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15th Round of United Nations Democracy Fund: Call for Proposals

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 10, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 7, 2020

The 15th Round of United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) aims to support projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.

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).

The vast majority of UNDEF projects are delivered directly by civil society organizations (CSO). In this type of project, the CSO is responsible for the overall management of the project and bears all substantive, financial, monitoring, and reporting and evaluation responsibilities.

Projects fall under one or more of eight main areas:
1) Gender equality;
2) Community activism;
3) Rule of law and human rights;
4) Youth engagement;
5) Strengthening civil society interaction with Government;
6) Media and freedom of information;
7) Tools for knowledge;
8) Electoral processes.

In this Round, UNDEF particularly welcomes projects that address challenges to civic space and democracy as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Utilize This Offer

UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations — both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.

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.

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.

The majority of projects are granted no more than US$250,000.

UNDEF grants will be allocated for projects with default duration of two years.

The online application platform can face technical difficulties due to high volumes of applicants in the last few days before the deadline, it is the applicant's responsibility to apply in advance to avoid missing the deadline, and UNDEF will not grant extensions.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 10, 2020
Nov 10, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers that may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Nov 11, 2020
Nov 11, 2020

Thanks, Ana!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 11, 2020
Nov 11, 2020