Funding brief: The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window.
UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote 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.
Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding. Projects fall under one or more of eight main areas:
● Gender equality
● Community activism
● Rule of law and human rights
● Youth engagement
● Strengthening civil society interaction with Government
● Media and freedom of information
● Tools for knowledge
● Electoral processes
In this Round, UNDEF particularly welcomes proposals in the areas of gender; rule of law; media; or electoral processes focusing on elections scheduled for 2020 at the earliest.
Donor Name: The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: The deadline to submit project proposals is 20th, December, 2017 (11:59pm New York Time).
Funding details link: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/apply-funding
Funding limit: Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: UNDEF projects are two years long.
Eligible organization: As below
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 (see 1 above). The organization must be legally constituted. UN accreditation is not a prerequisite to apply for UNDEF funding. UNDEF encourages local CSO’s to submit high quality project proposals.
Eligible Country: 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 (http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/cdp/ldc/ldc_list.pdf) (as per the official classification of the UNOHRLLS), Low Income Countries (https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519) (“Low Income Economies” as per the World Bank’s official classification based on Gross National Income per capita) and Middle Income Countries (https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519) (“Lower and Upper Middle-income Economies”, idem).
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● Apply: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/window-new-project-proposals-2017
● Guideline: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/sites/www.un.org.democracyfund/files/R12%20Guidelines%20Project%20Proposal%20EN_0.pdf
● Form: https://www.un.org/democracyfund/sites/www.un.org.democracyfund/files/UNDEF%20EN%20Project%20Proposal%20Blank%20Form.pdf
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (https://en.undefapplication.org).
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