US grant for Job Creations in At Risk Neighborhoods

This is from Apr 7, 2014 but I did not see much on this specific grant on the Belize news (I may have missed it however and please excuse me if I did) and thought I should share so others may know.

The US State Department has issued a grant to Belize for job creation in At Risk Neighborhoods across the nation, funding is available to U.S. or overseas-based non-governmental and non-profit organizations (NGOs), Public International Organizations (PIOs) and Educational Institutions, according to the announcement expects to fund 5 to 7 proposals ranging between $100,000 to $500,000.


Variable. The U.S. Embassy in Belize anticipates that most awards would be between 12-24 months. All award money must be spent by the end of the grant period. U.S. Embassy Belize expects to fund 5 to 7 proposals for a total program value not to exceed $1,500,000 in U.S. Government funding, contingent upon the availability of funds. Although U.S. Embassy Belmopan is unlikely to fund proposals for less than $100,000 or for more than $500,000 in U.S. Government funding (total funding for projects can and should exceed the U.S. Government funding through cost-sharing), the Embassy may make exceptions for especially compelling proposals.

Closing Date for Applications

May 11, 2014 All applications must be submitted on or before Sunday, May 11, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. local time in Belize.


Cheryl Dupree or Denise Fuller
Grants Officer Representatives
U.S. Embassy
Email: (Preferred method of communication)
Phone: +501 822-4011 x4306

Any questions concerning this RFA should be submitted in writing to

This funding will support U.S. Government objectives under the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), including strengthening citizen security.

The five goals of CARSI are:

  1. Create safe streets for the citizens of the region;
  2. Disrupt the movement of criminals and contraband within and among the nations of Central America;
  3. Support the development of strong, capable and accountable Central American Governments;
  4. Re-establish effective state presence and security in communities at risk; and
  5. Foster enhanced levels of security and rule of law coordination and cooperation among the nations of the region.

The funds supporting this RFA are part of CARSI assistance in Belize and will focus on Goal 1.

Proposals will confront the root causes of violence and crime in Belize in a creative and effective way and seek to create positive cultural and social conditions, which are the foundations of a peaceful and orderly society. Root causes in Belize include, but are not limited to, a lack of economic development, entrepreneurial skills and/or tradecraft, conflict resolution skills, and/or opportunity for youth. Proposals will cultivate positive social values such as civic pride, respect for each other, respect for law and order, integrity, importance of education and a sense of responsibility for citizens and our community. Marginalized youth are empowered when given a voice and opportunities in both the global and local village. Equipping marginalized youth and/or communities with economic opportunities and/or business training can help them reach their true potential as entrepreneurs and improve citizen security.

General Facts

As of June 2014 the unemployment rate in Belize was 19.5% and the dependency rate was 59.7 % of which 53.3 % are youths.

If you know of any projects that came out of this funding, please let us know about them by leaving a comment with a link to the project if there is one.

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