The mission of NEACOL’s annual grant program is to leverage resources that support social programs and to coordinate efforts that improve the living conditions of Colombian children in need. To this end we have identified three broad areas of social services that are aligned with our mission. 

For 2018, NEACOL will give priority to programs that focus on EDUCATION. You can find a complete description of the process by watching our Webinar video (below).

UPDATE: As of Thursday, July 12th, 2018, we have already completed our pre-selection. All organizations that applied should have received an email with the status of their Application and for those who have been selected, the next deadline is August 10th, 2018, to submit your Extended proposal (details in the email sent).

If you have not received an email, please contact us at


Eligibility is limited to established nonprofit agencies located in Colombia that serve Colombian children. Organizations should be working in the areas of education, health or nutrition.

NEACOL believes that our goals can best be achieved by directing our resources to nonprofit entities that meet certain requirements. Consequently, grants will not be awarded to the following types of applicants and programs:

  • Private individuals
  • Programs that serve children outside of Colombia
  • Programs that serve sectarian or religious purposes
  • Programs that serve political purposes


NEACOL will award grants between $10,000 and $40,000 dollars depending on the scope of project. More than one grant may be awarded during this year. Funding is limited and the grant program is highly competitive.


NEACOL supports organizations that use all reasonable efforts to recruit, hire, train, promote and serve persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where such status is a bona fide qualification for the service being provided and is related to the organization's mission. NEACOL is committed to non-discrimination.

Stand-alone programs within umbrella organizations may be eligible for capacity-building support if they meet the following criteria:

  • The umbrella organization provides the nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, but not much more.
  • The program has a separate budget and must raise its own funds to cover this budget. (The umbrella organization may cover a small proportion of the administrative costs.)
  • There is a letter agreement or memorandum of understanding between the program and the umbrella organization.
  • The program is central to the mission of the umbrella organization and serves a substantial number of its target population.


Applications for grants will be submitted in a two-step process. The first step will be the submission of a Letter of Interest that briefly describes the project. NEACOL will review these letters and select a short list of projects that best meet our organization’s mission and goals.

The second step will be the submission of a more extensive, detailed proposal by the short listed organizations, from which NEACOL will select grant recipients.


Projects will be judged on their ability to help organizations serve children in need. NEACOL seeks to award grants where the amount invested can have an impact that is significant and verifiable. When reviewing grant proposals we will look for the following:

  • The organization must be a legitimate nonprofit charitable organization, such as a 501(c)(3) corporation.
  • The organization must have a sound plan for using the funds to strengthen its capacity to benefit Colombian children.
  • The organization must provide evidence that the grant will help it to secure future funding, support an affiliation, ensure its stability or achieve other benefits.
  • Grant funds are not intended to support annual operating expenses.
  • The proposal will be evaluated on completeness, clarity and conciseness.
  • The organization must provide evidence that the project can reasonably be expected to meet its goals.
  • The grant requested must be consistent with the project’s goals and with the size of the target population that it benefits.
  • Size of the population that the project will benefit.
  • An assessment of project’s impact.

Additional considerations:

  • Potential to increase the impact of the grant by sharing program costs with funds from other sources.
  • References or recommendation from a member of NEACOL. We encourage NEACOL members to advise the organizations in preparing their proposals.


  • Letters of Interest will be received through June 8th, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


  • Does your organization have non-profit status in Colombia or the US? You will be eligible to apply during the next Call for Proposals.

  • An informational webinar for all interested in applying took place on Wednesday. May 23, 2018 @ Noon EST / 11 am Colombia’s time. You can watch the recorded webinar here


The NEACOL Project Committee reviews all preliminary and final applications before it makes funding recommendations to NEACOL's president and Board of Directors. The Board makes final decisions on selection of grantees and amounts of awards.

Our review process takes up to two months to complete. Proposals that do not meet the submission deadline or grant guidelines will be eliminated. These applicants will receive early notification of their rejection. Otherwise, email responses to grant applicants are sent after the Board’s final decisions are made.

+ NEACOL Grant Awards

Grant awardees will be announced at the NEACOL Gala in the Fall 2018.

+ Reporting Requirements

Agencies receiving grants from NEACOL are expected to report on their progress as well as the final impact of the project. An initial report should be submitted within 6 months of implementation, and a second report once all work is completed. The second report should include an impact evaluation of the project as well as a financial statement detailing the expenditure of the grant.

If projects are not complete by the deadline, agencies should submit an Interim Report on their progress and request an extension.

Please watch our Webinar on Reporting guidelines:

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