International Programs to Support Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

DRL funds targeted democracy and human rights programs to address human rights abuses globally, where fundamental rights are threatened; open political space in struggling or nascent democracies and countries ruled by authoritarian regimes; support civil society activists worldwide; and protect at-risk

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populations, including women, religious minorities, disabled, indigenous, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.

In addition, DRL funds efforts across the globe to facilitate successful and sustained transitions to democracies, where civil and political rights are respected, and there is a process for transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
National Endowment For Democracy $ 315,079,941   2021-11-012026-09-30
National Endowment For Democracy $ 300,000,000   2020-12-082025-09-30
National Endowment For Democracy $ 300,000,000   2019-11-292024-09-30
Search For Common Ground $ 987,500   2021-07-152023-12-30
National Center For State Courts $ 987,654   2021-09-302023-09-30
National Endowment For Democracy $ 180,046,673   2019-01-312023-09-30
National Endowment For Democracy $ 170,000,000   2018-01-052023-09-30
Asia Foundation, The $ 1,728,394   2018-06-012023-05-31
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 740,740   2020-09-302023-03-31
Global Network Initiative, Inc. $ 1,750,000   2018-08-032023-01-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: N/A. Fiscal Year 2017: N/A. Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor?s Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF) supports innovative, ?venture capital? programs that uphold democratic principles, support and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, and build civil society.

DRL focuses its work in countries with egregious human rights violations, where democracy and human rights advocates are under pressure and where governments are undemocratic or in transition.

The Bureau's programmatic strategy is to primarily work with local civil society, including independent media, to support those working to strengthen democratic institutions and promote accountability.

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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Beneficiary Eligibility

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Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Please see solicitation on

Award Procedures

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Not Applicable.


Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act 2009.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available for up to 3 years. HRDF funds are accessible through the Payment Management System operated by the Department of Health and Human Services. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds may be drawn down as expenses are incurred.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program progress reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

Financial reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

Expenditure reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

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In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-7290-0-3-060 - AEEB; 19-7290-1-0-101 - SEED; 19-1991-1-1-210 - Democracy Fund; 19-7290-1-0-210 - DA; 19-7290-1-0-371 - Economic Support Funds.


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Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Doreen Mullady 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20520 Email: Phone: 202-663-3672

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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