U.S. Department of State, Bureau of DRL: Incubator for Defenders Remaining in Exile to Advance Movements (IDREAM)

Deadline: 29 April 2019

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting proposals for a collaborative program that provides medium-term support to displaced human rights defenders.

DRL envisions a program that would enable individual human rights defenders and civil society organizations to continue their work advocating for fundamental freedoms, despite forced relocation due to threats or attacks on them for their work.

DRL promotes democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally through both policy and programming.  Projects should aim to have impact that leads to democratic reforms, and should have the potential for sustainability beyond DRL resources.  DRL’s preference is to avoid duplicating past efforts by supporting new and creative approaches.  This does not exclude from consideration projects that improve upon or expand existing successful projects in a new and complementary way.  DRL provides targeted support through programs that take an intersectional approach to addressing barriers created by rising levels of violence, discrimination and criminalization aimed at individuals based on their religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.  These programs are demand-driven, locally led, and best practices to prevent, mitigate, and recover from human rights violations.

Funding Information

  • Funding Floor (lowest $$ value): $2,000,000
  • Funding Ceiling (highest $$ value):$2,000,000


Sub-grants activities may include:

  • Enabling displaced activists to build solidarity networks within their new community
  • Launching coordinated advocacy initiatives in their home countries to promote fundamental freedoms and counter civil society stigmatization
  • Local convenings of CSOs from across countries and sectors to share best practices and bolster civil society’s capacity to respond to restrictions
  • Digital and physical security training
  • Community mobilization initiatives
  • Policy and legal advocacy
  • Awareness-raising campaigns
  • Technical training on how to respond to restrictive CSO legislation and strategic advocacy responses to closing civic space
  • Psychosocial support to build defender’s resiliency to trauma
  • Establishing temporary collaborative co-working spaces to help human rights defenders return to work.

Eligibility Criteria

  • DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit 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 non-profit entities; however, there may be some 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.  Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs.  The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=313356

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