Updated Apr 30, 2019CLOSED

2019 MEPI Local Grants

Offered by U.S. Department of State

The MEPI Local Grants Program’s mission is to sustain the United States’ commitment to strengthen direct partnerships with local actors to promote prosperity and participatory governance.
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CLOSEDMay 21, 2019Deadline
$50,000 - $500,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Created inBahrain, Algeria, Lebanon, Qatar, Morocco, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Tunisia and Yemen
Implemented In:
CountryBahrain, Algeria, Lebanon, Qatar, Morocco, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Tunisia and Yemen
Focus AreasEntrepreneurship (Economic Growth and Trade)
Economic Empowerment (Gender)
Good Governance (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Citizen Participation (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Gender Equity (Gender)
Youth Engagement and Contribution (Youth)
Its objectives are to support civil society organizations in (1) developing, promoting, and implementing locally-designed solutions to self-identified environmental, economic, or social problems; (2) promoting inclusive economic growth that reaches marginalized communities, youth, and women; (3) advancing participatory governance through promoting citizens’ engagement and decision-makers’ willingness to work with citizen groups and civil society organizations; (4) improving civil society’s representation of the needs of citizens through collective action on the local level; (5) working towards gender parity in economics and politics; (6) increasing youth engagement in meaningful economic and civic activities; and (7) fostering innovative approaches to solving social, economic, or political issues.

Eligible applicants include local civil society organizations, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities.

1. Location Requirement: Only organizations that have an established local office in the country they propose to implement their project will be eligible to apply. Awards will be issued to the local office and not any partner or affiliate office that may be located outside of the country of implementation.
2. Formal Registration: Only organizations that formally operate in the country for which they are applying will be eligible.
3. Organizational Capacity: Applicants must be able to demonstrate meeting the following criteria:
Established for at least one (1) year; and
Managed at least one (1) project/initiative with donor funding (governmental, private, etc.).

Milestones Reached

Years in Operation1REQUIRED

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries
We encourage applications from organizations working with underserved communities, including women, people with disabilities, and youth.
Reporting RequirementsRecipients will, at a minimum, be required to submit Quarterly Performance Reports (QPR) and a Quarterly Financial Report (QFR). The QPRs will compare actual to planned performance and indicates the progress made in accomplishing each assistance award tasks/goals noted in the grant agreement and will contain analysis and summary of findings, both quantitative and qualitative, for key indicators. The QFRs provide a means of monitoring expenditures and comparing costs incurred with progress.REQUIRED

Application And Awards Process

Applicants must submit their complete application materials electronically through Grants.gov or via email to NEA-Grants@state.gov


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