U.S. Mission to Armenia: Democracy Commission Small Grants Program Competition


Deadline: 21 February 2019

The U.S. Embassy, Yerevan of the U.S. Department of State has announced an open competition for proposals that aim to develop democracy, promote respect for human rights, and support civic education in Armenia.

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Program Objectives

The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the first round of the 2019 Democracy Commission Small Grants Program competition. The program supports initiatives that develop democracy, promote respect for human rights, and support civic education in Armenia.

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Special consideration will be given to proposals that focus on one or more of the following:

  • Support transparency and accountability in governance;
  • Develop independent, diverse, and pluralistic media in Armenia;
  • Advance human rights, especially those with a focus on minorities and vulnerable groups within society;
  • Enhance cooperation among the media, civil society, and the general public to eliminate different forms of corruption;
  • Enhance economic growth and development, including entrepreneurship and tourism in Armenia;
  • Promote reconciliation and lasting partnerships between the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan and/or Armenia and Turkey, including plans for continued cooperation after the project ends; and
  • Strengthen labor rights protection in Armenia.

All projects should explain how the proposed activities impact Armenia’s democratic development and further the long-term goals of the organization. Project proposals should describe specific objectives and expected outcomes. Proposals focused primarily on training or capacity building will not be considered unless the training will lead to concrete, measurable outcomes. Collaborative projects between partnering NGOs are strongly encouraged.

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Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $450,000
  • Award Ceiling: $50,000
  • Award Floor: $5,000

Participants and Audiences

Please be specific when mentioning the target audience(s) of your proposed project, including demographic information and the approximate number of beneficiaries to be directly and indirectly impacted by project activities.

Program Performance Period

Proposed programs should be completed within 12 months of the project start date. The Department of State will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility Criteria

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Armenian not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations;
  • Independent media outlets registered in Armenia.

How to Apply

  • All applications must be written in English.
  • Attachments:
    • One-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program;
    • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner;
    • If your organization has a NICRA and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file;
    • Official registration documents;
  • For the full application, the standard application package, consisting of the standard forms, i.e., SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, is available at the given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311481

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