The UN Democracy Fund’s seventeenth call for proposals is open from 1 November!

Publication: 09.11.2022

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. UNDEF projects are two years long. Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 250,000 US dollars. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations.

Since 2006, UNDEF has supported more than 800 projects in over 120 countries at a total amount of over US $210 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous selection process, with fewer than two percent of proposals chosen for funding.

Potential project areas:

  • The rule of law and human rights
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Youth engagement
  • Strengthening civil society interaction with the Government
  • Media and freedom of information
  • Electoral processes



  • Have the right to apply for participation in the competition:
    • Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in promoting democracy
    • Independent and Constitutional Bodies
    • Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations, and associations other than the United Nations
  • UN organizations, individuals, profit-making, or government entities cannot be funded
  • The application must be submitted online in English or French


Application deadline: November 30, 2022

Detailed information can be found at the following link: