The Division of Economic Affairs has advised that civil society organisations will soon be able to apply to the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) for funding for projects which advance and support democracy.

The annual proposal window will be open from Tuesday, November 15, to Thursday, December 15, at www.un.org/democracyfund. Only on-line proposals, in either English or French, will be accepted during this period.

UNDEF projects are for two years and applicants may request a grant of a minimum of US$100,000 or a maximum of US$300,000. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes.

Projects fall under one or more of seven main areas: Community Activism; Rule of Law and Human Rights; Tools for Knowledge; Women’s Empowerment; Youth Engagement; Media and Freedom of Information; and Strengthening Interaction with Government.

The majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organisations – both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratisation. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding.

To obtain more information, members of civil society organisations should visit http://www.un.org/democracyfund/application-materials.


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