IDEAL Small Grants Program
The IDEAL Small Grants Program aims to identify and address knowledge and capacity gaps in food and nutrition security programming around the world. Emergency and Development Implementing Partners can utilize these small grants to fund and grow innovative 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 innovative approaches, strengthening knowledge management systems, supporting applied research, disseminating new tools and best practices, and more.
The topic areas for the small grants will align with IDEAL’s content focus areas, the USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) Learning Agenda (forthcoming), and implementing partner (IP)-identified gaps and needs. 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.
IDEAL Requests for Applications (RFAs) will be broad in scope and will not require extensive reporting in order to allow implementers of all sizes to generate field-focused solutions that are relevant to their work. In the spirit of IDEAL, we encourage all applicants to fully utilize field staff and small local partners to identify the gaps on the ground, design proposals and implement projects.
Types of Small Grants
Micro Grant ($50,000)
Supports the development of tools or conducting topic-specific learning events
Program Improvement Award ($100,000)
Incentivizes innovation through pilot practices and documentation of learning to improve the quality of program design and implementation
Research Award* ($250,000)
Collects reliable evidence of best practices, potentially partnering with a proven research institution or otherwise engaging research expertise
Applicants may be US and non-US nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), institutions or institutions of higher education 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. Individuals are not eligible to apply. For more details on eligibility requirements, see the eligibility section of each specific RFA.
Grant Release Dates
Micro Grant (Fixed Amount Award)
Released: July 2, 2019
IDEAL Micro Grant Request for Applications (RFA)
Attachment 1: Application Template
Attachment 2: Detailed Budget Template
Attachment 3: Budget Narrative
Attachment 4: USAID Standard Provisions for FAAs for NGOs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document
Program Improvement Award (Cost-reimbursable)
Release: August 2019
Research Award (Cost-reimbursable)
For questions, contact IDEAL_Microgrants@savechildren.org
Note that any questions that are specific to a published RFA will be answered during the open comment and question period. All answers will be published on the RFA webpage.