$50,000 NED Grants Program for Nongovernmental Organizations 2018


June 22, 2018

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Grants Program for Nongovernmental Organizations


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. 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 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.


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.

For more information on the types of programs NED supports in each region.


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


All applications must include the following items:

  • Proposal Cover Sheet (PDF). This form collects basic organizational information.
  • Proposal Narrative. This is the written description of the project the applicant would like to conduct with NED funds. Please follow the PROPOSAL GUIDELINES. The applicant may prepare the Proposal Narrative in English or his/her local language. Proposals should be approximately 10 pages in length.
  • Interim Assessment. (for renewal proposals only) This is an assessment of the applicant's organization’s previous NED grant, if any. It should be included as part of the proposal narrative.
  • Proposal Budget. This is the financial description of the project the applicant would like to conduct with NED funds and should correspond to the activities in the Proposal Narrative. Please follow the ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE and use the BUDGET TEMPLATE whenever possible.
  • Registration Documents (if applicable). Please include the Certificate of Registration or other documentation showing the legal status of your organization.

If the organization is not registered, this documentation is not required. Instead, please include an explanation (in the Proposal Cover Sheet) as to why your organization is not registered and the status of any pending applications for registration.


Prepare all of the materials listed above in Application Requirements. Read the STEP-BY-STEP ONLINE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS. When ready the applicant sould send the proposal application via only one method below. The applicant will be asked to create a user account for his/her organization. If the applicant has previously applied online, he/she may log in using his/her organization’s existing account.

When the documents are ready, begin the online application process. The applicant will be asked will be asked to create a user account for his/her organization. If the applicant has previously applied online, he/she may log in using the organization’s existing account.

  • To apply by email:

Send all of the application materials by email to PROPOSALS@NED.ORG.

  • 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

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

Eligible Countries
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Publish Date
March 22, 2018
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