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.
Each year, NED makes more than 1,600 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.
- Central & Eastern Europe;
- Latin America & Caribbean;
- The Middle East & North Africa.
- 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.
- Nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations;
- Applicant organizations should be working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions;
- Individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public universities are not eligible for the fund.
Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around USD 50,000.
For more information please visit the official website.