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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, NGOs
and IHEs to Support Religious Equality in Eligible Regions

Strengthening Religious Freedom in Sudan through the Rule of Law

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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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

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations, NGOs, and IHEs for projects that support religious freedom and equal rights for religious minorities 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 Sudan.

DRL programming in Sudan will engage a broad range of actors to raise awareness of new religious freedom laws, document and monitor religious freedom violations, report on implementation efforts and make recommendations to improve existing legal efforts. At this time, programs should refrain from direct engagement with, or support to, the government of Sudan and instead focus on community level actors, until otherwise directed by DRL.

Program outcomes could include but are not limited to:

  • Community members, especially, members of minority religions, beliefs, or non-belief or non-belief, are aware of their rights and fundamental freedoms
  • Community actors and religious activists, including those from minority religions, belief or non-belief communities, build working relationships with government stakeholders;
  • Governments are responsive to civil society advocacy to protect freedom of conscience, religion or belief, including non-beliefs;
  • Persons from all religions, belief and non-belief have equitable access to legal services.

Illustrative activities may include:

  • Raising awareness for communities and legal actors of changes in religious freedom laws as put forth by the CLTG since 2019 for the community at large and legal actors;
  • Improving understanding and communication for members of religious minority communities on registration processes of religious groups, obtaining permits for building places of worship, working through the legal system to reclaim property taken by the Bashir regime; conducting investigations and holding perpetrators accountable for destruction of places of worship;
  • Convening multi-stakeholder policy dialogues with civil society, legal experts, faith-based organizations, and believers and non-believers on religious freedom to promote inclusive policymaking as it relates to religious freedom. Upon directives from DRL should Sudan establish a new civilian government, this may also include government actors such as the Ministry of Religious Affairs;
  • Advocating on behalf of and inclusion of minority faith groups in discussions related to religious law reform with the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowment;
  • Monitoring and reporting on the judicial implementation of revised religious freedom laws to ensure equitable protections under the law at a national and/or international level, such as court proceedings for religious groups to reclaim land taken during the Bashir regime or for trials on destroyed places of worship;
  • Undertaking legal advocacy efforts or providing training to the legal community on new religious freedom laws to reduce faith-based discrimination and promoting access to justice for all Sudanese citizens regardless of faith.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200541

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$740,740

Number of Grants:

1-2

Estimated Size of Grant:

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 SAM.gov before submitting an application. Note: The process of obtaining a SAM.gov 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 SAM.gov.

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 SAM.gov.

All application submissions must be made electronically via Grants.gov. Please note that the Grants.gov 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.

Annual country-specific International Religious Freedom Reports: https://www.state.gov/international-religious-freedom-reports/

Annual country-specific Human Rights Reports: https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=337026

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical submission questions related to this NOFO, please contact drlirfgrants@state.gov.

For assistance with Grants.gov, please call the Contact Center at +1 (800) 518-4726 or email support@grants.gov. The Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except federal holidays.

CFDA Number:

19.345

Funding or Pin Number:

SFOP0008466

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