The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) to submit applications for projects that provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) communities with the tools to empower local movements and communities, prevent, mitigate, and recover from violence, discrimination, stigma, and human rights abuses, promote full social inclusion, or address critical issues of justice.
The overall goal of these funds is to advance the human rights of persons who face discrimination, violence, or abuse on account of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics in West Africa, Central Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and East Asia. DRL will consider proposals for regional or single country programs. Regional programming should be conducted in multiple target countries, as it is appropriate and safe to do so.
DRL invites organizations to submit proposals that respond to the Global Equality Fund’s strategic framework, which includes, but are not limited to the following areas:
- Freedom from Violence: LGBTQI+ individuals, organizations and communities are safe and secure from all forms of violence, including threats, intimidation, harassment, abuse, sexual violence, and psychological or physical harm.
- Access to Justice: Civil society works to ensure equal protection under the law through improved jurisprudence on the human rights of LGBTQI+ people and that the rule of law is fairly and consistently implemented and enforced to affirm and include LGBTQI+ people.
- Empowered & Inclusive Movements & Organizations: The LGBTQI+ community –alongside other grassroots human rights movements –secure their fundamental rights of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly.
- Social Inclusion: The human dignity of LGBTQI+ persons is affirmed and protected, and the community is included in economic and human development as equal members of society in line with guidance such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
- Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
- Award Floor: $750,000
- 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.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=337147