The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that promote and defend freedom of expression and improve the equal participation and protection of women environmental defenders in the Indo-Pacific region, with a specific focus on mainland and maritime Southeast Asia.
The program’s goal is to improve the ability and security of women environmental defenders to obtain information about natural resource policies and projects; participate in decision-making processes by freely and peacefully assembling and expressing their ideas and concerns about natural resource policies, projects, and their impact on local communities and the environment; seek access to justice; and meaningfully contribute to gender-sensitive environmental policy and project development.
The program’s objectives are to advance women’s leadership and advocacy on local and national priorities related to natural resources and the environment; equip women environmental defenders and civil society organizations (CSOs) with the necessary skills to conduct their work safely and effectively without threats of violence; and strengthen public and institutional knowledge of technical environmental information, such as environmental impact assessments, climate mitigation, environmental pollutants and their impact on health, technical environmental language and processes, and accountability and the impact of environmental policies on communities.
- Funding Floor (lowest $$ value): $750,000
- Funding Ceiling (highest $$ value): $1,500,000
- 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.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331413