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Open Funding Opportunities

MEPI currently is accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:

Supporting Participatory Governance in the Western Sahara

Application Deadline: October 14, 2015

The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for activities in the Western Sahara that develop the capacity of local civil society, political parties, and/or government officials with the goal of strengthening the ability of citizens to have a regular opportunity to play an active role in making decisions that affect their lives and in holding their governments accountable. Proposed activities should focus on addressing needs and opportunities to strengthen inclusive governance institutions.

Eligible Countries and Territories:
In this announcement, we seek to support projects in the Western Sahara.  

To view the full announcement, please click here.


Local Funding Opportunity - Annual Program Statement
Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Each year, MEPI provides a significant number of local grants directly to local organizations based in the Middle East and North Africa. These organizations include members of civil society, including NGOs, civic groups, reform networks, and academic institutions that are committed to supporting democratic values and the active participation of all individuals in social, political, and economic life. These Grants promote reform and civic activism at the local and national levels in the Middle East and North Africa, build the institutional capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and strengthen civil society. Funding is available for projects that protect and advance civil liberties especially political and civic rights, empower women and youth, strengthen the rule of law, develop independent and pluralistic media, foster economic opportunity and economic reform, and promote an educated, active, and informed citizenry. Local grant projects usually range from $25,000 to $150,000 each, are intended to support quick impact activities, and are generally completed in one year. Applications must be submitted in English. For more information on how to apply and for help preparing your Local Grants Application, please go to

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding current open funding opportunities are available in this PDF document.