Grants & Grantees


The Foundation has three grant categories that provide access to funding, help build capacity, and empower nonprofits, all with the goal of expanding access to medicine and nutrition which ultimately improves wellbeing for the most vulnerable individuals in and from Venezuela.

Baylor College of Medicine Tropical Medicine Diploma Scholarships

The Simón Bolivar Foundation, in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine is offering to fund up to seven scholarships to medical professionals working in Venezuela for a world-class Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine from Baylor’s National School of Tropical Medicine.

La Fundación Academia Nacional de Medicina Francisco Antonio Rísquez (FANM) in Venezuela will play a key role in assisting the Foundation with the dissemination of information to potential scholarship candidates in the country and the development of an objective process to identify qualified candidates to be recommended to apply for a scholarship to Baylor College of Medicine for a Diploma in the Tropical Medicine program.

The Tropical Medicine program is an intensive non-degree online program designed for physicians, consisting of four modules addressing Epidemiology, Public Health, Tropical Bacteriology and Virology, Tropical Parasitology and Mycology and Application of Travel and Tropical Medicine via webinars, in four months. This program will develop skills needed for health care professionals to work in the tropical medicine field and will prepare them to sit for the CTropMed®--Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health.

Candidates must submit their application, including the requirements that will be required for the final application to Baylor, to the FANM via email at no later than April 30, 2022.

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Integral Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Grant Program

The grant application process is open to all U.S. 501(c)(3) charitable organizations or international charitable organizations qualified as the equivalent of a U.S. public charity, or local organizations with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, that have demonstrated the capacity to work with projects of over $150,000 in Venezuela focused on maternal health, neonatal health and child health.

The grant application process includes a two-step process. First, the organization will present a concept note and other required information to be submitted via email. Then the Foundation will review the information and select candidates that will be notified and invited to present a full project grant proposal. The grant application period ends on April 22, 2022. Selected candidates will be notified on May 9, 2022, and will have until May 31, 2022, to submit their full grant proposal. Pre-approval letters will be sent by June 17, 2022.

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Small grants

Empowering local nonprofit organizations working to help vulnerable people and those affected by the complex humanitarian emergency in Venezuela by:

  • Increasing access to medicines and health-care services;
  • Improving health professionals' capabilities to serve and treat patients through education and support;
  • Supporting educational, preventive health care, nutrition, and well-being initiatives;
  • Increasing nonprofits' skills and knowledge to better serve their beneficiaries; and
  • Prioritizing projects that help children and address maternal health issues.

View Small Grants Guidelines
View COVID-19 Small Grants Guidelines
View Hoy Invita Simón Program Guidelines

Humanitarian Health
Medium/Large Grants

This program focuses on helping address the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis through initiatives that improve access to medicines, nutrition, and healthcare for low income and vulnerable individuals and populations. Grants are larger than $50,000 and awards are considered strategic partnerships, limited to U.S. registered 501 (c)(3) organizations or fiscal sponsors with a long-standing presence and demonstrated capacity to perform projects in Venezuela or in the region. Selected organizations are invited to present proposals that are evaluated by an independent Community Advisory Board based on the criteria below.

  • Meets the Foundation objectives
  • Budget and Cost-effectiveness
  • Project design/plan
  • Project impact
  • Implementation time frame
  • Sustainability over time

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View Humanitarian Health Relief Grant Guidelines View Neonatal and Child Health Grant Program Guidelines

Knowledge Transfer Medium/Large Grants

This program aims to enhance the capacity of medical professionals and caregivers to serve and treat patients in Venezuela through training in nutrition, global health practices, and disaster medicine. Additionally, this grant category will help retain doctors in Venezuela and improve infrastructure of medical training facilities.

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View Tropical Medicine Diploma Scholarship Guidelines

Past Grants & Grantees

Health Projects for Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia

Given the continuing impact generated by the Venezuelan Complex Humanitarian Emergency in the Americas, in 2021 a total amount of $663,325 was awarded to support four charity projects that will help improve the health conditions of Venezuelan migrants and caminantes (migrants traveling partially or totally on foot) in Colombia.

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Small Grants (First Round)

During our first round of Small Grants, the Foundation awarded six grants totaling $100,000 to nonprofits that expand access to medicine, health care services, and health education to vulnerable individuals in and from Venezuela.

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COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Emergency Relief Fund was activated at the end of March 2020 in response to additional challenges brought about by COVID-19 within the existing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

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COVID-19 Small Grants

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Foundation launched a special round of small grants that specifically help alleviate the damaging effects of the pandemic in Venezuela in the midst of a deteriorating public health system.

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“Hoy Invita Simón” Small Grant Food Program

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Simón Bolívar Foundation has undertaken several initiatives that can help alleviate the effect of this disease in and out of Venezuela.

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Humanitarian Health Medium/Large Grants

In 2020, the Foundation identified large organizations with presence and demonstrated capacity to perform operations in Latinamerica and awarded several grants. The first completed project provided food assistance to approximately 36,000 Venezuelan migrants in Bogotá and Cúcuta, Colombia.