FROG provides financial assistance to grassroots projects in Guyana in the form of small grants of up to $500 USD or less. The Board of Directors reserves the right to fund projects for the full amount requested or partially, based on their assessment of the proposed project.
The FROG Board of Directors requires at least a 10% financial or material contribution from the community served by the grant project. Please indicate this in the grant submission.
Grant Recipient Criteria
The following recipients are eligible to apply for FROG grants.
- The counterpart of a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer who applies at least 6 months prior to their COS date.
- A returned Peace Corps Volunteer who is returning to Guyana to implement a community project.
- A community group or organization.
For a PCV or RPCV to receive a grant from FROG, they must be able to show a community or organizational partnership that will ensure that the project will be sustained after the volunteer’s service has ended.
For an organization or group to receive a grant from FROG, it must:
- Be an apolitical organization with no history of political affiliation.
- Be either a non-governmental organization recognized under Guyana’s Friendly Societies Act (1 Cap 36:04) or a community group, formal or informal.
- Your project is in or about Guyana.
- Not discriminate on the basis of color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability for both its members and the recipients of the organization’s/group’s works.
- Have a positive record of financial accountability.
- Not be involved in any activities deemed illegal by the United States or Guyanese governments.
Grants will be offered to individuals, organizations or groups that meet the above criteria, submit a comprehensive proposal in the format specified by FROG and are selected by the FROG Board of Directors or by a committee appointed by the Board.
Grants are offered for the following activities; culture, health, education, the environment, and economic development:
- Organizational/group capacity building
- Community development projects
The activities must not be of a political nature and must work for the benefit of the whole community or the entire organization/group.
We do not expect the projects funded to be sustainable on their own, but they should be part of a larger, more sustainable plan for the community group/organization. This should be clearly explained in the project proposal.
Grant funds may not exceed USD $500.00 and are sent in the form of a check, money order, or wire transfer depending on the grant amount. The recipient organization will provide FROG a detailed, itemized list of all expenditures for activities, accounting for all spent portions of the grant. Whenever possible, receipts will be obtained. Where receipts were not obtained, a justification will be provided for the lack of the receipts.
Monitoring and Communication
Once a project is funded, the FROG Board of Directors requires regular communication between the project leader and the FROG Project Manager. As communication capabilities vary in the different regions of Guyana, what is considered “regular” will be determined based upon what is feasible for the project leader in Guyana.
Also, all project leaders are encouraged to submit blog posts, photographs, stories, updates, and other communications for FROG to use on its website, Facebook page, newsletter, and other forms of communications.
All activities funded by FROG must contain at least one measurable objective and a procedure to evaluate whether or not that objective has been achieved. If the objective is not achieved, the receiving organization/group must offer a valid explanation as to why. This explanation must be based on evidence gathered through the monitoring and evaluation component(s) of the project.
All activities funded by FROG must include a realistic time schedule. If an activity’s progress is delayed, a valid explanation must be provided as to the delay.
The FROG Board of Directors will oversee all grant recipients and activities. Should transgressions in organization/group criteria, allowed activities, objective achievement, financial accountability, or timeliness occur, FROG reserves the right to refuse grant monies to an organization/group, or demand the return of part or all of the grant funding.
To receive a grant, the organization/group must sign a contract acknowledging these terms. After a grant has been awarded to a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer, FROG will notify Peace Corps Guyana staff the name of the volunteer who received funding and the basic description of the project being implemented. If any issues arise regarding the use of FROG grant money by PCVs, FROG will contact Peace Corps Guyana to act as an intermediary in the matter.