The very first step you need to take (even before you begin writing your proposal for funding) is to go the United Nations Democracy Fund website and read the information provided about this specific funding opportunity.
Reading information provided by the United Nations Democracy Fund will give you a complete understanding of the required proposal submission guidelines. It may also give you some ideas to help you develop and submit a successful proposal.
About the United Nations Democracy Fund
What is the UNDEF? Started by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2005, the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDF) supports projects around the world that focus on the following:
- Strengthening the voice of civil society
- Promoting human rights
- Encouraging the participation of all group in democratic processes
Purpose: The purpose of the United Nations Democracy Fund is to financially support projects that support and advance democracy. Projects must come under one or more of the following six main areas:
- Community development
- Rule of law and human rights
- Tools for democratization
What Types of Projects Are Fundable? The UNDF funds projects related to democracy and civil society empowerment, such as: the empowerment of women, citizen’s access to information, voter registration, civic education, and much more.
Examples of previously funded projects include:
- Constitutional Reform: Support to Constituent Assembly in Zambia
- Promoting Human Rights through Providing Access to Information for Marginalized Women in Zimbabwe.
- Raising Civic Awareness Among Youth: Participation & Community Service in Yemen
Additional examples of previously funded projects can be found by searching the UNDF Projects Database.
Funding Available: Projects range from $50,000 to $400,000. The average project is $200,000.
Where does the funding come from? All funding for UNDEF projects is from voluntary contributions.
Length of Projects: Projects are for two years or less.
Application Dates: Proposals can be submitted between 15 November 2014 through 31 December 2014.
How to Apply: Proposals are only accepted on-line during the application date period. Proposals can be submitted in either English or French.
Where to Apply: Proposals must be submitted on-line during the application date window at the UNDEF websit.
Who Can Apply? The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for funding:
- Civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that promote democracy. This category traditionally receives most of the funding.
- Independent and constitutional bodies such as election commissions, ombudsman institutions, national human rights institutions, and other independent governance bodies.
- Global and regional inter-government bodies, associations, and organizations other than the United Nations.
- If you are not sure if your organization is eligible to apply for UNDEF funding, go to the website UNDEF website.
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