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AFAN Small Grants Program

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The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is pleased to announce the availability of small grants to fund innovative projects aimed at improving the legal environment for civil society and promoting freedom of association.

The overall goal of the project is to improve the laws governing civil society throughout the Arab region, reinforce the importance of civil society law reform, and strengthen the network of activists in the Arab region seeking reform of the laws governing civil society.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 are available to civil society organizations or individuals from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen. Grants may be used to fund a range of activities such as advocacy campaigns, workshops, short seminars, the creation of brochures or guides, the use of social media tools, or trainings for government, parliament, civil society actors, or others. The small grants may also target a variety of objectives, such as creating mechanisms to promote greater cooperation between the government and civil society, improving implementation of laws or constitutional provisions affecting civil society, engaging the media on the topic of civil society law reform, improving lobbying and reform strategies, or building consensus on a draft civil society law.

Applicants must submit a concrete proposal that identifies:

  • project objectives,
  • intended results,
  • activities and timeline,
  • monitoring/evaluation procedures, and
  • a proposed line-item budget.

Previously awarded grants have funded:

  • A series of radio and television broadcasts to educate the Yemeni public about the importance of laws governing CSOs;
  • The creation of a pro bono legal defense network to assist Egyptian CSOs;
  • The publication and distribution of studies on best practices in civil society law in several Arab countries;
  • An advocacy training in Jordan for thirty CSOs and staff from the Ministry of Political Development;
  • Workshops held throughout Yemen to educate Yemeni citizens about the importance of civil society, its roles and responsibilities;
  • Production and distribution of cartoon brochures that explain the importance of civil society using simple words and images; and
  • A specialized training course on national and international law affecting civic organizations for lawyers volunteering in a legal aid network in Palestine.

This is a non-exhaustive illustrative list. You are welcome and encouraged to propose other types of projects or areas of focus relevant to advancing the legal framework for civil society in your country or region.

Proposals will be reviewed and considered upon submission, but in no event should proposals be submitted later than June 24, 2013. All projects should be completed and the final reports submitted by August 30, 2013. Project reports and related information may be published online and made available to the public via ICNL’s website.

Apply online now or contact Lana Marouf of ICNL LLC by email at lmarouf@icnl.org for more information. Please note that all applications must be submitted online. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.