realistic local costs. Details should be provided on amounts and sources of contribution (including from the applicant organization). The budget MUST be submitted in US Dollars, clearly itemized according to project activities, and including details of administrative and personnel costs.
 The budget for administrative and personnel cost cannot exceed 20 per cent of the project budget requested from the IPAF.
 Contribution by the applicant organization must be minimum of 20 per cent of the amount requested to the Facility and must be itemized. The contribution can be in cash or in-kind (such as personnel costs or use of office facilities).
 Applications must include a copy of the certificate of the legal registration of the applicant organization under applicable law.
 Evidence of FPIC by the indigenous peoples’ communities benefiting from the project must be enclosed with the application form by all applicant organizations.

Only in cases of inaccessibility to internet can applications be sent by post mail to the address below before the deadline: Ms Antonella Cordone, Senior Technical Specialist, Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Issues, Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division, Strategy and Knowledge Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, Via Paolo di Dono, 44, 00142 Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039 06 5459 2065

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