Impact Grants

The Auerbach Global-Impact Foundation (AGIF) makes grants that predominantly benefit small to medium-sized nonprofits (also called NGOs: Non-Governmental Organizations) around the globe bringing in less than US $3 million annually. Impact Grants will be given to selected NGOs in the United States, Latin America / Caribbean, the Mideast, Africa and Developing Asia, with grants equalized among regions as much as possible. The primary focus of Impact Grants is to support NGOs working with underserved populations and / or in underserved countries.

Eligibility & Exclusions


Your organization must:

  • be bringing in no more than US $3 million in annual revenues;
  • have no ties to terrorist or extremist organizations per US State Department regulations;
  • advocate no hate messages or promote violence in any way; and
  • fall into one or more of the categories below.

Recipients will be in the fields of:

  • STEM Education to support grassroots efforts to advance students, trainees and disadvantaged individuals in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Arts Education (including theatre, music and fine arts)
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Development of critical thinking
  • Women’s rights and equality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Training and job creation
  • Self-empowerment and Leadership Development
  • Housing
  • Medical / healthcare Initiatives
  • Animal preservation and conservation
  • Veterans’ support and programs, and
  • Environment and Environmental Awareness.


The AGIF will not consider funding requests for:

  • Religious proselytizing or promoting a religious agenda, directly or indirectly;
  • Endowments or reserve funds;
  • Debt retirement or operating deficits;
  • Indirect expenses unrelated to the funded project or program;
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events;
  • Propagandizing, lobbying or influencing elections or legislation;
  • Political parties;
  • Groups having a specific political ideology;
  • Projects having no target-community support;
  • Projects based on speculations or assumptions backed by no primary research;
  • Capital raising; and
  • Construction projects or renovations (with varying exceptions. Please contact the Foundation for stipulations).

We also do not fund non-profits with well-established sources of income from large organizations.

In short, we seek to fund NGOs with the vetted needs, management and structure to administer our grants and whose programs maximize the impact on underserved target populations and / or in underserved countries.

What Makes a Strong Proposal?

A strong proposal is ready for review. It should be well beyond the conceptual stage, and have a clear plan, timeline and budget. The proposal should present defined benefits or outcomes and describe why your community supports your goal. Involvement of your Board with cash, in-kind contributions and a community campaign are some indicators of a proposal being ready.

As appropriate, community participation is a primary factor in a proposal being ready. We like to see that (any additional needed) fundraising is significantly underway with your traditional supporters, local businesses, key donors and other foundations.

Challenge, Matching and Duration of Grants

Challenge and matching grants are awarded when the applicant desires to use its leverage as a tool. Grant projects are usually completed by the applicant within 12 months after the AGIF’s approval. However, longer terms may be considered.

Review and Approval

After an initial review of a proposal by our staff, on-site visits and follow-up communications may be appropriate. Large requests are reviewed by our Board of Directors and / or special committee which normally meets monthly. Smaller requests are reviewed and a funding determination is made by senior Foundation staff. Proposals receive a response regarding the outcome of the review or next steps, if any, usually within four to six weeks. Smaller grants (US $5,000 or less) typically can be decided in about three weeks.

Funding Requirements

Grant requestors must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Applicant organizations must have current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or be a national or international government entity, or be an IRS-recognized native tribe, or have official non-profit status from another country’s government;
  2. You may not be a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the US Internal Revenue Code or in another country’s tax code;
  3. You must document significant collaboration and community support (as evidenced by in-kind or cash contributions from local and regional sources, or another equivalent);
  4. For large grants, your requests may cover no more than one half of the total project cost, except for Capacity Building Grants;
  5. You must not be delinquent in filing final reports for previous grants from the AGIF;
  6. You may not be currently receiving other grant funds from the AGIF, except for Capacity Building Grants; and
  7. If your organization has received prior funding from the AGIF, you must wait 12 months after the completion of the prior grant before applying again for support, except for Capacity Building Grants.

Preparing your Grant Application

General Information for ALL applications:

Organization information

  • Your government tax registration number
  • Organization’s name
  • Organization’s address, phone(s), fax (if any), and website
  • Date of inception
  • Mission statement
  • Number of paid full-time staff and paid part-time staff
  • Number of volunteers per year.

Contact information

  • NGO Director’s information: Name, title, email, and direct phone or extension (if any) and mobile phone; and
  • Grant requestor’s or primary contact’s information: Name, title, email, postal address, office phone and mobile phone.

Project Description

  • Project Title
  • Primary geographic area and population served.

Budget & Timeline

  • Total project budget
  • Requested amount
  • Percentage for this request of the total project budget
  • Project start and end dates. If the project is open-ended (such as a goal to expand into X over three to four years), please specify.

The AGIF Impact Grant Application Questions

Please answer as much as possible and contact us with any questions or concerns.

  1. Please describe the goal of your organization, your main programs or activities, your organization’s most important accomplishments / outcomes, and its uniqueness.
  2. If your organization serves or works with youth (anyone up to age 18), please include the following, as appropriate:
    1. specific steps your organization takes to guard against harm occurring to the youth (ages 0-18) you serve;
    2. a description of activities related to staff and / or volunteer screening, orientation, training and supervision;
    3. program and /or activity design;
    4. facility safety; and
    5. case management, and reporting / investigation of incidents or allegations.
  3. Please describe your proposed project or program, including the following:
    1. The specific goals, outcomes and measures of success;
    2. Why this project is important for your community, region, state / province, and / or country;
    3. Any outside research or evidence to support your goals; and
    4. The population that will benefit, defined by race / ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status and / or location, if and as appropriate.
  4. Explain why your organization qualifies to do the work you are proposing. Please include:
    1. The project / program leader and his / her relevant background;
    2. How this project fits within your NGO’s strategic or business plan;
    3. What the grant funds will allow you to do differently or more effectively;
    4. The impact of your project on your NGO or your target population; and
    5. Any other organizations or individuals collaborating in this endeavor.
  5. Please describe the finances and budget for the proposed work:
    1. How the grant funds will be used;
    2. Timeline of when funds are needed;
    3. Evidence of community support for and engagement in the program or organization;
    4. Other funders, including those active or applied to;
    5. Your plan for project or program sustainability. Please include:
      • Budget;
      • Amount raised from other sources (if any); and
      • On-site plans or people to ensure its ongoing success.
  6. Please also provide your NGO’s
    • Audited Financial Statements for past two years (or the most recent); and
    • Board of Directors’ names, locations and employers.
  7. Please describe (or restate) the short-term or long-term impact you feel our grant would make for your proposed project or program (up to 300 words).
  8. If we arrived unannounced for a site visit mid-way through your timeline to evaluate your usage of our donors’ funds, what should we expect to see? (up to 300 words).