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National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Grants Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International
NGOs to Promote Democratic Values

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National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

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Grants averaging $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International nongovernmental organizations working to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide and advance democratic goals. Applications are invited from independent, local NGOs for non-partisan programs that seek to accomplish the following goals:

-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

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179280

Number of Grants:

Each year, NED makes more than 1,600 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant is around $50,000.

Term of Contract:

The average grant lasts 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NED funds only nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations.

NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions.

NED does not make grants to individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public universities.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals submitted after the deadline will be considered at the following Board Meeting. Applicants will be notified of the Board of Directors’ decision by email within one business week of the board meeting date.

-Proposals Submission Deadline: October 1, 2018
-Board of Directors Meeting: January 11, 2019

-Proposals Submission Deadline: December 21, 2018
-Board of Directors Meeting: March 29, 2019

-Proposals Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019
-Board of Directors Meeting: June 14, 2019

-Proposals Submission Deadline: June 21, 2019
-Board of Directors Meeting: September 6, 2019

All proposed projects must be consistent with NED’s general purposes as outlined in the NED Statement of Principles and Objectives:

More information on the types of programs NED supports in each region may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

To apply by email send all of the application materials by email to:

To apply by post, send all of the application materials to:

National Endowment for Democracy:
Attn: Grant Proposals
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004 USA

To apply by fax: +1 (202) 378-9407

If you need help with the proposal requirements or the online application system, contact

If you have questions about your project and NED’s grant program, contact NED regional staff at the following addresses:



Europe (Includes Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus):

Eurasia (Includes Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan):

Latin America & Caribbean:

Middle East & North Africa:


If you want to speak with someone, you may call NED at +1 (202) 378-9700.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.