International Programs to Support Democracy, Human Rights and Labor


DRL funds targeted democracy and human rights programs to address human rights abuses globally, where fundamental rights are threatened; open political space in struggling or nascent democracies and countries ruled by authoritarian regimes; support civil society activists worldwide; and protect at-risk populations, including women, religious minorities, disabled, indigenous, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. In addition, DRL funds efforts across the globe to facilitate successful and sustained transitions to democracies, where civil and political rights are respected, and there is a process for transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act 2009
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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Beneficiary Eligibility
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What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Please see solicitation on
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Please see solicitation on
Award Procedure
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Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
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How may assistance be used?
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor’s Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF) supports innovative, “venture capital” programs that uphold democratic principles, support and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, and build civil society. DRL focuses its work in countries with egregious human rights violations, where democracy and human rights advocates are under pressure and where governments are undemocratic or in transition. The Bureau's programmatic strategy is to primarily work with local civil society, including independent media, to support those working to strengthen democratic institutions and promote accountability.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Please see solicitation on
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available for up to 3 years. HRDF funds are accessible through the Payment Management System operated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Funds may be drawn down as expenses are incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Chloe O'Kelly
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520 US
Phone: 202-663-3672
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22 Estimate Not Available FY 23 Estimate Not Available FY 24 Estimate Not Available FY 21 Estimate Not Available FY 20$395,428,597.00; FY 18$395,428,597.00; FY 19 est $30,412,199.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 Estimate Not Available FY 15 Estimate Not Available - Please see solicitation on
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
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Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015 Please see


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