EMpower supports locally-led programs to improve the lives of at-risk youth through education, health and well-being, livelihoods, and leadership and community engagement. We generally support the strengthening of service-related activities and organizational capacity-building. We fund programs for youth, ages 10-24, because investments at this stage are critical to their transition to safe, productive adulthoods, and because of their demographic importance in EM countries.
- Grantee partners are local (or occasionally national) non-governmental organizations in EM countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam) with a track record of effective work with young people, clear sense of mission and vision, and a strong commitment to, knowledge of, and respect in the communities in which they operate
- Partners employ approaches shown to meet their community’s needs, and propose a feasible strategy for work with youth that builds on such past work
- Strong leadership and effective, dedicated staff are in place
- There is youth development capacity: uptake of recommended good practices to empower and skill youth, meaningful engagement of youth, and gender-sensitive programming
- There is an appetite for learning, and to measure results and apply learnings
- The organization has diversified funding (our funding would be < 33% of its overall budget) and an organizational budget between $80,000 and $ 2 M per year.
EMpower does not support:
- Emergency or disaster relief alone
- Applicants for or programs focused on scholarships, stipends, conferences
- Activities focused on students in university or other post-secondary education
- Programs promoting religious beliefs
- Lobbying: attempts to influence the outcome of political campaigns by candidates for public office. Advocacy for specific legislation favourable to youth development is supported under limited circumstances.
- Programs focused on specific diseases; hospitals, clinics or direct health care delivery
- Land acquisition or construction of new buildings
- Deficit reduction
- Institutions that, in policy or in practice, discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, physical ability or sexual orientation
DUE TO INCREASED INTEREST IN FUNDING FROM EMPOWER, WE NO LONGER ACCEPT UNSOLICITED LETTERS OF INQUIRY OR PROPOSALS.
 living in conditions of poverty and often facing other forms of discrimination or exclusion