The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Egypt.
An organization may submit no more than one  proposal.
DRL seeks proposals to promote accuracy, transparency, and credibility in news, social, and other mass media to combat the spread of inaccurate and often dangerous misinformation. Activities may include, but are not limited to:
- Building the capacity of Egyptian media and/or civil society organizations to monitor media reporting to promote accuracy and credibility;
- Coordinating and improving the documentation and verification efforts of major media outlets, including social media platforms;
- Training for journalists and media outlets to avoid inflammatory or incendiary language in their reporting;
- Advocating for legal and regulatory reforms to bolster media independence, including improving processes for responding to violations.
Partnership with local organizations is strongly encouraged. The program should provide capacity building, coaching, networking, and other support to Egyptian CSO partners. Applicants must demonstrate awareness of the sensitivity of the legal environment related to human rights and democracy activities in Egypt and provide a plan for mitigating risk.
The Bureau anticipates awarding grants in the third quarter of FY 2013 (according the USG fiscal year calendar). Programs that leverage resources from funds internal to the organization or other sources, such as public-private partnerships, will be highly considered. Projects that have a strong academic, research, conference, or dialogue focus will not be deemed competitive. Projects that focus on commercial law or economic development will be rated as non-competitive. Cost sharing is strongly encouraged, and cost sharing contributions should be outlined in the proposal budget and budget narrative.