What We Do

The CAC works with partner organisations in the Hanoi area and meets monthly to assess new proposals and review existing projects. Once projects are approved by the HIWC Board, the CAC monitors them to ensure that the funds are being used as agreed.

In 2015-2016 grants made by HIWC in the area of health ranged from medical missions bringing life changing surgery to children to cancer treatment for women in Hanoi.  We supported training programs for women with disabilities on sexual and reproductive health and provided a grant for medical care for young patients with brittle bone disease. Our community development grants funded life skills training and professional integration assistance for women living in vulnerable conditions in Hanoi, microcredit loans to 90 women from the Black Thai ethnic minority group and vocational training for youth with disabilities. Our grants in the area of education helped disadvantaged students attend university, enabled 30 children with autism and intellectual disabilities to go to school and funded improved access to education for poor children living in Hanoi’s Red River community.

HIWC Community Aid Projects in 2017

The chart below provides a snapshot of the projects we are proudly supporting in 2017. If you would like to know more about CAC’s collaboration with these charities and these specific projects, please email cacchair@hanoi-iwc.com. We’ll be happy to tell you more!

Partner Short Description VND
CARE International in Vietnam -
A Foundation for Change
Ethnic minority women in rural provinces face a variety of gender-based barriers, including lower levels of education, less power in the household, limited access to productive opportunities, and isolation. With HIWC funding, CARE Vietnam plans to establish village savings and loans associations in Hoa Binh and Son La provinces to create a platform for women to practice saving and lending and build social networks. VND 222,981,045
The Center of Help for Indigenous Value Promotion and Sustainable Environment (CHIASE) - Vocational Training and Production Support for People with Disability in Ha Dong Disrict, Hanoi
People with disabilities (PWD) in Vietnam often have difficulty accessing vocational training and employment opportunities. Over 93 percent of PWDs over 16 years old do not have professional qualifications. This HIWC-supported project promotes vocational training and production support for people with disabilities in Ha Dong district, Hanoi, to strengthen their production capacity and help them market their products. VND 127,826,400
Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) - Bright Future Fund
Qualified, yet underprivileged, students from Northern Vietnam often are unable to enroll in universities due to financial constraints, even though they have passed the entrance exams. Through HIWC and the Bright Future Fund, 22 students will receive tuition fee support, living allowances, and professional skills training. VND 193,173,750
Hoa Sua School of Economics and Tourism for Disadvantaged Youth - Job Training for Ethnic and Poor Children Youth
Ethnic minority and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam face challenges pursuing vocational training and finding jobs. This HIWC project with Hoa Sua will provide funding for 30 students from Sapa, Lao Cai and other remote locations to receive cooking training at the Hoa Sua School to prepare them with practical vocational skills. VND 224,988,750
Hue Help - Swimming for Safety Hanoi (Pilot)
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 0-19 in Vietnam due to widespread lack of water safety awareness and the inability of many children to swim. With HIWC support, Hue Help is training school teachers to become swimming instructors and promoting water safety awareness in communities with the most vulnerable children. The project also forges links with local authorities, schools, parents and other stakeholders to raise awareness and identify barriers to expanding swimming skills and water safety in the public school system in Hanoi. VND 121,527,000
Institute for Development and Community Health (LIGHT) - Mobile Mini Marts of Migrant Women Surrounding North Thang Long Industrial Zone, Hanoi (3MS)
Many migrants who move to the cities struggle with insecure jobs, lack of social integration, and unsafe living conditions. This HIWC-funded project with LIGHT will provide a core group of informal migrant women in Kim Chung with social enterprise knowledge and skills to start their own mini mobile mart businesses and offer peer education to others. VND 225,000,000
Life Project for Youth (LP4Y) - Assisting in the Social and Professional Integration of Women (17-24 years old) Facing Extreme Poverty and Exclusion
Because of their unstable living conditions, many impoverished Vietnamese youth drop out of school and become socially isolated. HIWC is providing funding for LP4Y to assist in the professional and social integration of young adults facing extreme poverty and exclusion. The program focuses on English language training and entrepreneurship. HIWC supports the youth in successfully running Bread & Smiles, a bakery producing and delivering French bread and pastries. VND 223,000,000
Population Services International (PSI) - Improving Reproductive Health for Young Women in Hanoi
Health providers in Vietnam often lack information and skills to provide youth-friendly reproductive health services, because contraception is thought of as a service for married women. HIWC is supporting PSI’s program to improve health provider delivery of high quality contraceptive services for young women as well as to increase awareness among women ages 15-24 about the benefits and side effects of a variety of contraceptive methods. VND 224,999,250
Supporting Center for Families and Children with Mental Disabilities (SFCmD) - Making Puberty Period More Smooth for Children with Mental Disabilities and their Families by Proactively Engaging Them in Self-help, Self-care, Motor Skill Building and Other Relevant Activities
Puberty is an especially difficult time for children with severe mental disabilities and their families as behaviors become more unpredictable and educational choices more limited. This HIWC-funded program with SFCmD aims to help mentally disabled adolescents learn basic daily life skills to build independence and decrease the burdens on their families. VND 147,672,000
School on the Boat - Tutoring Programme Development
Children living in poor communities along the Red River often lack adequate educational support. The aim of this project funded by HIWC is to provide study support for children to improve their academic performance and enhance communication and organizational skills. VND 102,369,645
Vietnam Blind Association (VBA) - Capacity Development for the Blind Women to Defend Their Rights
Visually impaired women in Vietnam typically have a poor standard of living, lack essential knowledge and skills, and are unaware of the basic legal rights of women with disabilities. They are usually dependent on families or caregivers and are sometimes exploited. VBA, with a grant from HIWC, plans to provide leadership training and audio forums to raise blind womens’ awareness of their basic rights and entitlements. They will also work with the media to raise awareness among the wider public about women with visual disabilities. VND 225,015,000
VECO Vietnam - Empowering Female Farmers Through Organic Vegetables Production and Marketing
Small-scale women farmers have few income generating activities and have difficulty accessing certifications for their produce. In addition, they are poorly connected to markets and lack basic infrastructure to preserve and transport their vegetables. The objective of this HIWC project with VECO is to create jobs and increase the income of female farmers by supporting organic vegetable production, market linkage, and implementation of the Participatory Guarantee System in Duy Tien District, Ha Nam province. VND 189,063,000
YWAM Mercy Vietnam - Child-friendly Library for Van Con
School-aged children in the Van Con Commune do not regularly access their school library because of its unappealing atmosphere and limited variety of books. With HIWC’s help, YWAM aims to promote reading among Van Con students by developing a child-friendly library space and providing a collection of age-appropriate books and online learning aids. VND 132,583,500
TOTAL VND 2,360,199,340

