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Improving Lives Grant 2023

Improving Lives Grant 2023

A group of young childs smiling. Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
The Call

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or Bank) is looking to identify ten (10) of the most compelling initiatives that focus on addressing the challenges and/or needs of the Latin American and/or Caribbean communities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (WDC area), and award the nonprofit organizations implementing those initiatives with a grant (Grant, collectively, Grants) of up to $25,000 (twenty-five thousand United States of America dollars) each, subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the Improving Lives Grant Guidelines.

The schedule 
  • Application period is now closed.   
  • Decisions will be announced in December 2023  
  • Period of execution: 10 months
Requirements for eligibility

Participating organizations must:

  • be classified as nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) or Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code; 
  • be registered and operating within the WDC area*; and
  • have at least three (3) years of legal existence. 
*This area includes the District of Columbia, Maryland (Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties) and Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudon Counties).
2022 winners  
  • Barbara Chambers Children’s Center - provides childhood development services and English-Spanish education for young children and their families.
  •  CARECEN - works to foster the development of the area’s Latino population by facilitating the integration of immigrants into their communities.
  • CentroNía - offers early-childhood education, professional development, and family-support services to more than 2,500 children and families.
  • Community Bridges - empowers immigrant and minority girls to become exceptional students, leaders, and healthy young women.
  • Edu-Futuro - supports immigrant and underserved youth through mentorship, education, leadership development and parent engagement.
  • KID Museum - engages populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields to build economic opportunity and diversify the talent pipeline.
  • La Clínica del Pueblo - strives to build a healthy Latino community through varied and culturally appropriate health services.
  • La Cocina VA - harnesses the power of food and cooking to create social and economic change in low-income communities.
  • Latin American Youth Center - promotes a successful transition to adulthood through programs addressing social, academic and career needs.
  • Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care, Inc. - integrates healthcare, education, and social services to advance participants’ health, stability, and economic independence. 



IDB Community Relations Program seeks to contribute to Improving Lives within the Latin America and Caribbean communities in the Washington, D.C. area by supporting local nonprofit organizations through grants, volunteerism, in-kind donations, and fundraising campaigns. For more information, please contact 

Projects in Countries

Learn about the diverse projects and initiatives we support working for sustainable and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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Grants are non-reimbursable funds provided for technical cooperation programs. Some grants may be repaid to the IDB if the program eventually obtains a loan, either from the Bank itself or another source.

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