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UNDEF Project Grants

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Civil Societies,
NGOs, and Other Organizations to Promote Democracy

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

Deadline Date:

12/01/20

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, independent and constitutional bodies, inter-governmental bodies, associations, and organizations for projects that promote democracy around the world. Funding is intended to support projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, advance human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.

The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations -- both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization. In this way, UNDEF plays a novel and unique role in complementing the UN's other, more traditional work - the work with Governments - to strengthen democratic governance around the world.

UNDEF-funded projects will be implemented principally at country level and in least developed, low or middle income countries. UNDEF also provides discrete funding to a number of regional and global projects promoting democracy.

Projects fall under one or more of the following eight areas:

  • Community Activism
  • Electoral Processes
  • Gender Equality
  • Media and Freedom of Information
  • Rule of Law and Human Rights
  • Strengthening Civil Society Interaction with Government
  • Tools for Knowledge
  • Youth Engagement 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177422

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant allocations will be of a minimum of $100,000 and not exceed $300,000 for any given project. The majority of projects are granted no more than $250,000.

Term of Contract:

In principle, UNDEF grants will be allocated for projects with default duration of two years. However, it is acceptable to UNDEF if a successful applicant completes a project in less than two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

UNDEF funds projects implemented by non-UN organizations, not individuals, profit-making or government entities. Eligible applicants must be duly constituted nationally or internationally and have legal status.

At the project proposal stage, you will be required to indicate the type of organization applying for funding:
(1) Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in promoting democracy,
(2) Independent and Constitutional Bodies,
(3) Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations other than the United Nations.

UNDEF’s priority is Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations. The organization must be legally constituted. UN accreditation is not a prerequisite to apply for UNDEF funding.

Projects may either take place in one country only (local) or occur in several specified states of a region or sub-region (regional) or intend to operate at the global level (global). Strong preference will be given to applicants from countries and regions where the challenges of democracy are more critical, such as countries emerging from conflict, new and restored democracies, the Least Developed Countries (as per the official classification of the UNOHRLLS), Low Income Countries (“Low Income Economies” as per the World Bank’s official classification based on Gross National Income per capita) and Middle Income Countries (“Lower and Upper Middle-income Economies”, idem).

UNDEF will not give priority to project proposals which focus on the following:
- Initiatives which do not promote democracy
- Initiatives filling a funding gap for on-going/regular programs and activities
- Projects focused primarily on research
- Projects that will be co-financed with other donors.

UNDEF funds projects, not project implementers. Please note therefore that salary, contractual services and miscellaneous costs should be modest.

UNDEF will not give priority to project proposals in which:
- A substantial part (more than 20%) of the budget relates to institutional recurrent costs (e.g. rent, utilities) and/or personnel costs.
- Equipment and hardware purchases are too high in the context of total project costs (e.g. the purchase of vehicles)

Pre-Application Information:

Project proposals will be accepted online only during the call for project proposals i.e. November 1, 2020 – December 1, 2020.

By the end of June 2021, all successful short-listed applicants will be notified.

The application procedure takes a two-stage approach: (1) Submission of a project proposal during the call for project proposals (2) development of a full project document.

By the end of June 2021, all successful short-listed applicants will be notified. Short-listed applicants should submit a completed project document based on the original project proposal within four weeks of the notification of the “approval in principle.”

Timeline:
- November 1, 2020: Call for Project proposals; online project proposal system open. The on-line proposal form is fairly short and simple, as you are not expected at this stage to draft a full project document.
- December 1, 2020: Deadline for Project proposals submission; Online Project Proposal System closed
- Early March 2021: UNDEF Office to compile the “long short-list”
- Mid-March 2021: UNDEF Programme Consultative Group (PCG) & UN Resident Coordinators (RCs) to provide comments
- Early May 2021: UNDEF’s Advisory Board to recommend short-list
- Early May 2021: UNDEF informs Permanent Missions of projects on short list
- Early June 2021: UNDEF submits recommended short list to Secretary-General for approval
- Mid-June 2021: Request to short-listed applicants to draft detailed project documents
- July-August 2021: Expected deadline for submission of detailed project documents
- September 2021: Project document negotiations begin between applicants and UNDEF office
- September-December 2021: First project documents finalized, first disbursements and projects start

All applicants are advised to submit well before the final few days of the call as the system becomes overloaded as a result of heavy use resulting in some applicants failing to submit on time.

UNDEF will not accept proposals submitted via email, regular post, facsimile, diplomatic or UN pouch, hand or courier delivery or any other channel. Project proposals can be submitted only in English or French, the two working languages of the United Nations.

For proposal guidelines and project proposal forms in French, see the URL for Full Text below.

About the 2020 application window: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/content/please-come-back-01st-november-apply-round-15-2020

Application and selection process: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/apply-for-funding

Tips and lessons for applicants: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/useful-tips-and-lessons-learned-future-applicants

FAQs: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/apply-for-funding-faqs

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Apply Online: https://undefapplication.force.com/portal/FGM_Portal__CommunitySignin?startURL=%2Fportal

For questions and technical support, please email info@undefapplication.org.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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