Updated Apr 01, 2019CLOSED

Strengthening and Supporting Civil Society in Vietnam

Offered by U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support the expansion of civil society in Vietnam.
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CLOSEDApr 24, 2019Deadline
$500,000 - $750,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Implemented in:
Focus AreasDemocracy, Human Rights, and Governance

DRL seeks projects that include, but are not limited to, the following illustrative activities:

· Provision of support and capacity-building opportunities to civil society organizations and actors to conduct evidence-based advocacy and develop effective and sustainable strategies for engaging with local communities and government entities on policy and legal reforms;

· Raise awareness among elites and youth about civil and political rights guaranteed in Vietnam’s Constitution and international treaty obligations and commitments, and increase awareness of where laws, regulations, and policies that fall short of those rights;

· Provision of technical assistance and support to civil society organizations and actors to produce and disseminate high-quality, actionable policy research on rights-focused issues of broad concern to the Vietnamese public as a foundation for influencing the development of public policy and the legislative process;

· Foster locally-led advocacy efforts to cultivate support for legal reforms that repeal, amend, or decriminalize legal provisions used to discriminate against minority groups and/or criminalize the exercise of free expression, association, and assembly;

· Promote dialogue and joint action among civil society organizations, legal professionals, and other relevant stakeholders to foster legal and policy reform, including on current laws governing civic space to promote a more enabling environment for civil society;

· Empower civil society organizations, legal professionals, and other relevant stakeholders with the legal analysis and advocacy skillsets to enhance participation in political decision-making and the legislative process, including through commenting on draft laws and policies, as well as utilize existing laws to advance individual rights and transparent government;

· Provide opportunities for partnerships and linkages between local civil society organizations and relevant regional/international networks to exchange best practices and strategies for working on critical human rights issues

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

Other Requirements

Management TeamA proven ability to implement programs in Vietnam must be demonstrated. DRL prefers to fund activities of local civil society organizations to advocate for, and as appropriate, to help them partner with government interlocutors to deepen reform.

Application Directions

Applicants can find application forms, kits, or other materials needed to apply on www.grants.gov and SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.service-now.com) under the announcement title “DRL FY18 Strengthening and Supporting Civil Society in Vietnam” funding opportunity number “SFOP0005600.” Please contact the DRL point of contact listed in Section G if requesting reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or for security reasons. Please note that reasonable accommodations do not include deadline extensions.
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