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Statements of Interest for Internet Freedom Annual Program

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 21, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on November 14, 2021
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The U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) for programs that support the policy objective to support Internet Freedom.

DRL’s goal is to protect the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet by promoting fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support to civil society for technology, digital safety, policy and advocacy, and applied research programs.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. Applicant organizations must:
a) be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit / non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization; OR be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; OR be a for-profit organization or business;
b) have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs; and
c) have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.
2. Statements of Interest (SOIs) focused globally or focused on any region will be considered.
3. Applications should prioritize work in Internet-repressive environments.
4. SOIs regarding technology development should have clear regional human rights use-cases and deployment strategies for the target region(s).
5. SOIs focused on digital safety, advocacy, and research should also have region- or population-specific goals and priorities that are informed by clear field knowledge and expertise.

Funding Themes:
• Technology;
• Digital Safety;
• Policy and Advocacy;
• Applied Research.

SOIs can request more than USD$500,000 and less than USD$3,000,000.

Closing Date for Applications: November 15, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 21
Oct 21

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• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
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6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
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Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 22
Oct 22

Thanks, Ana.