NED funds only nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations.
NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions.
NED does not make grants to individuals, governmental bodies, or state-supported institutions such as public universities.
WHAT TYPE OF PROGRAMS NED SUPPORTS
NED is interested in proposals from local, independent organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to:
- Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law
- Support freedom of information and independent media
- Strengthen democratic ideas and values
- Promote accountability and transparency
- Strengthen civil society organizations
- Strengthen democratic political processes and institutions
- Promote civic education
- Support democratic conflict resolution
- Promote freedom of association
- Strengthen a broad-based market economy
All proposed projects must be consistent with NED’s general purposes as outlined in the NED STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES.
For more information on the types of programs NED supports in each region, please see WHERE WE WORK.
HOW FUNDING DECISIONS ARE MADE
Decisions are made on a quarterly basis by the NED Board of Directors. The Board considers the following factors:
- how a program fits within the Endowment’s overall priorities,
- its relevance to specific needs and conditions in a particular country,
- the democratic commitment and experience of the applicant.
How to Apply
Applicants must APPLY ONLINE and submit below required documents:
Read the STEP-BY-STEP ONLINE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.
When ready, click below to begin the online application process. You will be asked to create a user account for your organization. If you have previously applied online, you may log in using your organization’s existing account.
- PROPOSAL COVER SHEET (PDF) (DOC)
This form collects basic organizational information.
- Proposal Narrative
This is the written description of the project you would like to conduct with NED funds. Please follow the PROPOSAL GUIDELINES. You may prepare the Proposal Narrative in English or your local language. Proposals should be approximately 10 pages in length.
- Interim Assessment (for renewal proposals only)
This is an assessment of your organization’s previous NED grant, if any. It should be included as part of the proposal narrative.
- Proposal Budget
This is the financial description of the project you would like to conduct with NED funds and should correspond to the activities in the Proposal Narrative. Please follow the ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE and use the BUDGET TEMPLATE whenever possible.
- Registration Documents (if applicable)
Please include your Certificate of Registration or other documentation showing the legal status of your organization.If your organization is not registered, this documentation is not required. Instead, please include an explanation (in the Proposal Cover Sheet) as to why your organization is not registered and the status of any pending applications for registration.
To apply by email:
Send all of the application materials by email to PROPOSALS@NED.ORG.
Proposal Guidelines:: PDF
Budget Template:: XLS
Budget Sample:: PDF
Please right-click on the PDF/DOC link to ‘Save link as…’
Proposal Cover Sheet:: PDFDOC
Additional Guidance:: PDF
(Information on objectives, evaluation plans, and budget preparation)
Step-by-Step Online Application Instructions :: PDF
For more information please visit The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Grant’s site