What we fund: EMpower supports locally-led programs to improve the lives of at-risk youth through education, health and well-being, livelihoods, all while incorporating 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.

Who we fund: Grantee partners are local (or occasionally national) non-governmental organizations with a track record of effective work and an interest in working with youth, a clear sense of mission and vision, and a strong commitment to, knowledge of, and respect in the communities in which they operate. We look to fund groups that:

  • Have strong leadership and effective, dedicated staff 
  • Employ approaches shown to meet their community’s needs and propose a feasible strategy for working with youth
  • Commit to and implement good practices to meaningfully engage youth, empower youth and enhance their skills, and provide gender-sensitive programming
  • Have an appetite for learning and to measure results and apply learnings
  • Have diversified funding (EMpower funding would be < 33% of its overall budget) and an organizational budget between $70,000 and $3 M per year.
  • Demonstrate potential for and interest in scale, partnerships and other ways to positively impact the environment for youth

Where we fund:  Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru); Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa); East/Southeast Asia (China, Philippines, Vietnam); India; Russia; Turkey.

How long do we fund: Grants are generally for 12 months, with the opportunity for renewal if results are produced and our missions continue to align. After several years of successful results, partners are invited for multiyear funding. The maximum duration of EMpower funding is 10 years.

 What we do not support:

  • Emergency or disaster relief alone 
  • Land acquisition or construction of new buildings
  • Applicants for or programs focused on scholarships, stipends, or conferences
  • Activities focused on students in university or other post-secondary education
  • Programmes promoting religious beliefs
  • Lobbying: attempts to influence the outcome of political campaigns by candidates for public office. 
  • Research or treatment of specific diseases; programs focused on direct health care delivery in hospitals/clinics
  • Deficit reduction
  • Institutions that, in policy or in practice, discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, physical ability or sexual orientation