Updated Dec 07, 2020CLOSED

Annual Program Statement for Statements of Interest for Human Rights, Accountability, and Access to Information in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Offered by U.S. Department of State as part of Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

DRL seeks projects that promotes human rights and accountability through the programmatic approach of fostering the free flow of information into, out of and within the DPRK. Illustrative program activities include:

  • Producing and transmitting radio broadcasts into North Korea, including managing the transmissions of radio broadcasts into North Korea on behalf of existing defector-led or Seoul-based organizations producing radio programs for North Korean audiences;

  • Producing content and/or acquiring existing content of interest to North Korean audiences;

  • Exploring new mechanisms or expanding existing mechanisms for sharing or consuming information and content;

  • Raising awareness of legal rights under existing DPRK domestic laws and its international human rights obligations;

  • Raising awareness of international best-practices and norms; and,

  • Promoting fundamental freedoms, including expression, movement, association, andpeaceful assembly.

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CLOSEDJan 15, 2021Deadline
$50,000 - $3,000,000Amount
6 to 42 monthsDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryKorea, North
Focus AreasDemocracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Rule of Law and Human Rights (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Communications and Media
Communication with Communities (Humanitarian Assistance)

Organizations submitting SOIs must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization; or

  • Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; or

  • Be a for-profit organization or business (noting there are restrictions on payment of fees

  • and/or profits under grants and cooperative agreements, including those outlined in 48 CFR 30, “Cost Accounting Standards Administration”, and 48 CFR 31, “Contract Cost Principles and Procedures”); and

  • Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs; and

  • Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

Milestones Reached

Countries Implemented In1REQUIRED

Application And Awards Process

Technically eligible SOIs are those which:

1) Arrive electronically via SAMS Domestic or Grants.gov by 11:59 PM EST on January 15, 2021; April 02, 2021; and September 17, 2021 under the announcement titled “Annual Program Statement for Statements of Interest for Human Rights, Accountability, and Access to Information in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”, funding opportunity number “SFOP0007424.” DRL reserves the right to review applications on a rolling basis and more frequently than the three identified deadlines. Organizations can submit SOIs for each round that DRL reviews SOIs regardless of the outcome of the previous SOIs. Applicants should be aware that SOIs received by April 02, 2021 will be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2021 whereas SOIs received after April 02, 2021 will likely be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2022 unless additional funding remains available for Fiscal Year 2021.

2) Are in English;

3) Heed all instructions and do not violate any of the guidelines stated in this solicitationand the PSI for Statements of Interest.


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