Funding Program for CSOs addressing Violence and Societal Intolerance towards Activists in Ukraine

Deadline: 7 June 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 an application for a program that supports civil society organizations address violence and societal intolerance towards activists in Ukraine.

The project should help civil society organizations (CSOs) address the growing violence, hate crimes, and societal intolerance towards civil society activists and vulnerable minority groups, such as ethnic, religious, LGBTI, in Ukraine, as well as the proliferation of extremist groups, which threatens the development of a pluralistic and peaceful Ukrainian democracy.  The program should improve understanding of these problems through monitoring and reporting efforts and public education campaigns, and facilitate joint efforts by CSOs and the Ukrainian government to develop and implement tools to address radicalism and violence.

Activities may include: capacity building and other support of CSOs and CSO networks dedicated to addressing radicalism and violence both at the national and local levels; advocacy at the national level to adopt and implement policies and laws that improve protection of civic activists and socially vulnerable groups; legal assistance and strategic litigation; and public discussions and media campaigns.

For all programs, projects should aim to have impact that leads to 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.  Programs should seek to include groups that can bring perspectives based on their religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.  Programs should demand-driven and locally led to the extent possible.  DRL also requires all of its programming to be non-discriminatory and expects implementers to include strategies for integration of individuals/organizations regardless of religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.

Where appropriate, competitive proposals may include:

  • Opportunities for beneficiaries to apply their new knowledge and skills in practical efforts.
  • Solicitation of feedback and suggestions from beneficiaries when developing activities in order to strengthen the sustainability of programs and participant ownership of project outcomes.
  • Input from participants on sustainability plans and systematic review of the plans throughout the life of the project with adjustments made as necessary.
  • Inclusion of vulnerable populations.
  • Joint identification and definition of key concepts with relevant stakeholders and stakeholder input into project activities.
  • Systematic follow up with beneficiaries at specific intervals (3 months, 6 months, etc.) after the completion of activities to track how beneficiaries are retaining new knowledge as well as applying their new skills.

Funding Information

  • Award Ceiling: $900,000
  • Award Floor: $900,000

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.

Activities that are not typically allowed include, but are not limited to:

  • The provision of humanitarian assistance;
  • English language instruction;
  • Development of high-tech computer or communications software and/or hardware;
  • Purely academic exchanges or fellowships;
  • External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months;
  • Off-shore activities that are not clearly linked to in-country initiatives and impact or are not necessary per security concerns;
  • Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy issues, including projects aimed primarily at research and evaluation that do not incorporate training or capacity-building for local civil society;
  • Micro-loans or similar small business development initiatives;
  • Initiatives directed towards a diaspora community rather than current residents of targeted countries.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315006

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