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IDB Announces Winners of the Improving Lives Grant

Ten community organizations in the greater Washington, D.C. area will receive $25,000 each for their services benefitting low-income members of the local Latin American and Caribbean community.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the names of the 10 organizations that won the 2021 edition of the IDB’s Improving Lives Grant, which is part of the Bank’s Community Relations Program. In addition to the $25,000 grant, the award includes support from IDB employees who volunteer their time and skills in areas including communications, accounting, impact evaluations, management, interpretation services, legal aid and mentoring.

“Our Community Relations Program is a platform that allows us to partner with excellent organizations here in the DC area that are improving lives of Latin American and Caribbean people at the local level. I’m always inspired by the work they do, and the services they offer, especially these last two years of the pandemic. We are honored to partner with them and recognize the work of the ten winners,” said IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone.

The winners were selected through a two-stage process that prioritized organizations whose proposals showed they have adapted their services to address challenges imposed by the pandemic. The evaluation committee included experts in philanthropy and members of the IDB’s senior management team.

The organizations, which are named below, provide services including after school programs, enrichment and tutoring services, food and emergency housing, legal aid, and access to both health care and maternal and infant care.

The IDB established its Community Relations Program in 1999 to show appreciation for the city that hosts the Bank’s headquarters and to be a platform for supporting organizations that serve the local Latino and Caribbean community. The Program supports the work of these organizations through grants, volunteerism, in-kind donations, and fundraising campaigns.

The winners of the 2021 Community Relations Program Grant are:

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.


Alvarez-Rodriguez,Isabel M.

Alvarez-Rodriguez,Isabel M.
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