CfC:globalWe partner with sustainable organizations with a long-term commitment and a solid track record of service within their respective communities.
CfC is currently accepting applications for CfC:global projects that will begin after the first quarter of 2017.
What is CfC:global?
Our job is to build infrastructure, but the true measurement of our impact is how the community utilizes that facility to address poverty. We build for partner organizations who work to create opportunity by providing access to healthcare, education, food security and economic empowerment opportunities in some of the poorest regions of the world. Partners must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have the equivalent status in their home country, and have established partnerships with public institutions. Our current partners provide the following services to their communities:
- Healthcare & Health Education
- Education & Literacy
- Food Security & Agricultural Development
- Microfinance Opportunity
- Economic Empowerment Opportunity
Who is eligible?
Any organization that empowers locals, improves living conditions and develops potential, is an organization we want to work with. We determine which projects we can support based on information provided in project applications. This includes, but is not limited to organizational history, community needs assessment, current programming, sustainable commitment of the organization, financial diligence and the future impact. We work with organizations that have a clear vision of community development from the ground up, have systems in place that will be sustainable over time, and have personnel who are passionate about working with the community. It is critical that our partners can maintain the buildings we construct, and that they use said building(s) to implement the identified community development initiatives.
If you your organization fits the above description and you are wondering if you should apply, this is a great filter. Do you have each of these items checked off your list?
- Must be an established nonprofit or nongovernmental organization (501c3 or equivalent in another country)
- Must own or have a long-term lease on designated land where the facility will be located
- Must use the facility to address poverty through providing access to healthcare, education and economic development
- Recommended to have over 75% of project funds raised, or be able to provide detailed information about how fundraising will be achieved
- exceptions to this are 30/30 Project applicants who are applying for a portion of project funds
What is required to partner with CfC?
Before our Global Partnership Development team can consider your application, partner organizations must own the land or have a long-term lease where the facility will be located and be able to provide a land deed or proof of ownership. Also, it is highly recommended that the partner organization has already raised at least 75% of total project costs (50% for 30/30 Projects) prior to submitting an application to CfC.
What does CfC provide for partners?
CfC can provide full pre-construction and construction management services, design and and/or design consultation, and on-site construction training and eduction. Every project will have one to two CfC volunteer project managers who live in the community for the duration of the project. They manage all of the construction with an emphasis on cost, quality controls, and training local residents new skills and trades. These services are available to all partners at a fraction of typical construction management costs. On an annual basis, one project is chosen to receive construction financing, awarded at our May Banquet.
What does the 30/30 Project provide for partners?
The 30/30 Project is a multi-year Construction for Change initiative dedicated to global healthcare access. The 30/30 Project can provide funding, up to 50% of a project budget, as well as funding for construction management through Construction for Change.
What types of projects do we build?
We give priority to medical facilities, schools and economic empowerment centers because of the people impacted and the direct result on improving quality of life for the people they serve. While we will consider other building projects, the facility must be used to advance healthcare, education and economic development in low-income communities.
Where do we build?
We generally build projects in low-income countries or in communities in middle-income countries with high levels of poverty. To a lesser extent, we carry out smaller-scale projects (e.g. rehabilitation projects) in the Northwest region of the United States. Otherwise, we have no geographical preference, we want to build where these critical facilities are needed most.
How much do projects cost?
Most projects cost on average $25-$35 USD per square foot. Range of cost sharing between CfC and partnering organizations vary but the average total project size in the past has ranged from $50,000 to $200,000 USD. Higher cost projects are welcome, provided that the funding is available.
What does CfC fund?
Construction for Change will provide a project funding grant to one organization annually. This funding, called the CfC Banquet Grant, is awarded each May. The application cutoff for the 2018 CfC Banquet Grant consideration is December 31, 2017.
The 30/30 Project is able to provide a construction financing grant of up to 50% of building costs up to $100,000. Project costs include building materials and labor. Project management costs are in addition to project budget. Please note that CfC and the 30/30 Project do not provide funding for the following:
- Contractor fees
- Non-construction staff
- Operating costs
Who builds the projects and where do materials come from?
While all projects are managed by CfC volunteer project managers throughout the duration of the project, the actual construction work is carried out by paid local construction workers and community residents. We strive to utilize local materials and methods in our building projects while ensuring that they are structurally sound and show significant improvements relative to existing structures in the local community. In rare instances where local materials cannot meet the required standard of quality, we may require some materials to be imported.