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Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund)

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The Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) supports young leaders in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico, in designing and implementing projects to improve the lives of local youth and their communities.

To learn more, please visit: www.camyfund.org

About the Fund:

SIF is pleased to announce the launch of the Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund), a new fund providing grant support to projects led by local young adult leaders (aged 18-35) in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico.

The CAMY Fund, supported and administered by the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) in partnership with the Summit Foundation, is expected to invest more than $1 million over the next five years. This new fund is a vehicle for donors and others to support work in Central America and Mexico that is led by youth, for the benefit of youth. Young people have the innovative ideas, the energy, and the passion necessary to improve their own lives. What they need is a catalyst to bring all their ideas to fruition. The CAMY Fund provides critical financial support and technical assistance to young leaders to turn those fresh ideas into reality, helping young people to lead their peers to build better lives.

This fund is made possible by the generous support of The Summit Foundation (Summit) based in Washington D.C., and builds upon Summit’s ten-year investment in youth leadership development focused on adolescent SRHR in the region. “We are pleased to partner with Summit to provide youth in Central America with the support they need to address these challenges and transform their communities,” said Mauricio Vivero, CEO of SIF.

“Summit has learned from our previous investments that young people have untapped potential to help their communities and nations, particularly on intractable issues like gender inequality that touch them directly. We hope this new initiative will seed projects that demonstrate impact and encourage scaling and adaptation,” said Kathy Hall, Senior Program Officer at the Summit Foundation. This partnership demonstrates SIF and Summit’s commitment to investing in youth leadership throughout Central America to create agents of change and break barriers to gender equality and opportunities for adolescent girls.

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How to Apply:

The CAMY Fund is currently seeking proposals from young leaders working in Guatemala and Honduras to address the following issues 1) child/early marriage and 2) secondary school retention among girls. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for this first round in 2015 is February 6, 2015.​ Organizations can apply for up to $35,000 USD during this current grantmaking round. Although this round is limited to Guatemala and Honduras, CAMY Fund will be seeking proposals from organizations working in Belize and Quintana Roo, Mexico as well later this year. 

To review the entire Request for Proposals (RFP), including eligibility criteria and instructions on how to submit an EOI, please click here. 

2015 CAMY Fund Grantees:

The CAMY Fund’s first cohort of grantees is an impressive group of youth-led projects that advance girls’ equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. Grants awarded this cycle range from $30,000 to $35,000.

For More Information:

For more information about the CAMY Fund, please contact: 


Emily Barcklow D’Amica
Senior Program Officer 
(+52 55) 67 24 01 28
ebarcklow@seaif.org

Max Savishinsky

Managing Director

(206) 547-9335

max@seaif.org

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