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Grants to USA, Canada, and International NGOs, IHEs, Nonprofits,
and For-Profits for Projects to Support Transitions to Peace

Transitional Justice

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

Deadline Date:

02/04/22 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International NGOs, IHEs, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations for projects to assist countries exiting from a period of armed conflict to transition to peace. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that support forensic anthropology and transitional justice processes around the globe.

Proposals must take an integrated, locally owned, and victim-centered approach in designing, strengthening, and/or promoting transitional justice processes and forensic anthropology assistance aimed at encouraging broad community ownership and sustainability.  Program strategies should fit the appropriate cultural, judicial, legal, and economic context(s) of the local context and clearly articulate and address the needs and priorities of victims and their families.  In addition, gender considerations must be integrated throughout program design.

Proposals should address two or more of the following areas:

  • Building local forensic anthropological capacities to investigate and prosecute cases of forced disappearances and gross human rights violations through exhuming mass graves; collecting and analyzing DNA samples; identifying victims’ remains; preserving evidence and documentation for a range of transitional justice processes; and/or facilitating increased national, regional, and international awareness through coordination between victims’ family associations and the broader NGO human rights community, including through outreach to key opinion makers, policy makers, and the public at large;
  • Strengthening the capacity of local civil society to document human rights violations aimed at pursuing truth, justice, and reconciliation, including through oral histories, forensic evidence, legal documentation focused on criminal accountability, memorialization efforts, and archiving, which may include the use of innovative and accessible secure documentation tools;
  • Supporting locally led advocacy, educational initiatives, and/or memorialization, archiving, and additional truth-telling activities to address: (1) historical memory and legacies of large-scale human rights abuses; and, (2) the prevention of local conflict and mass atrocities;
  • Facilitating the empowerment of victims, survivors, and their families through transitional justice programs that will account for the individual and collective needs of different groups of victims and survivors. Program approaches may include, but are not limited to:  empowering victims and survivors, particularly among indigenous communities, women, and other vulnerable groups to effectively participate in formal and informal reparative justice processes; fostering coordination, skill-building, and mentorship among diverse civil society actors to better integrate victims and their families into national and local justice and accountability efforts; and, pursuing a trauma-informed approach to truth-telling, memorialization, and documentation prioritizing victims’ and survivors’ active and informed consent, privacy, agency, and physical and emotional safety.

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GrantWatch ID#: 200544

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $4,938,270
Award Floor: $1,234,567

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 24-36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.

Project activities whose direct beneficiaries are foreign militaries or paramilitary groups or individuals will not be considered for DRL funding given purpose limitations on funding.

Activities that are not typically allowed include, but are not limited to:
- The provision of humanitarian assistance;
- English language instruction;
- Development of high-tech computer or communications software and/or hardware;
- Purely academic exchanges or fellowships;
- External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months;
- Off-shore activities that are not clearly linked to in-country initiatives and impact or are not necessary per security concerns;
- Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy issues, including projects aimed primarily at research and evaluation that do not incorporate training or capacity-building for local civil society;
- Micro-loans or similar small business development initiatives;
- Initiatives directed towards a diaspora community rather than current residents of targeted countries.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Friday, February 4, 2022.

Anticipated Time to Award, Pending Availability of Funds: 5-7 months

All prime organizations, whether based in the United States or in another country, must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), formerly referred to as DUNS, and an active registration with the before submitting an application. Note: The process of obtaining a registration may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks. Please begin your registration as early as possible.

Organizations based in the United States or that pay employees within the United States will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, and a UEI number prior to registering in

Organizations based outside of the United States and that do not pay employees within the United States do not need an EIN from the IRS, but do need a NATO CAGE (NCAGE) code and UEI number prior to registering in

All application submissions must be made electronically via Please note that the registration process can take ten (10) business days or longer, even if all registration steps are completed in a timely manner.

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