#FundingFriday: New Federal Grants Promoting Community Engagement, Independent Media, Fair Elections, and Religious Freedom Abroad

Below are five recent grant announcements from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

The grants focus on a range of community-strengthening initiatives abroad, including supporting justice reform in Tunisia and peaceful elections in Kenya.

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1. Department of State: FY 2017 Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to conduct a three-week, U.S.-based youth leadership program in April 2017 for 60 youth and adult mentors from the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Exchange activities will focus on civic education, leadership, diversity, and community engagement and address ways youth can unite around their common goals and lead inclusive change in their communities.

2. Department of State: Strengthening Independent Media in Bangladesh

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor requests proposals for programs that foster media independence, strengthen the capacity of independent media in the area of investigative journalism, and increase safety and support for journalists in Bangladesh.

3. Department of State: Supporting Justice Sector Reform in Tunisia

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that increase transparency of and accountability within the judicial process in Tunisia. DRL seeks to support projects that will enhance ongoing justice sector reforms in Tunisia by supporting civilian capacity to understand, oversee, and engage in these efforts. Programs will promote accountability in the judicial sector by strengthening the ability of key justice actors to collaborate and engage effectively on both the demand and supply sides.

4. Department of State: Support for Peaceful Elections in Kenya

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support the DRL policy goal to support free, fair, credible, and peaceful elections in Kenya in August 2017.

5. Department of State: Programs to Promote Religious Freedom

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support policy objective to promote international religious freedom.

Click here to browse the latest funding opportunities on Grants.gov.

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