Democracy Commission Small Grants Program
ID: 353942Type: Posted


U.S. Mission to Tajikistan (DOS-TJK)

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$10K - $50K

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    Forecast Posted Not available
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    Posted May 3, 2024 12:00 AM
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    Due Jun 20, 2024 12:00 AM

The U.S. Mission to Tajikistan, through the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program, is offering funding opportunities to support the development of Tajikistan's democratic institutions and civil society. The program aims to competitively award small grants to nonprofit and for-profit nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and independent local media organizations.

One of the topics for funding is "Equal Rights for Marginalized Communities." Projects under this topic should empower marginalized communities that have been traditionally discriminated against based on their identity or are particularly vulnerable to marginalization. The goal is to increase the capacity of civil society and independent media organizations to combat gender-based violence (GBV) and domestic violence (DV) and advocate for the rights of marginalized groups. The target audience includes men and women from conservative communities, youth and emerging leaders, labor migrants and their families, government bodies, civil society organizations, and independent media.

Another topic is "Enabling Environment for Media and the Free Flow of Information." This topic aims to contribute to press freedom, the dissemination of accurate information, and the safeguarding of journalists' rights. The projects should focus on increasing the capacity of journalists and media professionals to produce quality and accurate content that counters misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda. The target audience includes early to mid-career professional journalists, bloggers, social media influencers, and media experts in Tajikistan.

The third topic is "Countering Violent Extremism." The goal is to provide positive alternatives to individuals at risk of recruitment into extremist groups by increasing government and civil society capacity and engagement. The projects should raise awareness of target communities and at-risk individuals about the prevalence of violent extremism and equip them with vocational and job search skills. The primary target audience includes Tajik males (ages 15-35) living in rural Tajikistan and Russia, civil society organizations, government bodies, and respected figures in society.

The fourth topic is "Low Emissions Development Planning for Energy." The projects under this topic aim to support national and sub-national frameworks for low-emissions development by increasing the use of renewable and sustainable energy sources in Tajikistan. The target audience includes government organizations, civil society, media consumers and outlets, young entrepreneurs, and other key audiences. The projects should focus on building expertise and capacity in analyzing emissions sources, setting emission reduction targets, and developing mitigation plans. Collaboration between local, state, and civil society actors is encouraged to develop practical solutions to combat climate change.

For more information and to apply for these grants, visit the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program. The closing date for applications is June 20, 2024.

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