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Open Funding Opportunities

MEPI currently is accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:

Supporting Civic Engagement and National Dialogue through Independent Palestinian Media Request for Applications  
Application Deadline:  June 2, 2014 

The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) seeks proposals to:  encourage greater civic engagement; create a culture of tolerance and respect for diversity; and, promote a vibrant and inclusive national dialogue around issues important to Palestinian society, particularly youth, through the strengthening of free and independent media.  A strong, independent media and effective and inclusive political processes go hand in hand and are critical for any society.  Proposed programming should focus on increasing opportunities for building bridges between Palestinians with different points of view and from different geographical and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to work through local partners, and equipment costs should not comprise a majority of the project’s budget.  MEPI invites creative and detailed proposals which address these needs in cost-effective and high-impact ways.  Proposals should also consider the multifaceted aspects of Palestinian society that make inclusive and meaningful political and social participation challenging.  To view the full announcement, please click here.


Strengthening Economic Advocacy throughout the MENA Region Request for Applications 
Application Deadline:  March 5, 2013
U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) seeks to enhance the role private and non-governmental sectors play in influencing policy decisions and ensuring that laws, policies, regulations, and practices are transparent and responsive to the needs of business and labor.  In particular, MEPI seeks proposals that advocate for legal and regulatory reforms that support three areas:  1) Increased, expedited, more efficient, and more transparent business registration processes; 2) Improved bankruptcy and insolvency laws; and 3) More open government policies and procedures that promote greater transparency and economic growth.  Applicants may submit only one application to each area via separate submissions.  The eligible countries and territories in this announcement are Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, West Bank/Gaza, and/or Yemen.  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 (MENA). These organizations include civil society and non-governmental organizations 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 civic advocacy and participation at the local and national levels in the MENA region, build the institutional capacity of 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 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 are accepted in English, Arabic or French. For more information on how to apply and for help preparing your Local Grants Application, please go to  To view the full announcement, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Results-Oriented Monitoring

  • Results-Oriented Monitoring and Assessment (ROMA) is an optional document that describes the system proposed by the applicant to capture and measure progress towards achieving the objectives of their proposed project. Submission of the ROMA is optional but encouraged.