*Note deadline for applications is May 28, 2012
In December 2011, Secretary Clinton delivered a major Human Rights Day address and announced a new Global Equality Fund, leveraging public and private resources to strengthen civil society groups, support advocates, and increase public dialogue. With the overall goal of advancing the fundamental human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people globally, the Department of State is contributing more than $3 million to this important effort. The Fund will be managed by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) with priorities to:
• Advance Justice: support programs that document human rights violations, provide victim’s assistance for legal services and support legal challenges to discriminatory legislation
• Support and Protect Advocates: provide emergency assistance when needed and increase organizational capacity to respond to security concerns.
• Increase Public Dialogue: support programs that enhance public awareness and information on the human rights of LGBT people.
The DRL announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 13 April 2012. The first arm, “Dignity for All” will fund emergency assistance to human rights defenders and civil society to address legal, medical, humanitarian, and relocation needs, as well as small grants to support discrete advocacy initiatives.
The second arm seeks proposals to build capacity of local civil society to strengthen legal protection; to address protection from violence, including sexual violence, and hate crimes; and to combat societal discrimination and negative social attitudes.
Applicants must submit proposals using www.grants.gov by 28 May 2012. Several of the steps in the www.grants.gov registration process can take several weeks. DRL especially encourages foreign NGOs and public international organizations to submit proposals through this web site.
Under the first arm – Dignity for All” – DRL will award one cooperative agreement to a consortium of international NGOs with global reach, with one lead organization serving as the primary recipient / applicant. Under the second arm on capacity building, DRL anticipates awarding funding to as many as three separate applications through this solicitation.
Outside of this grant announcement, the U.S. State Department is also launching a separate small grants initiative of between $5-25K to build capacity of local civil society organizations working in country addressing LGBT issues. NGOs interesting in applying for these grants should contact the U.S. embassy in that country. UNAIDS should alert its networks to this opportunity.
Jesse Bernstein at the U.S. State Department can answer more specific questions regarding this solicitation. Greg Smiley will serve as the UNAIDS focal point for this project.
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