Jan 25, 2005
Pre-Application/Proposal Submission and Deadline: Concept papers are not to exceed seven pages, and may be submitted in English, French or Arabic. While a full budget is not required at this stage, one may be attached to the pre-application. Applicants, however, must provide an estimate of the comprehensive annual cost of tasks and activities projected in the pre-application.
Selected pre-applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding consideration and may receive technical assistance in this process.
Submission: Civil Society application materials may be submitted to the U.S. Department of State, Laura Schulz, NEA/PI, mailing address: c/o Room 6258, 2201 C Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20520. Pre-applications must be by e-mail sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions by e-mail and either (1) mail (including express mail or overnight mail services), or (2) hand-carried by applicant couriers or by other representatives of the applicant, shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are submitted before 11:59 p.m. on the due date.
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NEA expects to award approximately 15 grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000. Awards, initially, may be funded for one year, with an option to extend for up to one additional year based on the achievement of performance metrics in the first year, availability of funds, and the best interests of the U.S. Government.
NEA reserves the right to award less, or more than the funds described, in the absence of worthy applications, or under such other circumstances as may be deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government.
Project and Budget Periods: These funds are intended for start-up or short-term initiatives. Proposed project periods may be up to 2 years. The initial budget period may be up to 17 months. Applications for continuation grants funded under these awards, beyond the initial budget period, will be entertained on a noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Department of State.
Regional civil society gatherings, most recently in Alexandria, Cairo and Beirut, have yielded a series of principles and reform priorities shared by civil society activists throughout the Middle East towards strengthening their role in advancing reform. These events, and other ongoing initiatives, have defined an important indigenous agenda whose ownership needs to remain rooted in the region. Civil society organizations and networks have a wealth of experience and human capital that can be further cultivated and strengthened with responsive, demand-driven support from those on the outside.
Notwithstanding individual country differences and the importance of understanding specific historical, cultural, socio-economic and political contexts, the broad expected outcomes of MEPI?s support for civil society include the ability of citizens to: exercise freedoms that are guaranteed and protected by law; access multiple and credible sources of information; participate in free, fair and competitive elections as voters and as candidates and to engage as active citizens with their governing institutions (executive, judicial and legislative) across the entire range of issues affecting the lives of individuals and communities; and the ability of women to participate fully in political, economic, and social spheres. MEPI will support efforts of civil society as a positive catalyst for reform towards these broad goals.
This RFA is focused on direct support of civil society organizations in the region, towards advancing priority issues identified by indigenous civil society groups. In the interest of complementing ongoing efforts, MEPI strategy will prioritize support for civil society coalitions and networks, regional initiatives, as well as programs in countries and sectors in which there has been less investment.
Background Information about MEPI: MEPI is a Presidential initiative to promote positive change in the Middle East and North Africa through diplomatic efforts and through results-oriented programs, both regional and specific to individual countries. Reform is of strategic, long-term importance to the national security interests of the United States and to the U.S. goal of ensuring that the people of the region experience the benefits that come with more open economies, greater educational opportunities, and political freedom. A key element of MEPI is creating links and partnerships with Arab, U.S. civil society, and governments to jointly achieve sustainable reform.
Additional Background Information: Proposals that offer full participation by women and/or youth are encouraged. All applicants are asked to include in their proposals under any pillar an explanation of how women and youth in particular will benefit, and, if this is not applicable, an explanation of why not.
In keeping with the President's Volunteers for Prosperity initiative, proposals that use highly skilled American volunteers are encouraged. The proposal should explain clearly how the volunteers will be used and, if this is not applicable, an explanation of why not.
Successful applicants will be expected to coordinate closely with the Department of State, NEA/PI, the MEPI regional offices in Tunis and Abu Dhabi, and relevant U.S. Embassies/Consulates, as appropriate, in the implementation of all aspects of their program.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
MEPI is seeking pre-applications outlining a detailed series of activities linked to reform, why these issues are a priority, and how these activities would build on expertise that already exists throughout the MENA region with sustainable impact.
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Portz, Anna Mary
Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative