USAID: Advancing Human Rights and Democratic Values

Deadline: 16 July 2018

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified U.S. and non-U.S. organizations to provide services to empower citizens to participate in the advancement of human rights and democratic values in their country.

Consistent with the Administration’s 2017 “National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,” the overall objective of this program is to empower Cuban citizens to participate in the advancement of human rights and democratic values in their country. Specifically, program activities should contribute toward:

  • increasing local and international awareness of human rights violations in Cuba;
  • engaging an increased number of Cuban citizens in efforts to advocate for greater human rights and civil liberties.

By the end of the program, USAID envisions a greater number of Cuban citizens engaged in activities to support, defend, and promote human rights and democracy in Cuba, including documenting abuses. Increased international awareness of human rights violations in Cuba is intended to provide protection to human rights advocates and their networks.

Funding Information

USAID intends to provide up to $5.69 million in total USAID funding over a three-year period.

Eligible Applicants

  • U.S. and non-U.S. NGOs are eligible to apply.
  • USAID encourages applicants from potential new partners.
  • An NGO means any nongovernmental organization or entity, whether nonprofit or profit-making (22 CFR 203.2).
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All Applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable U.S. law.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically at the address given on the website.

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