U.S. Department of State, Bureau of DRL: IRF Nigeria Grant Program

Deadline: 1 April 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 applications for projects that aim to decrease interreligious violence and intercommunal mistrust in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.

DRL’s goal is to decrease interreligious violence and intercommunal mistrust in Nigeria’s Middle Belt prompted by hate speech, misinformation or rumors focusing on religious differences and disseminated through traditional media or online. Competitive proposals should acknowledge the intersectional nature of societal tensions and should encourage societal actors to use critical thinking skills to separate religious and non-religious disputes. Proposals should also ensure voices of diverse groups, including women, youth, and others, participate in meaningful efforts to mitigate conflict and promote mutual understanding.


  • Countering hate speech spread on-line (including social media and messaging apps) or via traditional media with positive messaging or in-person engagement while preserving the exercise of free speech.
  • Creating positive public messaging campaigns to dispel negative stereotypes and misinformation while respecting freedom of religion and speech;
  • Educating religious leaders, community leaders, and the general public on media literacy;
  • Promoting critical thinking and leadership skills for community members prone to instigating violence;
  • Establishing networks for interfaith action to promote mutual understanding and identify and counter early warning signs of violence or mistrust.

Funding Information

  • Award Ceiling: $641,975
  • Award Floor: $600,000

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.

How to Apply

Applicants can find application forms, kits, or other materials needed to apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312843

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