SUMMARY: The Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a call for statements of interest from organizations interested in being invited to submit proposals for projects to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law in China. This is an initial solicitation to ascertain organizations that may be interested in doing projects in China and does not constitute a request for proposals. Organizations invited to submit a proposal will have an opportunity to expand on their statements at a later date.
STATEMENTS OF INTEREST: The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) invites organizations to submit statements of interest of no more than two (2) pages outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects that will foster democracy, human rights, freedom of information, judicial independence, criminal and civil rule of law, civil society, freedom of the press, electoral reform, public participation, rights awareness, and media reform in the People?s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Funding for Taiwan projects will only be considered to the extent that they are matched from sources other than the United States Government. DRL also funds projects that support dissident relocation and will consider statements of interest on this issue. Statements should include the following information:
1) Brief description of the organization and other funding sources;
2) Project objectives, activities, desired outcomes and expected impact, including short and long term goals, measurement indicators and evaluation procedures.
Recipients should not submit a full budget at this time, but responses should indicate approximate project totals.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Bureau?s Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF) supports innovative, cutting-edge programs that uphold democratic principles, support and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, and build civil society in countries and regions of the world that are geo-strategically important to the U.S. HRDF funds projects that have the potential to have an immediate impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms. Projects should have potential for continued funding beyond HRDF resources. HRDF projects must not duplicate or simply add to efforts by other entities.
DRL is interested in funding projects to begin no earlier than September 30, 2005 (and not to exceed two years in duration. Twelve- to eighteen-month programs will be the preferred award period. The bulk of project activities must take place in-country; U.S-based activities or exchange projects are not encouraged. Projects that draw on resources from greater China will be considered, but the majority of activities should address the PRC, Hong Kong and/or Taiwan directly. Projects that have a strong academic or research focus will not be highly considered. DRL will not fund health, technology, environmental, or scientific projects unless they have an explicit democracy, human rights, or rule of law component. Projects that focus on commercial law or economic development will not be highly considered.
Pending availability of funds, approximately $15,000,000 is expected to be available under the FY 2005 Economic Support Funds through the HRDF for projects that address DRL objectives in China. The Bureau anticipates making awards in amounts of $250,000 - $900,000 to support program and administrative costs required to implement these programs.
Following a review of all submissions, organizations may be invited to submit full proposals. Invitations will be based on subjective evaluation of how the project meets the criteria outlined, U.S. foreign policy objectives, and priority needs of DRL.
DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
Applicants should submit statements of interest by e-mail to: DRL-PHD-Proposals@State.gov. Due to slow mail processing within the Department of State, we do not recommend submitting proposals via the U.S. postal system. Faxed documents will not be accepted at any time. All submissions must be received at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, January 28, 2005. NOTE: Due to new security restrictions, we are no longer able to accept hand-delivered or courier-delivered proposals.
This Call for Statements of Interest will also appear on the Bureau's website at http://www.state.gov/g/drl/ under Human Rights and Democracy Fund.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Please note in the description above that this is a Call for Statements of Interest not to exceed two pages. Following a review of all statements of interest, organizations may be invited to submit full proposals.
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Office of the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy