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.
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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.
For more information, please visit https://www.un.org/democracyfund/content/call-project-proposals