DRL FY22 Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
$1 million
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Closing Date : March 11 2022, Friday


The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs that support the policy objective to support Internet Freedom.

  • Technology: Uncensored and Secure Access to the Global Internet

  • Digital Safety

  • Policy and Advocacy

  • Applied Research

Funding Information

SOIs that request less than $500,000 or more than $3,000,000 may be deemed technically ineligible.

Priority Regions

SOIs focused globally or focused on any region will be considered. Applications should prioritize work in Internet repressive environments. SOIs regarding technology development should have clear regional human rights use-cases and deployment strategies for the target region(s). SOIs focused on digital safety, advocacy, and research should also have region- or population-specific goals and priorities that are informed by clear field knowledge and expertise.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations submitting SOIs must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization; or

  • Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; or

  • Be a for-profit organization or business;

  • Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs; and,

  • Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

For more information, visit Grants.gov.