Development and research projects that can lead to the improving of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in low-income countries can receive grants from between $50,000 and $100,000 from the Alive & Thrive (A&T) Small Grants Program. “Grant activities can include formal research studies, development and evaluation of pilot programmes, operational research, testing of novel public-private partnerships, evaluation of various approaches to removing obstacles to improved IYCF at the country level, and related work. Add-ons to ongoing larger projects are allowable.” However, all grant applications need to specify as to how the project will achieve success.
NGOs which have prior experience and demonstrate commitment towards activities related to IYCF should apply for this grant opportunity. Although a coalition of organizations can also apply, the lead organization should fit the eligibility criteria with experience and efficiency in implementing the project.
The application process begins with the submission of the Letter of Interest (LOI) by the applicant. During the first stage, the LOIs will be reviewed and selected applicants will be requested for full proposals. Application forms and proposals can be submitted by email. The deadline for submitting the LOI is 14 September 2009. For more information and to email the LOI along with the covering letter, applicants can be emailed at [email protected] or at this mailing address: Kathryn G. Dewey, PhD, Chair, Technical Advisory Group, Alive & Thrive Initiative; Alive & Thrive (A&T) Small Grants Program, Director, Program in International and Community Nutrition, University of California, Davis CA, 5616, United States.