CfP: United Nations Democracy Fund 2020

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The UN Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding. Project proposals may be submitted on-line in English or French, the two working languages of the UN, between 1 November 2020 and 1 December 2020 at You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned for applicants here.

UNDEF supports projects that empower civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. Most UNDEF funding goes to local civil society organizations. In this way, UNDEF plays a distinct role in complementing the UN's other work -- the work with Governments -- to strengthen democratic governance around the world.

This is the Fifteenth Round to be launched by UNDEF, which provides grants of up to US$300,000 per two-year project. Since 2006, UNDEF has supported more than 800 two-year projects in over 100 countries at a total amount of over US$200 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process, with fewer than two per cent of proposals chosen for funding.

UNDEF invites project proposals covering one or more of eight thematic areas:

  • Gender equality
  • Community activism
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Youth engagement
  • Strengthening civil society interaction with Government
  • Media and freedom of information
  • Tools for knowledge
  • Electoral processes

In this Round, UNDEF particularly welcomes projects that address challenges to civic space and democracy as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Click here to view a template of the proposal form from a previous year.

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