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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, NGOs
and IHEs for Religious Freedom Projects in Eligible Regions

Supporting Religious Equality and Protection in Bangladesh

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

Deadline Date:

02/14/22 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International NGOs, IHEs, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations for projects that support religious freedom in eligible regions. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that will lead to reforms that will improve religious freedom in Bangladesh.

DRL’s goal is to support equal protection for religious minorities in Bangladesh through addressing inter-communal tensions and inequalities among religious communities, including legal discrimination and accountability and justice for violence against members of minority religion communities. The government sometimes fails to hold accountable the perpetrators of mob violence against minority Hindu, Christian, Ahmadi, and Humanist communities.  Ineffective judicial and land registry systems have resulted in numerous property and land ownership disputes, as well as forced evictions of minority religious communities. The Constitution of Bangladesh designates Islam as the state religion but upholds the principle of secularism, prohibits religious discrimination and provides equality for all religions.  The government does not uniformly implement religious freedom laws, making religious minority communities vulnerable to violence and contributing to distrust the credibility of legal options available to them.  In keeping with its constitutional responsibilities, the government of Bangladesh should support the protection of religious minorities and ensure the legal system does not discriminate against them.

Program outcomes could include but are not limited to:

  • Increased awareness and understanding among government officials, security and law enforcement, and legal actors of the value and importance of human rights, mutual respect, and inclusion for all persons, regardless of one’s religion, beliefs, or non-belief;
  • Government stakeholders, legal actors, and law enforcement build working relationships with religious rights activists and community actors, including those from minority religions, belief or non-belief communities and individuals;
  • Governments and law enforcement are responsive to advocacy to protect freedom of religions, beliefs, or non-belief;
  • Persons from all religions, beliefs, and non-belief have equitable access to legal services;
  • Government, security and legal actors reduce discriminatory laws and practices.

Illustrative activities may include:

  • Providing training to government, judicial, and law enforcement actors on the national and international legal framework on freedom of religion or belief to improve implementation of laws and provide access to justice for all citizens, including members of religious minorities;
  • Engaging with law enforcement or government officials to address community concerns to reduce and prevent mob violence;
  • Convene multi-stakeholder policy dialogues with civil society, legal experts, government officials, faith-based organizations, and believers and non-believers on religious freedom to counter mob-violence and discrimination issues.
  • Undertaking trial monitoring and observation of religious freedom cases, including land ownership, forced eviction disputes, and other religious discrimination issues, to highlight to national, regional and international stakeholders potential legal or policy solutions to limit discrimination.

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GrantWatch ID#: 200540

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Total Funding Ceiling: $740,740

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 22-30 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.

DRL will not consider applications that reflect any type of support for any member, affiliate, or representative of a designated terrorist organization. Project activities whose direct beneficiaries are foreign militaries or paramilitary groups or individuals will not be considered for DRL funding given purpose limitations on funding.

Activities that are not typically allowed include, but are not limited to:
- The provision of humanitarian assistance;
- English language instruction;
- Development of high-tech computer or communications software and/or hardware;
- Purely academic exchanges or fellowships;
- External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months;
- Off-shore activities that are not clearly linked to in-country initiatives and impact or are not necessary per security concerns;
- Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy issues, including projects aimed primarily at research and evaluation that do not incorporate training or capacity-building for local civil society;
- Micro-loans or similar small business development initiatives;
- Initiatives directed towards a diaspora community rather than current residents of targeted countries.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on 14, February, 2022.

Anticipated Time to Award, Pending Availability of Funds: 6-8 months

All prime organizations, whether based in the United States or in another country, must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), formerly referred to as DUNS, and an active registration with the before submitting an application. Note: The process of obtaining a registration may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Please begin your registration as early as possible.

Organizations based in the United States or that pay employees within the United States will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, and a UEI number prior to registering in

Organizations based outside of the United States and that do not pay employees within the United States do not need an EIN from the IRS, but do need a NATO CAGE (NCAGE) code and UEI number prior to registering in

All application submissions must be made electronically via Please note that the registration process can take ten (10) business days or longer, even if all registration steps are completed in a timely manner.

Primary organizations can submit one application in response to the NOFO.

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