What should you keep in mind before you start?

Make sure you read the instructions and the following information before you begin.

A grant awarded by the Foundation is not a donation and must go towards a project and a partner who is responsible for implementing it.

In the event that your idea is eligible:

  • make sure that you have a Canadian religious community or a Canadian organization who will act as an agent. Click HERE for the definition of an agent.
  • make sure that the agent is aware of and accepts the responsibilities associated with this role.

Our Criteria

When reviewing grant applications, the Roncalli International Foundation gives priority to project proposals that: 
  • Are presented by a religious community or an organisation; personal requests are not eligible;
  • Will be implemented in a developing country helped by the Roncalli International Foundation;
  • Have goals that are appropriate for the area;
  • Guarantee continuity and multiplier effects; 
  • Have the potential for increased participation, participant empowerment and auto-evaluation by the community; 
  • Empower women;
  • Draw on resources and services from the area and other organizations;
  • Are achievable within a set timeframe;  
  • Show a relationship between the value and importance of the project and its implementation and administration costs;  
  • Are submitted by an organization that is recognized by a Canadian partner or a collaborator of the Foundation; 
  • Show clear benefits, if the proposed project is connected to a religious community; 
  • Are relevant to our mission;
  • Describes, if relevant, the experience gained during a previous project with the Foundation and the evaluation of the project by Foundation members. 

Our Areas of Action


We support projects that involve evangelical work

  • Training for pastoral agents
  • Sound equipment fior churches, chapels, places of worship


We support projects that empower people to become agents of change and social development in their own communities.

  • Technical training
  • Sewing equipment
  • Woodworking tools
  • Gardening or farming equipment


We support projects that impart wisdom and knowledge, especially to young people in school.

  • Computer equipment
  • Classroom equipment (benches, tables, lab equipment, etc.)
  • Addition of classroom


We support projects that create environmentally sound institutional infrastructure or other kinds of infrastructure. This area is related to many of the other areas of intervention. Projects are categorized according to the final outcome.

  • Expansion or renovation of a school building or classroom 
  • Renovation of a parish hall or community centre 
  • Various repairs (roof, windows, doors)  
  • Sanitary infrastructure
  • Lighting (solar panels) 
  • Latrines
  • Renovation of a health centre 
  • Equipment

Drinking Water

We support projects that improve access to drinking water, e.g. drilling a well, building a pump, etc.

  • Wells, pumps
  • Drilling
  • Water towers, cisterns, tanks
  • Water supply system


Projects intended to help sustainable development and agricultural autonomy. The ultimate purpose is to live off of the earth’s bounty with an environmentally responsible approach and help improve living conditions of many. This area of action guarantees work and food for many, helping to reduce poverty and diseases caused by malnutrition.

  • Community garden
  • Animal farming (cattle, pig, poultry, etc.)
  • Food processing equipment (grain mill, tillers, etc.)
  • Farm inputs (seeds, fertilizer, etc.)
  • Material (pumps, solar panels, watering cans, etc.)
  • Farming tools (shovels, rakes, hoes, etc.)
  • Plantations (trees, fruit trees, etc.)
  • Irrigation system (small dams, canals, well, etc.)


We support projects that satisfy basic human needs, improve quality of life or help prevent disease.

  • Container delivery
  • Medical equipment and supplies (medical devices, medicine, labs, etc.)

Emergencies and Disasters

We provide assistance to our partners—religious communities and NGOs— to help victims of natural disasters. The Board of Directors makes all decisions regarding financial commitments for emergency relief.

Countries we help

West Indies

  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti


  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea-Conakry
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar, Burma
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka

Central America

  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua

South America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela


  • Papua New Guinea

Have this information on hand when you submit your project idea:

  • Your contact information (email, phone number, mobile phone number, address).
  • Contact information and general information about the local organization who is responsible for implementing the project in the developing country.  
  • A brief description of your project.
  • Contact information of the religious community or Canadian organization who will act as an agent if your project is approved.
  • Please note that a Canadian organization is preferred. If you do not have an agent for your project, you may not be allowed to proceed to Step 2, which is completing an online grant application form.
  • A list of the project’s financial partners.


Projets destinés à combler les besoins fondamentaux, à améliorer la qualité de vie du milieu et à favoriser la prévention.

Éducation et formation

Projets visant des personnes susceptibles de devenir, dans leur milieu, des agents multiplicateurs de libération, de développement social et d'évangélisation.

Aide aux églises

Projets caractérisés par l'action évangélisatrice.


Mise en place d'infrastructures institutionnelles ou matérielles, dans le respect de l'environnement. Par exemple, des projets d'eau potable ou de rénovations.

Urgences et désastres

Aide aux victimes de calamités naturelles ou d'interventions humaines causant des pénuries soudaines et importantes de moyens de subsistance.