Financial Support Programme

Purpose

The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) wants members from all regions to have access to Professional Development Pathway credentials.  

The Financial Support Programme (the programme) supports eligible members who:

  • want to apply for a Professional Development Pathway credential
  • have a clear financial need for support to meet the application fee.  

The programme is not intended for members who cannot meet the application fee because they:

  • are in the start-up phase of their business
  • live in a high-income country, as defined by the World Bank, going through a temporary economic downturn
  • have not generated enough income to cover the fee.

 

Financial support available

The programme is funded from any surplus we make from professional development programmes.

Each year, the Board decides the amount of funding available and the priorities for the programme.

Successful applicants receive an offer from the IAF to meet 80% of the credential application fee. The offer is valid for 2 years

Successful applicants are responsible for meeting the balance of the application fee and any other costs – for example, travel costs for a face-to-face CPF assessment event or equipment and internet costs for an online assessment event.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be an IAF member in good standing
  • have been a member for at least 2 continuous years at the time you apply
  • if you are applying for support for the IAF EndorsedTM Facilitator credential, have at least one year of facilitation experience.

You can only apply for financial support for one credential in any given year.

Members of the Board and the Financial Support Programme (FSP) Team are not eligible.

 

Selection criteria

Financial support to apply for IAF EndorsedTM Facilitator (EF) credential

You:

  • support the IAF’s Vision, Mission and Values and Code of Ethics 
  • use facilitation in your work
  • demonstrate an understanding of the IAF Core Competencies
  • demonstrate a clear and qualifying need for financial support
  • clearly explain the impact the credential would have on your professional journey.

Financial support to apply for the IAF CertifiedTM Facilitator (CPF) credential

You:

  • support the IAF’s Vision, Mission and Values and Code of Ethics 
  • are an active IAF member
  • use facilitation in your work
  • demonstrate how you apply IAF Core Competencies in your facilitation practice
  • demonstrate a clear and qualifying need for financial support
  • clearly explain the impact the credential would have on your professional journey.

 

Assessment process

The FSP Team decides the outcome of your application based on:

  • merit and need using your responses to the selection criteria
  • priorities set by the Board
  • the amount of funding available.

FSP team members are IAF CertifiedTM Assessors.

The FSP Team’s decision is final and there is no appeal process.

If your application is:

  • not successful, you may apply again in future years
  • successful, you have two years to use the financial support.

For more information, see Financial Support Programme policy.

2022 funding and priorities

The total funding available in 2022 is US$9,000.

Support for no more than 3 applicants seeking support to apply for a CPF credential is available. The balance of the funding is available for applicants seeking support to apply for an EF credential.  

Priority will be given to applicants who are under 35 years old and based on:

  • the World Bank income classification of the country where they live
  • total years of IAF membership.

 

How to apply

Applications for 2022 have closed.

 

Programme Outcomes

Since the programme began:

  • 14 members have applied for financial support
  • 8 members have been deemed eligible

 

 

 

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