Democracy, Human Rights, and Rule of Law in Syria Solicitation

Program Summary

While a political resolution to the Syrian conflict continues to be sought, and the campaign to deliver a lasting defeat to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda continues, The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor’s (DRL) assistance will be tailored to address the unique challenges to stabilize areas not held by the regime by promoting inclusive and representative local governance; advancing democratic principles and respect for human rights; and supporting post-conflict recovery to include efforts to foster peaceful coexistence.  U.S. assistance will also provide for the protection of and advocacy for women’s and minorities’ rights and mitigate the impact of conflict on Syrian communities. Proposed programming must be responsive to the immediate needs on the ground; should contribute to ongoing Syrian civil society or international efforts; and should be in line with the U.S. Government’s democracy, governance, and human rights goals for Syria.

DRL invites organizations to submit applications for programs in the following areas:

  • Civil Society Support for Peacebuilding, Coexistence, and Conflict Mitigation
  • Support for Survivors of Torture, Detention, and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
  • Reconciliation, Justice, and Accountability


CU Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 11:59pm MST March 14, 2018

Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: 9:59pm MST May 4, 2018


There are no special eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Applicants can submit up to two applications in response to this opportunity.

Award Information and Duration

DRL anticipates funding approximately $12,000,000 in programming through this solicitation. Applicants should not request less than $300,000 and no more than $1,500,000. The period of performance should be between 12 and 36 months with an anticipated start date between June 2018 – September 2018.


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