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2017 UN Democracy Fund Call for Project Proposals

The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window. The next window is expected to be open from mid-November to mid-December 2017 at Only on-line proposals during this period, in either English or French, will be accepted. 

UNDEF projects are two years long.  Applicants can request a grant of  a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars.

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. 

Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding. Projects fall under one or more of eight main areas:      

  • Gender equality 
  • Community activism 
  • Rule of law and human rights 
  • Youth engagement 
  • Strengthening civil society interaction with Government 
  • Media and freedom of information 
  • Tools for knowledge 
  • Electoral processes 


In this Round, UNDEF particularly welcomes proposals in the areas of gender; rule of law; media; or electoral processes focusing on elections scheduled for 2020 at the earliest. 

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