Winds of Peace Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Winds of Peace makes grants to close the social and economic gaps in vulnerable Nicaraguan populations.

IP TAKE: Although Winds of Peace does not accept unsolicited LOIs, it does not always award multiple grants to the same organizations. The foundation seems to favor a few groups with multi-year grants, but leaves plenty of room for new grantees.

PROFILE: When Harold and Louise Nielsen began visiting Central America in the late 1970s, they recognized the enormous economic and social disparities among its people. To address these disparities, the Nielsen's established the Winds of Peace Foundation. Since 1978, the foundation seeks to "[a]ddress global problems of poverty, injustice and lack of opportunity, particularly as they exist in Nicaragua" with a particular emphasis on "[w]omen, Indigenous people and the rural poor."

The foundation makes grants through five programmatic areas: Gender Issues, Indigenous People, Rural and Territorial Development, Rural Credit, and Education

The foundation's grantmaking areas include access to leadership and activist opportunities, building global awareness of resource gaps between developed and developing countries, and increasing global awareness of “[t]he realities of poverty, injustice, and violence.”

Winds of Peace grants are relatively modest, generally ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. In addition to grants, Winds of Peace makes program-related investments that typically range from $5,000 to $50,000.  While the foundation maintains a website, this is a relatively low profile funder with a paid staff of just two. The Winds of Peace Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications.  


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