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Democracy Commission Small Grants Program Competition 2017, Armenia

Publish Date: Nov 29, 2016

Deadline: Jan 23, 2017

The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the Democracy Commission Small Grants program competition for fiscal year 2017 to support initiatives to help in the development of democracy, respect for human rights, and civic education in Armenia pending funding availability.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that focus on one or more of the following:

  • Enhance cooperation among the media, civil society, and the general public to eliminate different forms of corruption;
  • Advance human rights, especially those with a focus on minorities and vulnerable groups within society, including individuals with disabilities, victims of gender-based violence, refugees, and members of the LGBTI community;
  • Promote opportunities for women and integrate women into decision-making processes within their communities, especially those with a focus on young women;
  • Promote good governance and civic participation;
  • Promote independent, diverse and pluralistic media development in Armenia, including investigative journalism;
  • Promote importance of entrepreneurship and boost entrepreneurial skills;
  • Promote reconciliation and development of partnerships between the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan and/or Turkey.

Projects should have a direct relevance to the development of democratic institutions and should be sufficiently specific about the impact of the proposed activities on the democratic development of Armenia.

Grants should be used to carry out specific, concrete projects.  These projects should further the long-term goals of the organization.  Project proposals should describe specific objectives, outcomes and intended audience, and should include a beginning and ending date of the project, which should not exceed twelve months. We encourage cooperative projects between partnering NGOs.


Eligible Applicants: Non-governmental, non-for-profit organizations (NGOs) and independent media outlets.
Grants may not be used for partisan political activities.


Application procedure

All applications must be written in English and should be delivered to U.S. Embassy (1 American Avenue, Yerevan) or e-mailed to by January 23, 2017, 18:00 PM.
Hours of operation of the U.S. Embassy are from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. The Embassy is closed on official holidays.
If you submit the application electronically you should receive an automated confirmation.


Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated according to the relevance of the proposed project to the Democracy Commission Small Grants program goals, the extent to which the project has clearly formulated objectives and target groups, and the ability of the applying organization to carry out the project aims. Final approvals from responsible offices in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. are obtained before the grants are signed.

Link to Additional Information 
Application forms and program guidelines can be obtained at the U.S. Embassy website:

Presentations about the Competition

The U.S. Embassy will be holding informative presentations for local NGOs and media representatives throughout Armenia to talk about the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program Competition. Presentation dates and locations can be found at the U.S. Embassy website and official Facebook page.

Contact Information

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Liana Sahakyan:; tel. (37410) 49 43 11

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