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Jul 12, 2017

Ten Washington, D.C.-area non profits receive grants to support their creative and social innovation efforts

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide funding for local organizations that offer innovative solutions to challenges faced by local Latin American and Caribbean communities

Ten non-profit organizations whose work focuses mainly on Latin American and Caribbean communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area have been selected to receive “Improving Lives” grants from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Each organization will receive up to $25,000 to support innovative projects aimed at community and economic development, health and well-being, education or the arts. This year the winning organizations are:

  • Brainfood (Washington, DC): Its project, Brainfood Homegrown is a job training program that benefits young adults by training them to build a sustainable enterprise of healthy food products which are now available in 11 local retail outlets.
  • DC Scores (Washington, DC): Harnesses soccer, poetry, and service –learning as vehicles to build skills essential to future academic and professional success: communication, creativity, and initiative.
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.): Its program, Code as a Second Language, provides students with the introductory skill set of web-design and computer programming as the pathway to learn more advanced programming language and skills.
  • Horizons Greater Washington (Washington, D.C.), addresses the achievement gap among low-income Latino students by offering Summer and Saturday Programs that provide a balance of academic subjects (reading, writing, math and humanities) combined with special classes (science, technology, art and music).
  • Identity (Gaithersburg, MD): Youth of Tomorrow supports Latino elementary students who are falling behind in reading while suffering from the effects of unaddressed trauma and lack of access to basic necessities.
  • Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD): Its project: ¡Óyeme! Is a multifaceted collaboration between theatre and social service agencies to improve the lives of young Latin Americans who have escaped violence in their home countries and resettled in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • KID Museum, Inc.(Bethesda, MD): Its program, Maker Studio for Youth, sparks interest and engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through making –whether inventing, coding, building, or tinkering.
  • La Clínica del Pueblo (Hyattsville, MD): Its Improving Health Equity through Language Access project will expand its Language Services program to bring these services to an area where patients are linguistically isolated, helping reduce health disparities and improve the quality and efficiency of health care services.
  • Latino Student Fund (Washington, DC): Te Guio and Listo Programs works with 9th-10th grade youth in cohorts to empower them in both their school and home lives to put them on the path to graduate from high school, enroll in higher education, and enable them to transition to a healthy adulthood.
  • Mil Mujeres (Washington, DC): To support Its initiative “We’ve Got Your Back,” which provides comprehensive “Know Your Rights” outreach and education to the Latin American and Caribbean immigrant community.

The grants are part of the IDB’s 19-year-old Community Relations Program, which is composed of four main areas: corporate philanthropy, volunteerism, in-kind donations and fund-raising campaigns. In 2016 the Bank expanded the reach of its D.C.-focused grants program to include neighboring Virginia and Maryland, and also adjusted its focus to programs that use creative and innovative means to increase their impact. A pro-bono volunteering component was launched to increase engagement with the local community.

This year, the IDB received 53 applications for grants, including 30 from the District of Columbia, 11 from Maryland, and 12 from Virginia.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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