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Applying for a NED Grant

To apply for a grant, read the information below about the NED Grants Program, important dates and deadlines. Then read the How to Apply section.

About the NED Grants Program

Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.

In 2012, NED funded about 1236 projects in 92 countries around the world. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000.

Who NED Funds

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 Types 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.

Dates and Deadlines

Upcoming Board of Directors meeting dates and proposal submission deadlines are as follows:

  Proposal Submission Deadline   Board of Directors Meeting

  October 3, 2014

  January 9, 2015

  January 16, 2015

  March 27, 2015

  April 3, 2015

  June 12, 2015

  June 19, 2015

  September 11, 2015

Proposals submitted after the deadline will be considered at the following Board Meeting.

Application Requirements

All applications must include the following items:

  • 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.


How to Apply

Prepare all of the materials listed above in Application Requirements.

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.

To apply by email:

Send all of the application materials by email to proposals@ned.org.

To apply by post:

Send all of the application materials to
National Endowment for Democracy:
Attn: Grant Proposals
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004 USA

To apply by fax:

+1 (202) 378-9407

Need Help?

If you need help with the proposal requirements or the online application system, contact proposals@ned.org.

If you have questions about your project and NED’s grant program, contact NED regional staff at the following addresses:

Africa: africaproposals@ned.org
Asia asiaproposals@ned.org
Europe: europe-eurasia@ned.org
Eurasia: europe-eurasia@ned.org
Latin America & Caribbean: americalatina@ned.org
Middle East & North Africa: menaproposals@ned.org
Global: globalproposals@ned.org

If you want to speak with someone, you may call NED at +1 (202) 378-9700.