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
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: Please see Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
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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Please see solicitation on OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Please see solicitation on Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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. Please see solicitation on Please see solicitation on
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program progress reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement. Financial reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement. Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement. Expenditure reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement. Please see solicitation on
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds may be drawn down as expenses are incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Doreen Mullady 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20520 Email: Phone: 202-663-3672
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
19-7290-1-0-101 - SEED; 19-7290-0-3-060 - AEEB; 19-7290-1-0-210 - DA; 19-7290-1-0-371 - Economic Support Funds; 19-1991-1-1-210 - Democracy Fund.
(Project Grants) FY 13 $64,000,000; FY 14 est $70,500,000; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
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Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: Please see Fiscal Year 2014: Please see Fiscal Year 2015: Please see


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