USIP Request for Proposals: Libyan Civil Society Capacity Building for Reconciliation

Deadline: 1 April 2017

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is currently seeking proposals for its grant competition 2017 on Libyan Civil Society Capacity Building for Reconciliation with an aim to strengthen the ability of Libyan CSOs to engage a wider range of community structures, and deepen the impact of current interventions centered on conflict resolution and reconciliation, consensus, and trust-building opportunities.

Under this competition, USIP is soliciting proposals for projects which contribute to the peaceful resolution of community-based conflict, including those that resolve property disputes, engage consensus-building initiatives, and facilitate the return of refugees and internally displaced populations (IDPs) to their homes. The projects will also aim to build the capacity for reconciliation, conflict resolution, and conflict prevention among women’s groups, local youth groups, and university students, with a special focus on conflict-affected and disadvantaged areas.

Libyan civil society continues to play an important role in mitigating violence. Through small projects, and community-based initiatives, civil society organizations (CSOs) deliver a wide range of humanitarian aid and social services, and fulfill needs normally met by government institutions. Libyan CSOs also play active roles in promoting civic engagement and political participation in the transition to a democracy. A number of CSOs provide public information, organize public debate sessions with political candidates, and facilitate trust-building forums between candidates and their constituencies.

Funds Available

Under this grant competition, USIP seeks to make two or three (2-3) small grants in the range of $15,000 (minimum) to $50,000 (maximum).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-profit and academic institutions are eligible to apply for funding, provided they are duly registered organizations with demonstrated capacity to manage U.S. government funding. Private sector for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply. USIP does not make grants to individuals.
  • Support cannot be provided to government agencies or to employees thereof.
  • Support cannot be provided to non-governmental organizations for a formal evaluation of their own programming unless otherwise indicated. USIP will, however, consider applications that propose an NGO research or evaluation consortium for the purposes of conducting a comparative study.
  • Those currently working on USIP-funded projects or contracts may not be eligible to apply.
  • USIP does not provide funds for the creation of a new organization, the construction or maintenance of an office, direct social services, or micro-enterprise projects.
  • Grant funds are not available for degree-related work. Requests for dissertation research support should be directed to USIP’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program.
  • Applications that list as participants, consultants, or project personnel any members of USIP’s Board of Directors, staff or fellows will not be accepted, nor will applications that list USIP as a collaborator in the project’s activities.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit proposals online via given website.

For more information, please visit USIP Request for Proposals.

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