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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Civil Societies, NGOs, and Associations to Promote Democracy

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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)

Canada: AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon

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UNDEF Project Grants

United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #177422

Grant Description

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, independent and constitutional bodies, inter-governmental bodies, associations, and organizations for projects that promote democracy around the world. Funding is intended to support projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. Strong preference will be given to applicants from countries and regions where the challenges of democracy are more critical.

The vast majority of UNDEF projects are delivered directly by civil society organizations (CSO). In this type of project, the CSO is responsible for the overall management of the project and bears all substantive, financial, monitoring, and reporting and evaluation responsibilities.

Projects fall under one or more of the following six main areas:

  • Women empowerment
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Youth engagement
  • Strengthening civil society interaction with Government
  • Media and freedom of information
  • Electoral processes (focusing on elections scheduled for 2024 at the earliest)

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

UNDEF funds projects implemented by non-UN organizations, not individuals, profit-making or government entities. Eligible applicants must be duly constituted nationally or internationally and have legal status.

At the project proposal stage, you will be required to indicate the type of organization applying for funding:
(1) Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in promoting democracy,
(2) Independent and Constitutional Bodies,
(3) Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations other than the United Nations.

UNDEF’s priority is Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations. The organization must be legally constituted. UN accreditation is not a prerequisite to apply for UNDEF funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The application procedure takes a two-stage approach: (1) Submission of a project proposal during the call for project proposals (2) development of a full project document.

Timeline:
2022
- 01st November Call for Proposals: Online Project Proposal System opened
- 30th November Deadline for Project proposals submission: Online Project Proposal System closed
- End of December: UNDEF Secretariat to compile long-list

2023
- January: UNDEF Programme Consultative Group (PCG)2 & UN Resident Coordinators (RCs) to provide comments
- February: UNDEF’s Advisory Board3 to recommend short-list
- March: UNDEF informs Permanent Missions of projects on short-list: UNDEF submits recommended shortlist to Secretary-General for approval
- April: Request to short-listed applicants to draft detailed project documents with a one-month deadline
- May onwards: Project document negotiations begin between applicants and UNDEF Secretariat
- August: First project documents finalized, first disbursements and projects
start

Project proposals will be accepted by the online Application Portal only during the call for project proposals. UNDEF will not accept proposals submitted via e-mail, regular post, facsimile, diplomatic or UN pouch, hand or courier delivery or any other channel. Project proposals can be submitted only in English or French, the two working languages of the United Nations. A confirmation email will be generated by the Portal. The UNDEF Secretariat will communicate directly with the applicant should additional information be required.

Please note that, if approved, your project will not commence until October 2022 at the earliest.

How to Apply: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/apply-for-funding
Application Information: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/content/how-apply-online-project-proposal-system-opps
Eligibility: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/content/when-apply-and-who-can-apply
Technical Guidance: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/content/technical-guidance-online-project-proposal-system-opps
Proposal Assessment and Selection Process: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/content/how-proposals-are-assessed-and-selection-process
Project management arrangements and monitoring and evaluation: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/content/project-management-arrangements-and-monitoring-and-evaluation
FAQs: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/apply-for-funding-faqs

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants must request an amount within a range of 100,000 USD and 250,000 USD for any given proposal.

Term of Contract:

In principle, UNDEF grants will be allocated for projects with default duration of two years. However, it is acceptable to UNDEF if a successful applicant completes a project in less than two years.

Contact Information:

Apply Online from November 1, 2022.

For questions and technical support, please email info@undefapplication.org.

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