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Open Funding Opportunities

MEPI currently is accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:


Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region
Application Deadline: June 15, 2015

The Bureau of Near East Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) seeks proposals for projects funded through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program to foster and support entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Proposals must demonstrate knowledge of the target country’s economy and entrepreneurial ecosystem, and propose project activities that will lead to tangible and sustained results with respect to entrepreneur recruitment, start-up, and expansion.  Proposals must be based on successful activities that have increased the number of start-ups or an evidenced based project model/approach with a strong likelihood for future such success in the target country. Proposals also must describe how local leadership and ownership will be leveraged, as well as describe the partnerships with local governments, private entities, and non-governmental institutions that will support the objective of increasing the number of start-ups initiated by entrepreneurs. Applicants may propose interventions in a variety of areas such as seed funding, entrepreneurial consulting, technical assistance, training, linking entrepreneurs to capital, connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, and establishing entrepreneurship partnerships with multiple sectors, among others. Applications must describe clearly and succinctly how interventions will effectively overcome constraints to new enterprise formation and success, and lead to a measurable increase in new enterprises or the scale up of existing enterprises/start-ups within the timeframe of the interventions.

Eligible Countries and Territories:
In this announcement, we seek to support projects in Algeria, Kuwait, Morocco, Israel, and Egypt. Please note:  Applications that focus on activities in countries and territories other than those discussed will not be considered.

To view the full announcement, please click here.
To view questions and answers about this opportunity, please click here.


Increasing Employment in the MENA Region
Application Deadline: May 26, 2015

The Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a program within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC), announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new projects designed to strengthen Tunisia’s continued democratic consolidation.  Projects proposed should focus on addressing needs and opportunities to strengthen democratic institutions and political participation over the next two years.  
NEA/AC seeks innovative proposals for projects in Tunisia that contribute to NEA/AC’s overarching goal of building participatory, pluralistic, and prosperous societies in which citizens:
(a) Have the regular opportunity to play an active role in making decisions that affect their lives and in holding their governments accountable; and 
(b) Have equal standing, protected by guaranteed rights and by independent and effective courts of law.
Proposals should address only one of the following three priority areas considered critical for the success of Tunisia’s transition.
Priority Area A: Fostering Effective and Accountable Government Institutions
Priority Area B: Encouraging Legislative Transparency and Accountability
Priority Area C: Preparing for Local Elections and Decentralization
To view the full announcement, please click here.

The Bureau of Near East Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) seeks proposals for projects funded through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program that will increase employment in the MENA region through country-specific projects. Proposals must demonstrate knowledge of the country’s job market constraints and opportunities, and propose project activities that will lead to tangible and sustained results with respect to job placement or job creation.  Proposals must be based on the applicant’s previous success with employment programs or the application of evidence-based project models with strong likelihood for success in the target country.  Proposals also must describe how local leadership and ownership will be leveraged, as well as describe the partnerships with local governments and or private and non-governmental institutions that will be supported with the objective of increasing employment.  Applicants may propose interventions in a variety of areas, such as policy reform, institutional development, training, job matching, and the competitive enhancement of enterprises, among others.  But, they must describe in a compelling manner how interventions will lead to quantifiable increases in employment.

Eligible Countries and Territories:
Through this announcement, we solicit project proposals for Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia and West Bank/Gaza.

To view the full announcement, please click here.
To view questions and answers about this opportunity, 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 http://mepi.state.gov/localgrants

Frequently Asked Questions

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