Grant Size :  

$7,250,000

Closing Date :

  05-03-2024

Apply for DRL Fundamental Freedoms Fund IV

About

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that will defend and protect human rights; counter threats to democratic institutions; and address discrimination, inequity, and marginalization in all its forms.

DRL will award an overarching cooperative agreement to a consortium of eight NGOs with thematic and global reach (“Consortium”), to collaborate on the execution of individual projects in which “action-forcing events” have triggered the need for intervention to counter or prevent the closing of democratic space and/or where progress in erecting democratic institutions and establishing the rule of law is in jeopardy.

The Lead Organization and Consortium members must demonstrate the ability to: a) evaluate country conditions and draw on theory, experience, and lessons learned to design innovative, effective, and workable projects within their respective areas of expertise as new opportunities and challenges unfold on the ground; b) effectively and efficiently manage projects, including the capability to place them in the field quickly with all necessary support and to start project activities rapidly; c) build and maintain relationships with other organizations, including at the local levels, and key stakeholders; and d) monitor and evaluate project implementation, results, and impact, solve problems, and make course corrections when necessary.

DRL is committed to advancing equity and support for underserved and underrepresented communities. In accordance with the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Underserved Communities, programs should implement strategies for integration and inclusion of individuals/organizations/beneficiaries that can bring perspectives based on their religion, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics, national origin, age, genetic information, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, political affiliation, or veteran’s status. Programs should be demand-driven and locally led to the extent possible.

Where appropriate, competitive proposals may include:

  • Opportunities for beneficiaries to apply their new knowledge and skills in practical efforts;

  • Solicitation of feedback and suggestions from beneficiaries when developing activities in order to strengthen the sustainability of programs and participant ownership of project outcomes;

  • Input from participants on sustainability plans and systematic review of the plans throughout the life of the project, with adjustments made as necessary;

  • Inclusion of vulnerable populations;

  • Joint identification and definition of key concepts with relevant stakeholders and stakeholder input into project activities;

  • Systematic follow up with beneficiaries at specific intervals after the completion of activities to track how beneficiaries are retaining new knowledge as well as applying their new skills.

Funding Information
  • Total Funding Floor: $7,250,000 (of which $750,000 must go to LGBTQI+ projects)

  • Total Funding Ceiling: $7,250,000 (of which $750,000 must go to LGBTQI+ projects)

  • Anticipated Number of Awards: 1

  • Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement

  • Period of Performance: 24-36 months

Activities that are not typically allowed include, but are not limited to:
  • The provision of humanitarian assistance;

  • English language instruction;

  • Development of high-tech computer or communications software and/or hardware;

  • Purely academic exchanges or fellowships;

  • External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months;

  • Off-shore activities that are not clearly linked to in-country initiatives and impact or are not necessary per security concerns.

Eligibility :
  • The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) welcomes applications in response to DRL Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) from:

    • U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/non-government organizations (NGOs);

    • Public international organizations;

    • Private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and

    • For-profit organizations or businesses.

  • DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

  • Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards.

Posted Date: Jan 03, 2024

Location :
Yemen
Estonia
Syrian Arab Republic (the)
Turkey
Saudi Arabia
Egypt
United States of America
Palestine
Jordan
GHANA
Niger
Tunisia
Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Benin
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic (the)
Chile
Colombia
Congo (the)
Côte d'Ivoire
Cuba
Czechia
Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)
Djibouti
Dominican Republic (the)
Equatorial Guinea
Fiji
France
Gambia (the)
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Hungary
India
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lesotho
Libya
Lithuania
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Marshall Islands (the)
Mauritius
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Mongolia
Morocco
Myanmar
Nauru
Netherlands (the)
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Oman
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Poland
Qatar
Republic of Moldova (the)
Russian Federation (the)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain
Sudan (the)
Swaziland
Switzerland
Tajikistan
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Uzbekistan
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Zimbabwe
Cook Islands (the)
Niue
Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Austria
Bahamas (the)
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Bhutan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cambodia
Canada
Chad
China
Comoros (the)
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (the)
Denmark
Dominica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Finland
Gabon
Georgia
Grenada
Guinea
Guyana
Honduras
Iceland
Indonesia
Iraq
Jamaica
Kenya
Kuwait
Lao People's Democratic Republic (the)
Lebanon
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malawi
Maldives
Malta
Mauritania
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Philippines (the)
Portugal
Republic of Korea (the)
Romania
Rwanda
Saint Lucia
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovenia
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Sweden
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Turkmenistan
Uganda
United Arab Emirates (the)
United Republic of Tanzania (the)
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Viet Nam
Zambia
Holy See (the)
Antarctica
Aruba
Bermuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bouvet Island
British Indian Ocean Territory (the)
Cayman Islands (the)
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (the)
Curaçao
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Southern Territories (the)
Gibraltar
Greenland
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guernsey
Heard Island and McDonald Islands

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