National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman presents the Oxi Day Award to Jamel Bettaieb of Tunisia. Photo by: The Washington Oxi Day Foundation / CC BY-NC-SA

The National Endowment for Democracy, a private nonprofit foundation focused on the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world, is accepting proposals for grants on programs targeting the advancement of human rights, an independent media, the rule of law and other democratic goals.

NED is open to applications for financial support from activist organizations in diverse situations, such as transitional countries where the goal is democratic consolidation, authoritarian countries where the goals are liberalization, and the protection of human rights.

Funding decisions are made quarterly by the NED board of directors. In addition to evaluating how a program fits within the endowment’s overall priorities, the board considers factors such as the urgency of a program, its relevance to specific needs and conditions in a particular country, and the democratic commitment and experience of the applicant.

All grant applications must be submitted by June 22, 2012 to be considered for approval at the September 2012 board meeting. To apply for a grant, submit a proposal cover sheet, proposal and budget to  or to the appropriate regional program contact person at the NED. The endowment can only process incoming proposals if they are accompanied by a proposal cover sheet, downloadable here.

For complete proposal guidelines, click here.

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  • Louie-An Pilapil

    Louie-An is a former senior development analyst at Devex Manila. She has held consulting and editorial positions at the Asian Development Bank in Manila and a business-to-business media company in Hong Kong and mainland China.

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