Financial Support Programme



The Financial Support Programme supports IAF who have a clear need for financial support to meet the application fees for: 

  • IAF Endorsed™ Facilitator
  • IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF).   

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.


How the programme works


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

Each year, the Board of Directors 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 paying the application fee balance and other costs, such as travel costs for an in-person CPF Stage 2 assessment or equipment and internet costs for an online assessment. 

For more information, see Financial Support Programme policy.


Programme outcomes


Since the programme began, 14 members have applied:

  • 8 applicants were eligible 
  • 4 were granted financial support
  • 2 have used the support
  • 2 have become IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitators. 

2024 funding and priorities


The total funding available in 2024 is US$8,000.

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.




To apply, you must:

  • be an IAF member in good standing
  • have been a member for at least 2 continuous years when you apply.
  • if you are applying for support for an IAF Endorsed™ Facilitator application, you must have at least one year of facilitation experience.

You can only apply for financial support for one type of application.  

Board of Directors and Financial Support Programme team members are not eligible.


Selection criteria

Support to apply for IAF Endorsed™ Facilitator (EF) 


  • 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 of being an IAF Endorsed™ Facilitator on your professional journey.
Support to apply for IAF Certified™ Facilitator (CPF) 


  • 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 of being a CPF on your professional journey.


How to apply


To apply:

  1. Check you meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Download the application form.
  3. Send your completed form and career resume (maximum of 2 pages) to by Monday 15 July 2024.


Download application form


The Financial Support Programme team will decide 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.

Financial Support Programme team members are IAF Certified™ Assessors.

The team’s decision is final. There is no appeal process.

If your application is:

  • successful, you have 2 years to use the financial support
  • not successful, you may apply again in future years.