Agriculture Renewable Energy Environment Housing& Community Development Small Business & Workforce Development Education Arts & Culture Emergency Assistance & Preparedness Big Ideas Challenge - Innovation For Social Impact Health


Agriculture

The Challenge:
Before Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was importing 80% of its goods. With the island’s agricultural industry destroyed, this number is at risk of sharply increasing. 

 How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
We’re assisting communityfarms, restocking sustainable fisheries, and reseeding damaged crops to help restore the island’s agricultural sector, all in an effort to support the workers, families and communities that crucially depend on it.   


Renewable Energy 

The Challenge:
Hurricane Maria produced the largest blackout in US history and left Puerto Rico without energy for almost a year. The power is mostly back, but it’s patchy and unreliable. The island needs to both ameliorate its energy grid and be prepared for another emergency that might threaten the existing power and communications sources.

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
We’re supporting, through different partnerships, the creation of reliable and durable renewable energy sources for domestic and institutional use, including community centers and school that can serve as disaster relief hubs when future disasters hit.


Environment 

The Challenge:
The 2017 hurricane season obliterated crops and part of the island’s flora. Work is needed to both recover the eco-system and the industries around Puerto Rico’s natural environment.

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
We are working with local partners to protect and strengthen Puerto Rico’s natural environment, supporting green infrastructure initiatives and promote long-term environmental sustainability.


Housing& Community Development

The Challenge:
The 2017 hurricane season left unprecedented damaged to the island’s housing infrastructure, especially in places like Punta Santiago, where Hurricane Maria made landfall. An uneven response from FEMA has left many people without a home or with their properties still wrecked as if Maria had passed yesterday.

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
Hispanic Federation is supporting the development of resilient transitional and permanenthabitation in high-need communities by working with local, trusted organizations that are coordinating on-the-ground housing and community development efforts.


Small Business & Workforce Development

The Challenge: 
Over the past decade, and especially since the 2017 hurricane season, Puerto Rico’s population has experience a significant decreased as their inhabitants move to Mainland US for better job opportunities.  

 How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
We are channeling our efforts with both private and public sectors to create jobs, rebuild the economy, and promote sustainable business growth throughout the island.


Education

The Challenge: 
Like most services in the island, education took a hit during the previous hurricane season by loosing important infrastructure, human capital, and learning materials and spaces.

 How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
Hispanic Federation is helping organizations that are focused on strengthening the island’s educational infrastructure through innovation and basic needs provision


Arts & Culture

The Challenge:
Puerto Rico’s cultural and artistic scene is know around the world for its contributions to music, theater, cinema, plastic arts, urban arts, among others. Keeping cultural institutions alive and running is a key area to the island’s recovery process, as it serves both as an outlet and as testament to the journey towards Puerto Rico’s revival. 

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
Preserving, celebrating, and advancing the art and culture of communities is crucial to the collective and personal identity, health, and development of people. Hispanic Federation prioritized supporting art and artists in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as a key element of short and long-term recovery.


Emergency Assistance & Preparedness

The Challenge:
Though Hurricane Maria was the deadliest to make landfall in Puerto Rico, it won’t be the last to make its presence felt in the island. To be better prepared for future hurricane seasons, comprehensive and updates emergency plans need to be in place to avoid future massive devastations. 

 How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
Hispanic Federation has helped to ensure families across the island had immediate access to water, food, and emergency supplies. Additionally, Hispanic Federation has supplied emergency grants to organizations and individuals facing severe challenges that could be substantially ameliorated with quick-cash infusions assistance and grants to build the capacity of organizations to respond to future disasters.


Big Ideas Challenge - Innovation For Social Impact

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
To encourage innovative and visionary post-Hurricane Maria recovery work, Hispanic Federation has committed with our partner Fundación Banco Popular to fund collaborative, multi-sector teams led by Puerto Rican nonprofit organizations. The teams will compete for a total of $1,125,000 in funding for their original projects.

 Who are we helping?
Three finalists were announced in October 2018 and each will receive $150,000 to pilot their idea over 6 months, at which point they will be re-evaluated for final prizes. The first-place team can win up to $600k, second-place $450k, and third-place $350k total. 

These finalists will also receive customized mentoring and support for two years from local and global experts as they implement their ideas. An additional honorable mention prize of $100k was granted to one team for potential impact, and the five remaining semifinalists each received $25k in seed money.


Health

The Challenge (Note: not final copy, just a mockup). 
Though Hurricane Maria was the deadliest to make landfall in Puerto Rico, it won’t be the last to make its presence felt in the island. To be better prepared for future hurricane seasons, comprehensive and updates emergency plans need to be in place to avoid future massive devastations. 

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
As early as winter 2017, Hispanic Federation and its partners made the rehabilitation and repair of the island’s health infrastructure a top priority. We have continued to expand the ways we can strengthen physical and mental health resources, infrastructure, and access for communities across Puerto Rico.