DRL Strengthening Civil Society in Sri Lanka

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Funding Opportunity ID: 330469
Opportunity Number: SFOP0007511
Opportunity Title: DRL Strengthening Civil Society in Sri Lanka
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Democracy Fund/Human Rights Democracy Fund
CFDA Number(s): 19.345
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL's preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
Agency Code: DOS-DRL
Agency Name: Department of State
Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor
Posted Date: Dec 18, 2020
Close Date: Feb 16, 2021
Last Updated Date: Dec 18, 2020
Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
Award Floor: $1,750,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that advance and protect freedom of association and freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka. Per the 2020 Human Rights Report, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly noted that although the country had a comprehensive legal framework governing the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, it was “scattered in different sets of laws and regulations which seem to be interchangeably enforced.” DRL seeks proposals for programs that utilize legal mechanisms and the judicial system to ensure these legal protections are enforced and these rights are respected in Sri Lanka. Proposals should assess the use of policies, laws and programs on democratic political competition, civil society, and media freedom that are being put into place in Sri Lanka under the new government. Additionally, proposals should provide legal and organizational support to organizations and individuals facing undue government restrictions, pressure, inspections, and censorship to ensure they can continue to operate, as well as foster civil society-led strategic litigation to advance the protection, fulfillment, and respect of human rights. Program approaches may include but are not limited to: • Strengthening the role, status and capacity of defense lawyers and legal professionals; • Expand the capacity of judicial watchdog organizations to monitor, document, and advocate in support of fair judicial process and court decisions; Develop public-awareness and advocacy campaigns that can be implemented via multiple media and social platforms; • Assist small NGOs or informal advocacy organizations with innovative methods of civic engagement at the community level.
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