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Latin America Program Open Society Foundation , Western Hemisphere

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Latin America Program

Open Society Foundation , Western Hemisphere

Type: Project Grants
Expiration: August 21, 2014


Grant Description

The Open Society Latin America Program works to strengthen democratic governance by fostering open societies that are safe, inclusive, and responsive to their citizens’ needs and aspirations. The program believes in the need for a vibrant civil society that holds government accountable. It encourages the participation of Latin Americans in global and regional debates on issues of vital importance to their countries, such as citizen security, accountability and transparency, and the defense of human rights.

Through grantmaking and advocacy efforts, the Latin America Program supports the work of civil society organizations and their constructive engagement in the development, implementation, and oversight of public policies. The program counterparts are NGOs, grassroots networks, and applied research and training organizations.

The program’s strategy includes a concentrated resource approach to priority countries (Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela) in addition to support for strategic regional initiatives in areas of thematic focus. Key focus areas include:

accountability, transparency, and access to information
citizen security
human rights
policy debate and dialogue
The program works closely with the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté in Haiti. It also collaborates with other Open Society programs, such as the Information Program, Global Drug Policy Program, Media Program, and the Open Society Justice Initiative.

Grant Requirements

To apply for a grant from the program, please send a one- to two-page letter of inquiry to latinamerica@opensocietyfoundations.org. Your letter should include a paragraph about your organization and its mission, a description of the project, including a brief summary of the main objectives and proposed strategies of the project, the total amount of support being sought for the project, and the proposed duration of the project.

The Latin America Program makes every effort to review letters of inquiry within six weeks. If you have not received a response from us after that time, please assume that your letter of inquiry is not being considered. Only those inquiries that staff members consider will receive a response. Please note that the program rarely funds unsolicited proposals.


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