Bureau of DRL: Building Trust between Community Members & Security Providers in Coastal Kenya

Deadline: 8 July 2016

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is seeking applications from eligible organisations for a program entitled “Building Trust between Community Members & Security Providers in Coastal Kenya” with an aim to prevent radicalism and violent extremism by building trust and collaboration between community leaders, youth, and security providers in Lamu and other counties in Coastal Kenya (Mombasa, Kwale and/or Kilifi).

Proposed programs should address socio-economic and governance challenges and other factors that have intensified the negative effects of decreased tourism, ongoing land and property conflicts, and increased security force targeting of Muslim communities in the region.


  • Cultivate working partnerships between communities and security providers across ethnic and social divides;
  • Develop collaborative responses to shared community security challenges;
  • Strengthen capacity and leadership skills among community leaders to engage government actors at the national, county and local levels on security provisions.

Funding Information: DRL anticipates having approximately $742,574 available to support approximately one successful application submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the availability of funding.


  • Trainings and events to allow youth to develop a sense of purpose, build communication skills and define community needs;
  • In-depth leadership training and support for communities engaging with their security sector on grievances that lead to general distrust;
  • Connecting committed community leaders with wider civil society networks currently engaged on security issues.

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 occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
  • 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 this NOFO.
  • Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined application. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners.
  • DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on applicants that do not have previous experience administering federal grant awards, and these applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.
  • DRL is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
  • DRL welcomes applications irrespective of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other status.
  • DRL encourages applications from organizations working with the most at risk and vulnerable communities, including women, youth, persons with disabilities, members of ethnic or religious minority groups, and LGBTI persons.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit grants.gov.

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