National Endowment for Democracy Grants

Deadline: December 19th, 2022.

About NED Grants

Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. Each year, NED makes more than 2,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 100 countries. NED funds only nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations. NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions. NED does not make grants to individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public university

Programs NED Support

NED is interested in proposals from local, independent organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to:

  • Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law
  • Support freedom of information and independent media
  • Strengthen democratic ideas and values
  • Promote accountability and transparency
  • Strengthen civil society organizations
  • Strengthen democratic political processes and institutions
  • Promote civic education
  • Support democratic conflict resolution
  • Promote freedom of association
  • Strengthen a broad-based market economy

All proposed projects must be consistent with NED’s general purposes as outlined in the NED STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVESFor more information on the types of programs NED supports in each region, please see WHERE WE WORK.

Application Requirements:

Applications must include the following items:

    This form collects the same basic organizational information.
    This form collects project specific information.
  • Proposal Narrative
    Please follow the PROPOSAL GUIDELINES to prepare in advance the Proposal Narrative in English or your local language. The narrative should describe the project.
  • Proposal Budget
    This is the financial description of the project you would like to conduct with NED funds and should correspond to the activities in the Proposal Narrative. Please follow the PROPOSAL GUIDELINES for additional instructions and use the Microsoft Excel BUDGET TEMPLATE whenever possible. You will attach this file to your online application.
  • Registration Documents (if applicable)
    Please include your Certificate of Registration or other documentation showing the legal status of your organization. If your organization is not registered, this documentation is not required. Instead, please include an explanation (in the transmittal email) as to why your organization is not registered and the status of any pending applications for registration.

NOTE: we are rolling out the Organization Profile Form and the Application Proposal Form as part of our transition to an online application and grantee portal. If you are unable to complete these forms,
Please use the PROPOSAL COVER SHEET instead. In your email transmitting your documents, we would appreciate it if you could provide feedback on the Organization Profile and Application Proposal Forms, so we can improve the forms for future use.

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, please complete the required forms and write a narrative proposal describing your project. Submit the forms and proposal via email or secure communication to the appropriate address based on the region in which your project will take place: Africa: AFRICAPROPOSALS@NED.ORG Asia: ASIAPROPOSALS@NED.ORG Eurasia: EURASIAPROPOSALS@NED.ORG Europe: EUROPEPROPOSALS@NED.ORG Latin America & the Caribbean: AMERICALATINA@NED.ORG Middle East & North Africa: MENAPROPOSALS@NED.ORG Global (takes place in more than one country not in the same region): GLOBALPROPOSALS@NED.ORG To apply by post: Send all of the application materials to National Endowment for Democracy:
Attn: Grant Proposals
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA To apply by fax: +1 (202) 378-9407

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