Donor: U.S. Mission to Angola
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: ANG-ARDF-FY24-01
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 23.08.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 100.000$
Total available budget: 350.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 350.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Human Rights

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Sao Tome and Principe


1) Objective

The U.S. Embassy to Angola and Sao Tome e Principe in Luanda is pleased to announce the availability of an open competition funding opportunity to carry out a project to empower lawyers, legal professionals, and human rights defenders to advocate for access to justice for vulnerable populations and provide adequate defense in cases of human rights violations, particularly in cases related to freedom of speech and assembly and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders. The project aims to create a unified vision for the legal defense of human rights in Angola.

While the law states that all detainees have a right to legal counsel, either chosen by them or appointed by the government on a pro bono basis, legal professionals report that there are an insufficient number of lawyers to handle the volume of criminal cases. This situation is exacerbated for vulnerable populations (women, youth, underrepresented ethnic groups), detainees outside of Luanda, and cases involving sensitive human rights issues. This project should complement and build upon prior and ongoing work in these areas by international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but ideally would seek to meet challenges not currently being addressed by other projects.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants include U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public international organizations, higher education institutions, and for-profit entities. While prior experience working in Sao Tome e Principe and in similar projects is preferred, it is not mandatory. Preference is given to non-profit entities, though for-profit entities may be considered when suitable.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe.

4) Budget

The total program funding for the ARDF – Empowering Angolan Public Defenders project is $350,000. The funding range for the award is between $100,000 and $350,000, with no cost-sharing or matching requirement.

5) Application

Applications must be submitted by August 23, 2024. Detailed information and application instructions can be accessed through the U.S. Embassy to Angola and Sao Tome e Principe. Prospective applicants can reach out to the embassy via email for additional guidance and support.

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