UN Democracy Fund

Deadline: 31 December 2015
The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window, which opens 15 November. Grants are open to: Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, Independent and Constitutional Bodies, Global and Regional inter-government bodies.

The United Nations Democracy Fund was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations — both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.

Grants Range
UNDEF projects are two years long with project grants ranging from $100,000 to $400,000.

Focus Areas

Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding. Projects fall under one or more of seven main areas:

Community Activism
Rule of Law and Human Rights
Tools for Knowledge
Women’s Empowerment
Youth Engagement
Media and Freedom of Information
Strengthening Interaction with Government

Eligibility Criteria
The following institutions are eligible for UNDEF grant funding:
Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, engaged in promoting democracy. These are anticipated to receive the bulk of the funding.
Independent and Constitutional Bodies, including Election Commissions, Ombudsman Institutions, National Human Rights Institutions and other independent governance bodies, for project proposals facilitating the inclusion of the voice of civil society.
Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations other than the United Nations, for project proposals which strengthen the voice of civil society.

Application Process
The on-line project proposal system can be accessed through the website. Only on-line proposals, in either English or French, will be accepted.

For more information, and online submission please visit UN Democracy Fund: http://www.un.org/democracyfund/apply-funding