Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Apply for a Community Grant

Giving Philosophy   

Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) is an independent non-profit organization. As part of our mission of supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, we fund community grants twice annually, in the spring and fall. We strive to increase participation in our communities, and to address needs and opportunities consistent with our members’ values. 

Funding: Grants are one time for up to 500 USD. 

Eligibility: Small grants are available to all members of BARPCV. 

Past Award Recipients Include:


When I Grow Up Project: A Higher Education Initiative (Cartagena, Colombia) - An extracurricular course to prepare high school students for the University entrance exams and pay exam fees, with the idea that attending university will help remove students and their families from the cycle of poverty. 

¡Adelante! : Youth Empowerment Center for a Marginalized Mexican Community (Aguascalientes, Mexico) 
- A six week summer program providing at-risk teenagers a safe haven away from influential gang activity and other negative influences, while piquing their interests, goals, and aspirations and using those findings to get students interested in pursuing education, developing skills and making a positive impact in their communities.


    Former grants include:

  • Sukuvi: Community Supported Loans for Togolese Students in Need, Togo. This micro finance project provides community supported, low-interest loans to university bound students in Togo. 

  • Medellin National Science & Technology High School LCD Projector, Philippines - Purchase of an LCD project to enhance the quality of teachers’ lessons, saving significant amounts of time and energy put into lesson preparation, and greatly increasing classroom learning.

  • Beyond The Veil: Who Can Know the Other?, Cambridge, MA - A series of presentations aimed at promoting understanding of Muslim and Middle Eastern cultures.

  • Parent-Child Literacy Project, Chelsea, MA - Parent-child educational activities specifically designed to promote literacy among the participants, often recent immigrants. 

Restrictions: BARPCV does not fund:

  • Academic research

  • Individual scholarships

  • Sponsorships or advertising

  • International travel for applicant

Application Procedures: Individuals wishing to be considered for a grant should submit a written proposal that includes all of the following information:

  • Objectives of the project

  • Plan of action and time frame

  • Qualifications of project stakeholders

  • Budget

  • How the project's success will be determined/measured

Also, please include:

  • Any affiliation the applicant has with BARPCV or any of its affiliates

  • Any potential conflicts of interest applicant may have if grant is approved

  • Other donors or project contributors (if applicable)

Proposals should be approximately 2-3 pages in length.

Application deadlines are October 15 and April 15. E-mail proposals are accepted and preferred. Proposals and requests for information should be directed to

Award Process: The full BARPCV board will review proposals each spring and fall to select which projects to fund. Applicants will be notified via e-mail about their proposal one week prior to Welcome Back/ Send Off events. Ideally, grant recipients would be present at the WBSO events to accept the award. Note: At the Board's discretion, time-sensitive proposals may be reviewed at any monthly BARPCV meeting.

Reporting Process: Award recipients are expected to send a one-page final report at the completion of the project. The report should detail accomplishments and any challenges that might have affected the project. Photos are highly encouraged. Awardees agree to acknowledge BARPCV as a sponsor of their project. The Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are proud to promote the good works of our membership.


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