FY 2018 DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement


1) Objective

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organisations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs that support Internet Freedom. In support of the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace, DRL's goal is to protect the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet by promoting fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support to civil society for technology, digital safety, policy and advocacy, and applied research programs. DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit SOI applications outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants must: (1) be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organisation (NGO), or a public international organisation; (2) be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; (3) be a for-profit organisation or business (noting there are restrictions on payment of fees and/or profits under grants and cooperative agreements, including those outlined in 48 CFR 30, "Cost Accounting Standards Administration", and 48 CFR 31, "Contract Cost Principles and Procedures"); (4) have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs; and (5) have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs.

3) Location

Actions can take place in various countries worldwide.

4) Budget

Estimated total program funding is $14,000,000. Maximum award amount is $3,000,000 and minimum award amount is $500,000.

5) Application

Applications must be sent through grants.gov by September 14, 2018. A full application package is required.