MEPI Local Grants of up to $150,000: Supporting CSOs/ NGOs in Selected Middle East and North African Countries

Deadline: 15 March 2016

The U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program seeks single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program. The Local Grants Program serves as a MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

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MEPI supports citizens’ efforts aimed at economic, social, and political empowerment; expanding opportunities for women and youth; and helping communities create positive change.  MEPI Local Grants promote greater freedom and opportunity for people in the region.

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza, and Yemen

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Areas of Interest

  • Strengthen civil society
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth
  • Strengthen the rule of law
  • Develop independent media in service to communities
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures

Award Information

  • Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement, Grant or Fixed Award
  • Maximum Award Amount: $150,000
  • Minimum Award Amount: $50,000

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in above mentioned countries.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invite applications from organizations working 3 with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.

How to Apply

  • Applicants interested in MEPI Local Grants funding must complete and submit the following four documents:
    • Application for Federal Assistance Form (SF-424)
    • Project Narrative
    • Budget Narrative
    • Budget Information Forms (SF-424a)
  • All submissions must include these components, and must be submitted in English.

For more information, please visit the Local Grant Programme.


  1. Avatar Bhagnarayan Jha says

    Respected mam,
    very good evening,
    Mam,(on personal basis) I have been working in the field of social Development sector in Rural as well as Urban areas under different National as well as International organization fro years.

    Besides, Have an organization named community development program estd. in 1998 and have been rendering various sorts of services in different Districts of Nepal in different sectors like; Income Generation, Health & Sanitation, forest, Irrigation, Women Human Right, Non formal Education, Environment.
    If anything can be done regarding any project please help me to be a part of shadow of your umbrella and would like to make you assure that I shall do my best to my assigned job efficiently and honestly. Mam, in fact doing social work is my passion but am very poor in reality which is not become possible yet.With Kind Regards, Bhagnarayan Jha