Regional Democracy Program


To support democracy and human rights in the Near East region.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Section 634 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Executive Order Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 110-161, U.S.C 7015.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Non-profit, for-profit organizations or state and local governments interested in partnering with the NEA/AC to promote democratic change in the Near East.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any award made using State/NEA funds requires the full complement of standard federal forms and budget documents, CVs of main program staff, as dictated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Administration, and the relevant OMB circulars. See for specific announcement. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Not applicable.
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 eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Pre-award coordination is required for all grantees applying for foreign assistance grants through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) . This coordination will take place between program officers in the field and the recipient agencies, or between program officers in Washington, DC and the recipient organizations. See for specific announcement. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. NEA/AC solicits proposals via program announcements posted on,, and on the websites of NEA/AC, and posts in the region. Iran programming implementers are selected through open competitions, directed, or limited solicitations. Occasionally, NEA/AC will issue sole source awards. NEA/AC also enters into a limited number of Interagency Acquisition Agreements with other U.S.G. Federal agencies. See for specific announcement.
Award Procedure
A technical review panel reviews proposals and scores them in accordance with published review criteria and determines priority program recommendations for final negotiation on the grant. Award procedures are defined by the U.S. Department of State, Administration Bureau in accordance with relevant OMB Circulars.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
From 90 to 120 days. Renewals must be coordinated with the State/NEA program officer, the Representative of State/Administration Bureau grants officer, and the recipient.
How are proposals selected?
Project specific, depends on the program. All awards are screened for terror finance and/or support per the relevant U.S. Department of State and federal guidelines and regulations. See for specific announcement.
How may assistance be used?
All funds for grants will comply with the restrictions on foreign assistance, as specified in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. See for specific announcement. This depends on the individual award.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Quarterly Progress Review Reports.
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 if applicable.
All project/program and financial records must be retained by awards recipients for three years.
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
Although the average length is 24 months, the specific length of time for Iran programming grant may vary from one award to another. Details for each can be found on the respective announcements. All assistance for Centralized Payments, Cash Management, Financial Reporting, Debt Management, and Audit Assistance is with the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Payment Management one of the two non-DoD grants payment systems for use by the entire Federal Government. All assistance is with the Division of Payment Management.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sara Curley
2430 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20037 US
Phone: (202) 776-8691
Fax: (202) 776-8500.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$34,123,653.00; FY 19 est $12,556,075.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range is $500,000 to $2,500,000 with an average of $1,500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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