Are you from the Chicago area or NW Indiana? Do you have a great sustainable project that needs some additional support? Well CAPCA has something for you!! Chicago Area Peace Corps Association (CAPCA) — an organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in the Chicago area — offers financial support to current Peace Corps Volunteers who are working on projects that meet one of PC’s three goals.
In the past year, we have funded two Peace Corps Partnership Projects, including one that built solar panels at a school in rural Malawi which received $5,047 in CAPCA funds. The panels will allow the school to have a less expensive power source to run its computers and therefore allow staff to type and print exams and teach students basic computer skills. Another project received $3,292 to build a water irrigation system in a village in Senegal, which will allow farmers to extend their growing season.
THe CAPCA Grant Committee reviews and considers each proposal submitted. We consider requests on a rolling basis. Here are some guidelines in our selection:
- CAPCA can only consider approved Peace Corps Partnership Grant proposals for funding
- Project must have community contribution of at least 25%.
- Priority is given to projects that support grassroots development, community participation, and sustainability.
- Project must be approved by Country Director.
- Currently there is no funding minimum or maximum.
If you are interested in CAPCA assistance with your project, please submit your project proposal (See attached document). Once your grant proposal is received, it will be reviewed and presented to CAPCA board. If we have any concerns or questions we will try to reach the PCV and his/her liaison contact. Once approved, PCV will be notified and funds will be sent to the PCV.
If you are a currently serving PCV interested in CAPCA support for you and your community’s project, please contact CAPCA Grants Coordinator Marcy Huttas at firstname.lastname@example.org orCAPCA Grants Committee
P.O. Box 1149
Chicago, Illinois 60690
Please send us your project proposal (per the document link below or by emailing us your approved PCPP form) and the signed accountability statement (per the document link below). Your PCPP will be reviewed and presented to the CAPCA board. If we have any concerns or questions we will contact you or an appointed liaison.
PCVs will be notified regarding grant status, and funds for approved PCPP grants will be sent to your post via the PCPP process. Please note that we can only consider PCPP grants that have been approved by both your Peace Corps Post and Peace Corps headquarters and are posted on the Peace Corps website.