Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR), is a non-profit group made up of former Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic over the past 52 years. It provides small grants designed to support projects and programs involving Peace Corps Volunteers and the people they work with. It does this through two funds supported with donations from its membership and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other.
The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities build basic infrastructure projects, including but not limited to such projects as water systems, water filters, electrification, cement floors, improved wood stoves, latrines, schools, and libraries. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Applications are prepared by individual Volunteers who oversee disbursement of funds. The maximum grant from CCF is $3,000, typically to purchase materials. The CCF typically provides funding for 12-15 projects a year. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated. If you are interested: Talk to your APCD and get their approval first. Then work with Farah Canaán to get your application started. Applications are prepared using the Peace Corps Partnership forms and must be approved by the Country Director. For more details, look under Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can email the CCF's director, John Epler, at johnepler AT comcast.net.
The Program Support Fund (PSF) is an intentionally flexible fund designed for initiatives, programs and projects not covered by CCF, such as youth training, teacher training, library projects and public health education initiatives. Recent grants have supported Declaro Mis Derechos training courses and the national Brigada Verde Conference. Its broad goal is to make small but strategic grants to strengthen current PC/DR programs, including filling funding shortfalls that may be causing unnecessary delays. Where appropriate, a traditional community contribution may not be not required. Most grants are for $1,500 or less, although larger grants may be considered. Applications may be made by individual Volunteers or groups of Volunteers. If you are interested: Talk to your APCD and get their approval first. Then work with Farah Canaán to get your application started. In most cases, proposed projects will have to go through the Peace Corps Small Grants process. In all cases, approval by the Country Director will be required. For more details, look under Programs/Program Support Fund. If you want to explore a grant under the PSF, you should email the chair of FDR's Dominican Committee, Guy Baehr, at DRCommittee AT fotdr.org.