Coronavirus Updates2020-12-10T13:13:17-05:00

The health, safety, and security of our staff and grantee partners are the highest priorities of the Inter-American Foundation.

Already vulnerable communities in Latin America and the Caribbean now face increasing food insecurity, health risks, loss of livelihoods, and increased violence risks due to COVID-19. Our grantees are on the front lines helping these communities survive the pandemic. They are also looking to the future to restart their economies and rebuild their communities. 

We are funding grassroots organizations as they:

surgical mask iconSupport immediate response to help keep communities healthy, safe, and informed.
A bar graph shows an arrow going up.Invest in recovery activities that will help people earn a living, return to school, and access basic services.
Icon showing two people working together to move a boxBolster longer-term resilience among already underserved communities against economic, social, and environmental shocks.

By meeting immediate needs and promoting emergency preparedness, we are strengthening local organizations and their communities to weather this and future crises.

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Combating COVID-19 at the Grassroots

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Staying Connected During Quarantine

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened pre-existing inequalities experienced by vulnerable groups. Our grantee partners have found that increasing access to technology helps address these issues, connecting people to jobs, education, and social support.

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Guidance for Grantee Partners

Issued March 26, 2020

As we confront the challenges of COVID-19 right here at home in the United States, we can only imagine the challenges it poses for you and your communities. We are thinking of you, your staff, and organizations. Many of you are often the first responders—sometimes the only
respondersin emergency situations like these. And we know how daunting and draining these moments can be for everyone.

Please count on the IAF as you rethink your programming in this new context, whether through the pandemic or during its aftermath. In the coming days, Local Liaisons and Foundation Representatives will be reaching out to learn about your specific challenges, concerns, and ideas you may have about adjustments to your planned activities. Please do not do anything that puts you or the communities you serve in harm’s way to meet grant obligations.

Meanwhile, here in Washington, we are working remotely and will continue to do so through the foreseeable future. We are not traveling or holding any in-person meetings or events, just as we have encouraged our colleagues in countries to do, following local health guidelines. That being said, our virtual community is as strong as ever and we hope yours is there too. Thank you for your steadfast commitment to resilient and empowered communities, no matter what tomorrow brings us. We look forward to continuing working with you in these difficult times. Please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know how you are doing.

All the best,

Paloma Adams-Allen
President and CEO
Inter-American Foundation

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