IDEAL Small Grants Program

The IDEAL Small Grants Program aims to identify and address knowledge and capacity gaps in food and nutrition security programming

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Grants Database

To access our database of awarded IDEAL Small Grants, click the button below. You can search this database using the type of grant, sector type, and geographic location. 

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Emergency and non-emergency implementing partners can utilize these small grants to fund and grow ideas that will benefit the food and nutrition security community.

IDEAL’s small grants can provide funding towards existing projects to leverage opportunities for innovation and learning or they can fund new initiatives. Grants can be used for a number of activities, such as testing new approaches, strengthening knowledge management systems, supporting applied research, organizing events, disseminating new tools and best practices, and more.

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Each IDEAL Small Grant Request for Applications (RFA) will be unique in scope. The topic areas for the small grants will align with IDEAL’s content focus areas, the USAID Food Assistance and Food Security Programmatic Learning Agenda, and the identified gaps and needs from Implementing Partners. The IDEAL Small Grants Program will work in a coordinated and complementary way with the other IDEAL pathways: Capacity Strengthening, Peer-to-Peer Collaborative Learning, and Stakeholder Consultations to develop RFAs, vet applications, and support funded activities.

All grants will be made as sub-awards under the Save the Children US IDEAL cooperative agreement with USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and recipients will be required to follow all relevant USAID rules and regulations. These grants will be made as either Fixed Amount or Cost-Reimbursable sub-awards.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants may be US and non-US non-governmental organizations (NGOs), for-profit organizations, research institutes, or higher education institutions that can contribute to IDEAL’s strategic objective of promoting systems-level approaches to improving the design, implementation, and overall effectiveness of emergency and development food and nutrition security activities. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law and must have a DUNS Number and SAM Registration completed to receive an award. Individuals and governments are not eligible to apply.


In alignment with USAID guidance, only applications for activities that can be completed without increased risks of COVID-19 transmission to community members and implementing staff will be considered at this time. RFAs released after 2019 will require applicants to address how their activity has been adapted to align public health restrictions and infection prevention best practices in their target country of operation.

Types of Grants

Micro Grants

Micro Grants support the development of tools, conducting topic-specific learning events, or funding of practical field-level approaches that address capacity and knowledge gaps in food and nutrition security programming in emergency and development contexts.

Max Amount: $50,000 
Released: July 2, 2019 
Closed: November 1, 2019
Awards Made: 12

Program Improvement Award

Program Improvement Awards support piloting approaches, document learning, development of tools, or other projects that contribute to the improved design, implementation, and overall effectiveness of food and nutrition security programming. IDEAL has released two RFAs for PIAs so far and intends to release at least two more targeted funding opportunities over the course of our activity.

Max Amount: $100,000 
Released: Varies
Closed: Varies
Awards Made: 6

Applied Research Award

Applied Research Awards support research that will advance knowledge and address knowledge gaps around strategic integration (sequencing, layering, and integration) as described in the Food Assistance and Food Security Programmatic Learning Agenda.

Max Amount: $300,000
Released: August 17, 2020
Closed: October 23, 2020          
Awards Made: 3