Democracy Commission Small Grants Program 2021

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Funding Opportunity Number DOS-GEO-21-003-012621
Deadline for Applications: 03/15/2021
Assistance Listing Number: 19.900 — AEECA/ESF PD Programs
Total Amount Available: $450,000

THIS NOTICE IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING. 

  1. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi announces an open competition for Democracy Commission Small Grants Program (DemCom). The United States initiated in 1994 as a flexible mechanism to enable embassies to support local democratic initiatives in the countries of Central, Eastern Europe, and the post-Soviet States.

The implementing body at each mission is the Democracy Commission, chaired by the Deputy Chief of Mission and including the Public Affairs Officer, other members of the Country Team, and representatives of U.S. Government agencies.

Program Objectives: 

The purpose of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program is to award grants for specific projects that support democracy, enhance the development of democratic institutions and foster education of civil society in Georgia. Grants will be awarded to non-governmental, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and media organizations based and registered in Georgia.

The maximum amount of a grant is $50,000 per project. 

The project proposals must address at least one of the following themes: 

1. ECONOMIC GROWTH:

  • Rural Economic Development/Entrepreneurship Development
  • Tourism Development/Hospitality Management
  • Basic Education (Please see note below.)

2. GENDER EQUALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION:

  • Women Empowerment
  • Inclusion of Ethnic and Religious Minorities
  • Civic Integration of People with Disabilities/Inclusive Education
  • Protection of Children’s Rights and Child Welfare

3. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND MORE INFORMED CITIZENRY:

  • Journalism Education and Professionalism
  • Media Literacy Training and Production of High-Quality Independent Media Content
  • Capacity Building and Advocacy for Local SCOs
  • Cyber Security, Strategic Communications and Digital Diplomacy

NOTE: Basic education is new area of emphasis for the Democracy Commission small grants program in FY21.  Basic education projects may include strengthening public schools for grades 1-12 through teacher training and professional development or innovative programs for students including school libraries, science and language labs, and enrichment programs.  For more information on basic education strategies, please review the U.S. Government Education Strategy FY2019-2023 and the USAID Education Policy Program Cycle Implementation and Operational Guide)