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Foreign Embassies that give funding

When evaluating funding opportunities for your NGO, make sure to assess whether foreign embassies have developed tailored programmes to support and strengthen civil society in your country. Embassies play a vital role in the co-ordination of bilateral and multilateraldevelopment efforts. Certain Embassies organise and directly implement a donor’s country bilateral aid (such as the Dutch Embassies). Other donor countries, such as Germany, manage entire grant schemes through their diplomatic offices abroad. Embassies could also provide crucial training schemes to support the managerial and administrative capacity of NGO workers (such as the British Embassy) and they also serve as platforms to get in contact with other local and international NGOs working in your same field of action.

This guide will take in account programmes andstrategies of 5 Embassies working in developing countries. As such, you should read this guide in order to understand what strategies have been so far implemented and also to get ideas on how to get in contact with your local embassy and propose collaborative projects.

US Embassy Funding for NGOs

The United States offer a great resource of financial and technical support to initiatives willing to strengthen civil society. Embassies and Consulates worldwide advertise specific calls for proposals to assist local NGOs working on issues ofconflict stabilization, democracy and human rights, economic growth, and security. In order to get in contact with your local embassy, check the U.S Department of State website where you will find a list specifying the aims and goals of the various bureaus working in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. In fact, USdiplomatic missions operate independently within their geographical area of jurisdiction.

Keep in mind that the available funding are allocated on a yearly basis and proposals shall answer to specific calls and shall also be written according to given guidelines. As such, it is important to get in touch with your local embassy in order to assess whether there is an open call and also to evaluate whether your field of action matches the interests and goals set by your local US Embassy.

The range of funded projects varies greatly and according to main needs of your country. For instance, the US Embassy in Ljubljana (Slovenia) recently advertised a call open to NGOs working in the country and addressing societal concerns such as the strengthening of the role of civil society in the promotion of human rights, democracy building, economic and civic development, and the political stabilization of South-Eastern Europe. The US Embassy in Israel supports artistic and cultural performances with an American component or promoting American values such as diversity, equal opportunity, and democracy. The US Embassy in Minsk (Belarus) sponsors projects such as conferences, publications, and roundtables discussing social development and the strengthening of local communities, local self-government, genderequality, integration, and the preservation of heritage. The US Embassy in Kampala (Uganda) offers three separategrants to develop projects strengthening civil society and democracy, to launch community-based organisations, and to combat HIV/AIDS. As you can see, the scope of the allocated funding highly depends on the areas of intervention to which is given priority in your country. Overall, the proposals must be written according to high standards and present a consistent and well-research project clearly outlining expected results and stressing the impact of proposed initiatives in local communities.

Before answering to a call, consider that funding from US Embassies are sought after by many NGOs and that your Embassy will process a huge number of applications. As such, the time needed for review and allocation of funding is normally around 6 months. Also, and because of the competitive nature of these calls, make sure to read through the ‘success stories’, which are normally advertised on the Embassy’s website in order to understand which projects have been previously funded. It is a good idea to get in contact with NGOs who were successful to exchange ideas and tips.

A list of US embassies is here.

 from http://www.fundsforngos.org

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