Eligibility requirements

Only projects that are already in the execution stage can participate; new projects or ideas that have not been implemented will not be considered.

Only projects that are being carried out in Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic will be accepted.

Submitted projects must be not-for-profit community initiatives.

Financial contribution can’t be used for wages, salaries, marginal benefits, or travel expenses.

The submitted budgets must be for the project presented, not for other uses or products of the organization that submits it.

The submitted proposal must specify the direct use for which the economic contribution will be used.

For the 2020 edition, only projects among our past winners from 2014-2018 editions, that have current and valid projects, and which can demonstrate their project reinvention amidst the pandemic world reality, will be considered.

Evaluation process

The jury will award a score between 1-5 to each criterion, taking into consideration the following standards:

  • Utility and practicality
  • Financial need
  • Multiplying effect
  • Reinvention capability

The jury will award a score between 1-5 to each criterion, taking into consideration the following qualifiers:

  • Poor
  • Regular
  • Good
  • Very good
  • Excellent

The jury will select projects with the highest scores as finalists.

Projects that do not correspond to the listed categories will be disqualified from the evaluation.

The jury has the power to call the proponents of the project for a virtual interview, or to request additional information or any supplementary documents.

The proponent that does not answer the questions or does not deliver the requested material in the time required by the jury will be disqualified from the evaluation process.

The jury will have the power to award the amount of the grant that, to its better judgment, is necessary for the selected projects, regardless of the amount that the proponents have indicated in the application form.

The jury will have the power to award 50% of the approved grant for a project when announcing the winners and the remaining 50%, six months after the announcement, once the proponent has submitted the corresponding progress report.

If a member of the jury is found to have a conflict of interest with a submitted project, the juror will refrain from evaluating that project and will be replaced by an alternate jury, if necessary.

The decisions of the jury will be final.


The materials submitted for the jury’s consideration will not be returned and will become the property of Ford’s offices for Central America and the Caribbean.

By submitting their project, the proponents authorize the use of the information and images provided for unrestricted news and promotional uses by Ford’s offices for Central America and the Caribbean.

Proponents of the winning projects receiving the financial contribution from Ford Environmental Grants, commit to:

  • Submit the provided progress report form six (6) months after receiving the contribution.
  • Submit the provided progress report form one (1) year after receiving the contribution.
  • Provide written or graphic documentation requested to show the progress of the project.
  • Fill out a liability release authorizing Ford to use the materials submitted, information and images about their project for unrestricted dissemination in different mass and social media.
  • Participate in interviews and efforts to disseminate information about their project to be requested in prior coordination with Ford.
  • Participate in at least one webinar or conference for educational purposes where they will present details about the impact of their project on environmental conservation.
  • Use the Ford Environmental Grants logo in project materials during the following year after receiving the contribution, with prior written authorization from the Ford offices for Central America and the Caribbean.