How to Apply for Funding

To be considered for HIWC funding, projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. The project must be implemented by a partner organisation registered in Vietnam.
  2. The beneficiaries of the project must work primarily with women and/or children or youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  3. The goals of the project must be related to health, education or community development.
  4. HIWC is non-religious and non-political group and does not fund projects with religious or political objectives.
  5. The applicant is not an individual or for-profit organisation.
  6. The location of the project must be accessible to and from Hanoi within one day.
  7. The project must be completed within one year.
  8. The project proposal includes a clear itemised expenditure budget which meets our funding criteria.  (Click HERE to read the 2017 Allowable Expenditure document)
  9. The grant amount requested per organisation does not exceed the annual limit set by HIWC for each partner organisation.  In 2017 this limit is VND 225,000,000  (approximately USD 10,000 per partner).
  10.  Organisations can apply for funding from HIWC CAC for the same project for up to three consecutive years only. Organisations may apply for funding for different projects in successive years.


Next Steps
The application period usually begins in mid-January. The following provides an overview of the 2017 application process and deadlines:

  1. Please complete an online HIWC Application for Funding. The deadline for applications is:  15 February 2017.
  2. After 15 February, we will review all applications and invite successful applicants to prepare a full proposal and expenditure budget using our templates. A first draft of these submissions will be due on 7 March 2017 to allow time for revisions before a final deadline of 21 March 2017.
  3. Once we receive your formal proposal, the CAC will consider its merits and ask you for any further information we think necessary.  If we think your project is suitable for HIWC funding, we will recommend that the HIWC Board gives approval.
  4. We will communicate grant decisions in the third week of April 2017, after the HIWC Board’s April meeting.
  5. If the Board gives final approval to your project, we will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for you to sign.  This will set out the terms of our grant to you including the expected scope of your project, timeline, our monitoring requirements and payment terms.
  6. HIWC will allocate funds in early May after grant agreements (MOUs) are finalised.
  7. The CAC will also appoint a Project Coordinator to maintain contact with your organisation for the duration of the project and s/he will visit the project location to evaluate progress.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

If HIWC funds our project this year, will you fund it next year?
We regret we can’t guarantee that we will fund you again. You are welcome to reapply for funds to continue the same project or start another, and we will consider your application in the normal way. We encourage partner organisations to look for other sources of funding rather than becoming dependent on us. The amount of funds we have to disburse can vary from year to year, and we like to have the flexibility to fund new partners and new projects.

Does it help if we have other sources of funding?
We will always take this into consideration, and we may be able to offer partial funding – as long as your proposed use of our funds meets our criteria.

Can we attend the CAC or Board meeting at which our application is being discussed?
We regret this is not possible. Our meetings are confidential, not least as we often discuss more than one project at a time. We consider every project on its merits and according to the criteria and other considerations you see published on this website.

How long will we have to wait to learn if we have been successful?
It takes about three months from the application deadline to final approval. The Community Aid Committee reviews the project proposals and then makes recommendations to the HIWC Board for final approval. Please allow time to submit your proposals, as we won’t consider short notice proposals. Please take care to complete your application form and formal proposal correctly to avoid delays.

How can we get an update on the status of  our application?
You are welcome to contact the CAC Chair by emailing cacchair@hanoi-iwc.com