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Join the Trustbuilding Program


Submit your Expression of Interest by 14 June

The Trustbuilding Program (TBP) is pleased to announce that interested IofC teams may now submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) for participation in the third year/expansion of the TBP, which will begin 3 January 2022.

The TBP has been operating since July 2019, with pilot projects in Canada, France, and Kenya. In January this year, the Program expanded include to Australia, Indonesia, Nepal, and South Africa. Based on 80 years of experience in building trust across divides, the TBP is based on a partnership model between IofCI and local IofC teams and is designed to build capability and financial sustainability of local teams through training, expert guidance, and experience sharing with other teams.

Effective execution of the program has been seen to increase the visibility and credibility of the work local teams do whilst making an impact to communities where it is delivered.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

As the first of two phases, interested teams are invited to complete and submit the questions below as their EOI. The Selection Panel will identify and reccommend three to five new teams for inclusion in the third year of the TBP.

The International Council, with the advice and support of the Program Steering Group (PSG), will make the final selection.


Interested teams must provide answers to the questions below in their EOI:

  1. Describe your trustbuilding work/need including the acute social divides being addressed and the location(s) of the proposed project (max 250 words).
  2. Please share your current IofC trustbuilding work in your country, the limitations you have faced and your contact with other stakeholders (max 300 words).
  3. Please indicate how you believe the Trustbuilding Program could support your local team and the IofC work in your country. Also, how the expansion/ creation of a TBP can benefit the target population (max 250 words).
  4. What do you expect could be achieved by collaborating with the Trustbuilding Program (max 250 words)?
  5. Outline the size of your local team working in this area and their capacity, skills, and experiences (maximum 250 words).
  6. How confident are you that you can fundraise and/ or contribute to your project budget? What is your basis for that confidence (250 words)?
  7. Please include an endorsement of the Expression of Interest by the relevant board or team where there is no incorporated body.
  8. Name the key contact person/people for the project.

In framing your responses to the above, please refer to the Application Guidelines (Appendix 1) and the Criteria (Appendix 2) in the Additional Information document.

This call for EOIs is open to all IofC teams as well as joint applications made with local partners. In the partnership scenario, we encourage IofC teams to consider a like-minded partner with whom you work well with to submit the application together, with the IofC team as the lead local partner.


A joint application and partnership could strengthen the potential for fundraising and sustainability, bring in extra resources, expand outreach and strengthen local IofC teams.


What happens if your EOI is approved?

Should you be successful according to the criteria for assessing your EOI, you will be invited to submit a full proposal (to be received by 30 August 2021). We will send you a Readiness Criteria checklist to complete. Based on your responses to this and an implementation plan and budget, the Selection Committee will assess your submission.

They will provide feedback to assist you towards readiness to participate in the Program. It is likely that more suitable EOIs will be received than we will be able to support. There will be further opportunities in year four of the TBP.