Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR)
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR), is a non-profit group made up primarily of former Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic over the past 54 years. We provide small grants to support projects and programs involving current Peace Corps Volunteers and the Dominican people with whom they work. We do this through two FDR program funds- the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund- supported with donations from our members and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other.
HOW COMMUNITY CHALLENGE FUNDS ARE REQUESTED - The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities in the DR to build basic infrastructure projects, including but not limited to water filtering systems, electrification, cement floors, improved smokeless wood stoves, latrines, schools, libraries, sports courts and economic development projects. CCF provides funding for 10-15 projects a year with a maximum project grant of $4,000. A total of 108 projects have been funded as of 2016. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated.
After the community develops a project scope and budget with the help of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), the PCV works with their Peace Corps country staff to obtain the PC-DR Country Director’s approval of the grant application which is prepared using Peace Corps Partnership application forms. The application is then submitted to FDR’s CCF Program Committee for review and approval. Peace Corps Volunteers oversee disbursement of project funds. For more details, see Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can contact the CCF's Manager, John Epler, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Support Fund Guidelines - The goal of the PSF is to make small (usually under $1,500), but strategic grants to strengthen current Peace Corps programs, make them more effective and to support the efforts of individual volunteers and the people they serve. Previous grants have gone to buy surveying, GPS and pipe threading equipment for use by volunteers; laminating equipment for booklets; to support community training programs; to buy computer equipment to support education programs; and to produce and distribute program materials to new volunteers.
The FDR Dominican Committee is in charge of the Program Support Fund and it is flexible, with a clear application process and straight-forward funding criteria that allow applications from individual volunteers while giving preference to applications that benefit more than one volunteer. The PSF guidelines make it clear that PSF applications must not duplicate projects that qualify for the FDR Community Challenge Fund (CCF). PSF grants should focus on programs that are not related to permanent community infrastructure.
For more information about the new Program Support Fund guidelines, visit the PSF page on our website. You can contact the Dominican Committee Chair by going to DRCommittee@fotdr.org.
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2015 Annual Report
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) is a non-profit corporation created to continue supporting Peace Corps’ work in the Dominican Republic. We summarize our work quite simply:
We are a “cyber-based” membership organization of former and current Dominican Republic Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and supporters. Our members:
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- Raise funds to support the work of current Volunteers in the Dominican Republic,
- Advance the Third Goal of Peace Corps by sharing our knowledge of the Dominican Republic with other Americans, and
- Foster “connectedness” by growing our membership network to provide news and information about Peace Corps DR and encourage participation in and support for our work.