MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement

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MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement: The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through MEPIs Local Grants program. In applying for a local grant, please follow all instructions below carefully. Purpose of Local Grants: Local grants promote reform and civic activism at the local and national levels in countries of the Middle East and North Africa, build the institutional capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and strengthen civil society. Local grants are implemented by members of civil society, including NGOs, civic groups, reform networks, and academic institutions that are committed to supporting democratic values and the active participation of all individuals in social, political, and economic life. Local grants are typically awarded only to local, not international, organizations. Funding is available for projects that protect and advance civil liberties especially political and civic rights, empower women and youth, strengthen the rule of law, develop independent and pluralistic media, foster economic opportunity and economic reform, and promote an educated, active, and informed citizenry. Local grant projects are intended to support quick impact activities. They generally are completed in one year and should be designed to carry out proposed activities and make an impact within that one-year period. Proposed local grant projects should involve activities in one or more of the following areas: _Advocacy by civil society, NGOs, and professional associations, including grassroots level and community organizations, to promote legal or political reforms and raise public awareness of democratic values and processes. _Development of networks, partnerships, and coalitions that could include local NGOs, civil society organizations, government officials, and/or the business community to promote reform. _Expansion of opportunities for youth (ages 15-24), particularly those that to provide practical, hands-on experience in civic engagement, public service, and volunteerism, and that help to improve local communities. _Expansion of womens participation in public life at the local, regional, and national levels. _Promotion of the rule of law, including rights education, education of legal professionals, and advocacy activities to expand civic rights and to ensure legal judicial systems protect the rights of all individuals. _Promotion of legal frameworks and processes that expand citizen participation in politics and public life. _Promotion of good governance, including anti-corruption efforts and initiatives to promote government transparency and integrity. _Promotion of public awareness of current political issues and processes, including voter education. _Development of media institutions that defend the public interest and provide credible and diverse sources of information. _Promotion of economic reform that expands economic opportunity especially for youth, including promoting entrepreneurship and commercial and legal reforms, as well as workforce development training. _Expansion of educational opportunities, including civic education activities that promote tolerance of different views, respect for democratic values and institutions, protection of ethnic and religious diversity, leadership development, and community service. For illustrative examples of local grants, MEPI maintains a list of current and previously funded MEPI Local Grant Projects on our Regional Office websites: www.abudhabi.mepi.state.gov and www.medregion.mepi.state.gov
Federal Grant Title: MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement
Federal Agency Name: Middle East Partnership Initiative
Grant Categories: Community Development Education Employment Labor and Training Law Justice and Legal Services Regional Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: NEAPI-11-AW-037-MENA-100111
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement Grant
CFDA Numbers: 19.500
CFDA Descriptions: Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
Current Application Deadline: Rolling closing dates
Original Application Deadline: Rolling closing dates
Posted Date: Oct 03, 2011
Creation Date: Feb 07, 2012
Archive Date: Nov 30, 2012
Total Program Funding: $7,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $150,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $25,000
Expected Number of Awards: 100
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Eligible applicants include local representatives of civil society, including: individuals, non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector organizations, and universities based in the eligible countries. Any organization with a headquarters office located outside the eligible countries will not be considered. Eligible countries and territories include: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.
Grant Announcement Contact
Federal Agency Contact: Email: ABUDHABIMEPI@state.gov Federal Agency Contact: Email: MEPI-MEDREGION@state.gov
Regional Offices Emails [ABUDHABIMEPI@state.gov, MEPI-MEDREGION@state.gov]
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