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 a project that supports creating an enabling and inclusive environment where citizens can advocate for human rights and democratic governance. The program should provide short-term emergency financial assistance to allow individuals and groups (‘advocates’) who are not traditional human rights defenders by profession but are defending human rights at great risk to their personal safety, especially when advocating for transparency and/or exposing corruption or abuses of power.
Potential beneficiaries may include but are not limited to: academics, whistleblowers, public officials, members of the police / military, and witnesses for key humanrights related legal cases.
DRL staff would be substantially involved in program implementation and the focal point for receiving and approving all beneficiary requests in conjunction with the recipient.
- Award Ceiling: $ 987,650
- Award Floor: $ 987,650
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
- Period of Performance: 16 months
- The US government may:
- reject any or all applications,
- accept other than the lowest cost application,
- accept more than one application, and
- waive irregularities in applications received.
- DRL welcomes applications from US-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=337248