The United Nations Democracy Fund is expected to open its next proposal window on 22 November 2019, to support projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.
The window is expected to remain open for a month. Only project proposals submitted on-line in either English or French, the two working languages of the UN, will be accepted.
Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations — both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.
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Projects fall under one or more of eight areas:
- Community Activism
- Rule of Law and Human Rights
- Electoral Process
- Gender Equality
- Media and Freedom of Information
- Strengthening Civil Society Interaction with Government
- Tools for Knowledge
- Youth Engagement
The on-line project proposal system can be accessed at the UNDEF website only during the annual window. Read the following documents: project proposal guidelines, lessons learned for applicants, frequently asked questions, blank project proposal form, and summaries of existing projects.
The on-line proposal form is fairly short and simple, as you are not expected at this stage to draft a full project document. Project proposals submitted by e-mail, regular post, facsimile, diplomatic or UN pouch, hand or courier delivery or any other channel will NOT be considered. Neither will project proposals in any language other than English or French.
Since 2006, UNDEF has supported almost 800 projects in over 120 countries at a total amount of almost US$190 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process, with fewer than two per cent of proposals chosen for funding.