Donor base: United States
Application procedure: Online Application
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Annual number of calls: Up to 10

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants
Annual funding volume: Up to $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Children & Youth
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) About

United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) was established by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Anann in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization. In this way, it plays a novel and unique role in complementing the UN’s other, more traditional work with Governments to strengthen democratic governance around the world. UNDEF subsists entirely on voluntary contributions from Governments. The Secretary General has The Advisory Board which provides policy guidance on the development of program frameworks and funding guidelines, and recommends funding proposals for his approval.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Community activism
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Youth engagement
  • Media and freedom of information
  • Strengthening civil society capacity for interaction with government
  • Tools for knowledge

3) Focus Countries

UNDEF supports activities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

4) Application Procedure

UNDEF invites civil society organisations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window, which is open normally from mid November to mid or end of December. Only on-line proposals during this period, in either English or French, are accepted. The grants are 2 years long  ranging  from $100,000-$300,000. 50-60 projects are selected annually. Fewer than 2% of all applications are funded. Proposals from all countries as well as regional and global initiatives are considered. However, strong preference is given to applicants from countries and regions that are in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization, in particular countries emerging from conflict, new and restored democracies, least developed countries and low or middle income countries.

5) Contact

United Nations Democracy Fund
1 United Nations Plaza, Room DC1-1300
New York, NY 10017

T: +1 212 963 3399
F: +1 212 963 1486
E: democracyfund(a)un.org


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