Updated Aug 08, 2019CLOSED

Democracy Commission Small Grants Program in Albania

Offered by U.S. Department of State

The Democracy Commission Small Grants Program, administered by the Public Affairs Section, supports initiatives of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged throughout Albania in a variety of fields, including:
Good Governance
Investigative Journalism
Human Rights/Minority Rights
Empowerment of Women and Youth,
Combatting Human Trafficking
Electoral Reform
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CLOSEDAug 15, 2019Deadline
$30,000 - $50,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented in:
Focus AreasHumanitarian Assistance
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Economic Growth and Trade
The small grants program is for non-governmental activities that promote grassroots democracy.

The Democracy Commission will assess the following when evaluating grant proposals:

The project proposal demonstrates that the organization has sufficient expertise, skills and human resources to implement the project.
The organization demonstrates that it has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it with specificity and clarity.
The organization has consulted relevant resources, experts and potential partner organizations during the project’s design phase.
The organization has identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups in a way that maximizes project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope.
The project’s idea and approach are innovative, yet capable of being completed with the program period. Proposed project activities must be concrete, detailed, and supported by a reasonable work plan.
The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.” Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget. The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates.
The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase using concrete quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.
The project proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure maximum sustainability of the project’s results after its completion.
Past performance, including U.S. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible use of resources, and an ability to follow through with project aims.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of Funds
These grants may NOT be used to:
fund American organizations and individuals
fund activities for which there are existing programs
provide for long-term infrastructural needs
provide direct social services to populations
Financial Statements
Budgets should be submitted in US dollars.
Democracy Commission does NOT fund projects such as the following:

Fund-raising campaigns
Humanitarian assistance projects
Scientific research projects
Projects that duplicate existing projects being implemented by an organization
Projects submitted by for-profit, commercial organizations
Projects that support partisan political and/ or religious activity
Conferences and individual trips abroad
Trade activities

Application Directions

Please submit your application package through email. Application forms are available on the funding site.


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