National Endowment for Democracy Grants for NGOs

Deadline: 16 January 2015
Open to: NGOs and civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations
Grant: US $50,000


Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

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 nongovernmental 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.


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


All applications must include the following items:

  • Proposal Cover Sheet;
  • Proposal Narrative – This is the written description of the project you would like to conduct with NED funds. Proposals should be approximately 10 pages in length. You can download the Proposal Guidelines for additional help;
  • Proposal Budget – This is the financial description of the project you would like to conduct with NED funds and should correspond to the activities in the Proposal Narrative;
  • Registration Documents – Include your Certificate of Registration or other documentation showing the legal status of your organization.

You can send your application by registering here, or send the whole documentation to this email:

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 Deadline is 16 January 2015

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