NED Grants for NGOs Working for Democracy

Deadline: 4 April; 20 June 2014
Open to: international NGOs working for the promotion of human rights and democracy
Grants: vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months is around $50,000


Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of non-governmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. In 2012, NED funded about 1236 projects in 92 countries around the world.

NED is interested in proposals from local, independent organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to:

  • Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law;
  • Support freedom of information and independent media;
  • Strengthen democratic ideas and values;
  • Promote accountability and transparency;
  • Strengthen civil society organizations;
  • Strengthen democratic political processes and institutions;
  • Promote civic education;
  • Support democratic conflict resolution;
  • Promote freedom of association;
  • Strengthen a broad-based market economy.


NED funds only non-governmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations. NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions.

NED does not make grants to individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public universities. Decisions are made on a quarterly basis by the NED Board of Directors. The Board considers the following factors:

  • how a program fits within the Endowment’s overall priorities;
  • its relevance to specific needs and conditions in a particular country;
  • the democratic commitment and experience of the applicant.


Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months is around $50,000.


All applications must include the following items:

  1. Proposal Cover Sheet;
  2. Proposal Narrative;
  3. Interim Assessment (for renewal proposals only);
  4. Proposal Budget;
  5. Registration Documents (if applicable).

Prepare all of the materials listed above and read the Step-by-Step Online Application Instructions.

When ready, click here to begin the online application process. You will be asked to create a user account for your organization. If you have previously applied online, you may log in using your organization’s existing account.

It is also possible to apply by fax (+1 202 378-9407) or by post:

Attn: Grant Proposals
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004 USA

Next deadlines are 4 April 2014 and 20 June 2014.

For more information visit the official website.

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