Inter-American Foundation and USAID Launch Joint Initiative to Foster Caribbean Disaster Resilience

At a meeting of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Working Group on Friday, July 10, the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) announced a $5 million initiative to strengthen community-led disaster preparedness, for which U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $1 million.

Frequent and intensifying natural disasters over the past decade have disrupted small island nations’ infrastructure and major industries. The joint initiative, Building Community Resilience in the Eastern & Southern Caribbean, will ensure that U.S. foreign assistance reaches communities most vulnerable to natural disaster throughout the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. The IAF will leverage community strengths in preparing for and recovering from natural disasters by channeling direct, flexible funding to grassroots organizations and mobilizing matching local resources—typically more than $1.50 for every $1 provided by the IAF in this region. Grassroots and community-based organizations in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean can apply for funding via the IAF website at

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is a nimble and transformative U.S. government agency that invests in community-led development across Latin America and the Caribbean. The agency directly engages local leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in underserved areas to create more prosperous, peaceful, and democratic communities. The IAF’s active portfolio includes more than 300 projects in 24 countries. For more information about the IAF, visit or contact: Rebecca Nelson, Media Liaison | Email: | Telephone: +1 (202) 683-7188

USAID leads the United States Government’s international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance. For more information about USAID’s work in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, visit