Train NGO Staff in Grant Writing & Fundraising Strategies


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

The mission of Paraguay Emprende is to respond to the real needs of Paraguayan entrepreneurs. These include acquiring practical tools for creating businesses, information and guidance for better time and money management during the business formation process, and information and experiences for obtaining and maintaining funds for the creation of the business. The Asociación Paraguay Emprende’s principal focus in 2021 was offering courses on the creation of business plans, covering topics such as marketing, strategic plans, merchandising, finance, accounting, ethics and public speaking. These courses are offered to any adult (18+ years old) with an interest in gaining entrepreneurship skills, and are currently being conducted in a virtual classroom. In order to fulfill its mission, Paraguay Emprende requires funds to cover operation costs that will allow them to offer new educational products that achieve a larger audience throughout the country.

Paraguay Emprende has previously collaborated with Virtual Service Pilot Participants (VSPPs) on creating virtual teaching manuals, suggestions for increasing teacher/student interaction and on ways to increase participant commitment to finish the course. They also have a long history of collaborating with on-the-ground Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), having been founded as an organization with support from PCVs and PC/Paraguay staff.

As a non-profit organization, Paraguay Emprende depends on voluntary contributions and financial support from a variety of sources. The organization is seeking to strengthen their ability to apply for, and receive, grants from international and national donors, as well as to create an independent stream of financial resources through other voluntary contributions, such as membership fees or sponsorships.

In 2022, Paraguay Emprende is again requesting support from VSPPs to collaborate on the creation of strategies, techniques and/or tools for grant writing and fundraising from public or private sources, which will support the sustainability of the organization.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPPs will engage in the following tasks in collaboration with Host Country Partners:
-Co-assess the organization’s previous and current grant and fundraising strategies, identifying areas of opportunity that will inform future strategy
-Provide support, through one-on-one or small group guided learning activities, for staff that seeks to further develop their grant writing skills
-Co-design a grant development and management strategy (focusing on national and international grant opportunities), measureable through the amount of grant funding obtained
-Co-design fundraising campaigns that focus on membership fees, donors, sponsorships and other voluntary financial contributions, measureable through the amount of non-grant funding obtained

This engagement is expected to be approximately 24 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, Paraguay time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, email, and WhatsApp for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

Language: Intermediate Spanish

Experience: Experience with grant management and fundraising development for nonprofits

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, marketing, advertising, communications or related field

Technical Skills:
-Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
-Understanding of entrepreneurship in a Paraguayan context

Language: Advanced Spanish

-Experience in brand marketing and/or advertising
-Experience developing and implementing membership/customer loyalty programs
-Experience working with entrepreneurs
-Experience working in philanthropy
-Experience with strategic planning

Partner background

Name: Asociación Paraguay Emprende

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

To inspire entrepreneurial spirit in Paraguay’s youth, to install technical capacity for the start-up and support of successful and sustainable business, and to provide opportunities for professional development within the organization through in-person and virtual education.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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