U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

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1) About

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) leads the U.S. efforts to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labour rights globally. It runs various programs such as: (1) the Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF), established by Congress in 1998, functions as a “venture capital fund” for democracy and human rights, enabling State to respond quickly and flexibly to changing needs and opportunities to advance democracy and promote human rights. Programs address conditions contributing to conflict, instability and terrorism such as poor governance, corruption and human rights abuses; or the (2) the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium (GACC), which brings together the capabilities of investigative journalists experienced in tracing corrupt networks, with that of anti-corruption advocacy groups that can ensure that corruption cases brought to light are able to catalyze meaningful local and international responses.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Human rights and governance
  • Conflict resolution
  • Labour rights
  • International religious freedom

3) Focus Countries

DRL operates in various countries worldwide.

4) Application Procedure

DRL funding is approximately $200,000,000 per year. They publish a high number of call for proposals each year on www.grants.gov and on the DRL website. RSOIs and RFPs are usually tailored to include specific target countries, themes and review criteria. DRL typically uses a two-step proposal system: (1) first a two-page concept paper or SOI is submitted. Review criteria and format requirements are included in each RSOI; (2) if successful, DRL requests these organisations to submit a full proposal, budget and budget narrative. The full proposal must respond to DRL’s Proposal Submission Instructions. Applications are done online and each applicant must have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Number (DUNS). Organisations may submit unsolicited proposals for countries or themes that are not covered in DRL’s RSOIs or RFPs, but please note that these proposals are considered on case-by-case basis as time, funding and priorities permit.

5) Contact

E: please use the online form

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