The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Democracy and Human Rights Fund (DHRF), in order to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote respect for human rights in Cameroon.
The DHRF provides assistance to Cameroonian organizations that seek to implement short-term, highly targeted activities designed to show measurable results.
The U.S. Embassy will give priority to proposals that are creative and innovative and that utilize technology and modern media to reach a wide audience. In comparison, programs that are not activity-based, such as workshops, will be less competitive.
The U.S. Embassy will consider funding only those projects that:
- are initiated by Cameroonian organizations (excluding the executive branch of the Cameroonian Government);
- promote political pluralism and respect for human and civil rights;
- benefit a large number of people;
- include activities, expenditures and timelines that are consistent, reasonable, and within the ability of the organization to implement;
- can be completed within one year, without requiring further DHRF assistance; and
- respect environmental norms.
Typical DHRF grants are approximately USD 10,000 (or about 4.5 million francs FCFA); they may not exceed USD 25,000 (or about 11.25 million francs FCFA).
- Cameroonian organizations are eligible to apply.
- Organizations that have successfully partnered with development agencies in the past and that can provide audited financial statements will be more competitive for this program and stand a greater chance of receiving DHRF funding.
DHRF funding may not be used to conduct the following activities or purchase the following items:
- construction of buildings;
- purchase of vehicles;
- long-term (12 months or more) recurring administrative costs such as building or equipment maintenance, rent, office supplies, or administrative salaries;
- travel outside of the immediate region;
- conferences or workshops that lack a specific and clearly-articulated goal;
- research projects without a results-oriented component;
- humanitarian assistance or support for refugees (unless human rights related);
- activities that do not directly encourage or promote increased respect for civil and human rights;
- purchase of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, or fertilizers;
- activities to influence the outcome of elections; or
- training or advice, or support for police, prisons or other law enforcement forces, military or any program of internal intelligence or surveillance.
How to Apply
- Interested applicants are required to download an application form from the given website.
- Applications can be submitted via post or email.
Eligible Country: Cameroon
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