Small Grants Program


small_grants_program_imageBy facilitating the dissemination of new tools and best practices, IDEAL's Small Grants Program aims to engage with the implementation partner community to improve food security programming. The program will release several Request for Applications (RFAs), which will be designed to identify, fund, and grow innovative ideas to benefit both the emergency and development food security community. These awards will provide funding to existing projects to test innovative approaches, strengthen knowledge management systems, and support applied research.

These RFAs will also be broad in scope and 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 conduct 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

Applicant Requirements

Applicants may be U.S. and non-U.S. 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 the specific RFA.

Small Grant Launch Dates

Micro Grant (Fixed Amount Award)
Release: July 2019

Program Improvement Award (Cost-reimbursable)
Release: June - September 2019

Research Award (Cost-reimbursable)
Release: 2020

For questions, contact

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.

* IDEAL, Save the Children Federation, and/or USAID reserves the right to modify or cancel any planned or released RFAs.
Photo Credit: Paul Bettings / Save the Children