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Grants to USA, Canada, International NGOs, Nonprofits and Businesses to Protect Stateless Women and Children

Safeguard against Vulnerabilities for Women and for Children in the NEA Region


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Funding Source
United States Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
CFDA Number: 19.345
Funding or PIN Number: DRLA-DRLAQM-16-048
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/29/16 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grans to USA and territories, Canada, and International IHEs, nonprofits, NGOs, and businesses for projects that support the rights of stateless women and children in the Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) region. Eligible programs provide safeguards against vulnerabilities for women and children in the form of legal remediation, civil society initiatives, and documentation for families fleeing ISIL controlled areas.

Specifically, funding will be provided to organizations for projects that safeguard against vulnerabilities for women and for children born into statelessness, specifically those in detention or for female refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the NEA region.

Program approaches could include, but are not limited to:
• Legal reform of personal status laws, particularly those impacting women’s access to social protections and their ability to pass those protections to their children without limitations imposed by marital status or father’s nationality;
• Support for localized civil society initiatives working on implementation of laws when equitable legislation exists;
• Refining/regulating documentation processes and access to identity documentation, particularly for families fleeing ISIL-controlled areas or when an inability to establish paternity exists.

Projects should have the potential to have an immediate impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms, and should have potential for continued funding beyond DRL resources. Applicants may propose a pilot program beginning in one country or technical area, but there is no guarantee that additional funding may be made available. DRL prefers innovative and creative approaches rather than projects that simply duplicate or add to efforts by other entities. This does not exclude projects that clearly build off existing successful projects in a new and innovative way from consideration. DRL also strives to ensure its projects advance the rights and uphold the dignity of the most vulnerable or at-risk populations.

DRL is ever-conscious of the changing security situation. Accordingly, applicants are required to submit a robust, comprehensive security plan along with each proposal in order to demonstrate situational awareness and preparedness. Security plans should address safety for participants, activities, events, and trainings, as well as means to secure online programs or communications. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to include a contingency plan for proposed activities.

Applicants must have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in country partners, entities and relevant stakeholders including industry and NGOs and have demonstrable experience in administering successful and preferably similar projects. DRL encourages applications from foreign-based NGOs headquartered in the geographic regions/countries relevant to the NOFO. Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined application.

Applications that propose activities solely inside Iraq will not be deemed eligible for this funding opportunity. Please see the website for Notices of Funding Opportunities specific to Iraq. Applicants that propose humanitarian assistance will not be deemed technically eligible


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Criteria
DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based nonprofit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with nonprofit entities; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

For-profit entities should be aware that its application may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process and that the Department of State generally prohibits profit under its assistance awards to for-profit or commercial organizations.

A proven ability to implement programs in the NEA region, particularly in high-security countries, must be demonstrated.

Pre-Application Information
Applicants must have an active registration in SAM ( prior to submitting an application, must prove a valid Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number, formerly referred to as a DUNS number, and must continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by the U.S. government.

Applicants who do not submit applications via may submit via It is DRL’s preference that applications be submitted through Please be advised that completing all the necessary registration steps for obtaining a username and password from can take more than two weeks.

Please note: foreign organizations will be required to register with the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) to receive a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code in order to register in SAM. NSPA will forward your registration request to the applicable National Codification Bureau (NCB) if your organization is located in a NATO or Tier 2 Sponsored Non-NATO Nation. (As of January 2015, NATO nations included Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America; and Tier 2 nations included Australia, Austria, Brazil, Finland, Israel, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Serbia, and Singapore.)

NSPA and/or the appropriate NCB forwards all NCAGE code information to all Allied Committee 135 (AC/135) nations, which as of January 2015 also included Afghanistan, Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Montenegro, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates. All organizations are strongly advised to take this into consideration when assessing whether registration may result in possible endangerment.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
1 or more.

Estimated Size of Grant
$100,000 - $550,000

Term of Contract
Applicants should include an anticipated start date between January 2016 – June 2016 and the period of performance should be between 12 months to 24 months.

Contact Information
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(866) 577-0771

Program Requirements or Technical Assistance:
Negina Sawez

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