Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.
In 2012, NED funded about 1236 projects in 92 countries around the world. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000.
NED is interested in proposals from local, independent organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to:
Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law
Support freedom of information and independent media
Strengthen democratic ideas and values
Promote accountability and transparency
Strengthen civil society organizations
Strengthen democratic political processes and institutions
Promote civic education
Support democratic conflict resolution
Promote freedom of association
Strengthen a broad-based market economy
All proposed projects must be consistent with NED’s general purposes as outlined in the NED STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES.
How Funding Decisions are made: Decisions are made on a quarterly basis by the NED Board of Directors. The Board considers the following factors:
how a program fits within the Endowment’s overall priorities,
its relevance to specific needs and conditions in a particular country,
the democratic commitment and experience of the applicant.
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