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Global LGBTQI+ Inclusive Democracy and Empowerment (GLIDE) Fund

Global LGBTQI+ Inclusive Democracy & Empowerment (GLIDE) Fund

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Join the open competition for organizations to develop and lead the Global LGBTQI+ Inclusive Democracy and Empowerment (GLIDE) Fund. It is a global mechanism to increase access to and participation as well as leadership in democracy for LGBTQI+ communities.  The Bureau of DRL intends for the GLIDE Fund to be led by or have strong support from and participation by LGBTQI+ organizations and communities.

The GLIDE Fund aims to create and strengthen demand signals for LGBTQI+ community members. It will be done with their engagement and participation in democratic institutions that directly impact the lived realities of LGBTQI+ people in their communities as well as around the globe. This intends to empower connected, skilled, and sustainable LGBTQI+ movements for democracy and human rights.

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Proposals for the GLIDE Fund should address three principal objectives, including:

  • Generate interest in and build skills and capacity for LGBTQI+ communities to strengthen leadership, engagement, as well as participation in political and public life
  • Develop and coordinate communication and advocacy strategies that encourage LGBTQI+ individuals to use democratic mechanisms to mitigate intolerance, violence as well as discrimination
  • Also, Engage supportive political, government, community, and/or religious leaders to promote political engagement and reduce intolerance and human rights abuse against LGBTQI+ communities.

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DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.

DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities. However, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process.  Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards.

The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations will be in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.

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Proposal Review Criteria

  1. Quality of Project Idea
  2. Project Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives
  3. Institution’s Record as well as Capacity
  4. Addressing Barriers to Equal Participation
  5. Also, Cost-Effectiveness
  6. Sustainability/Multiplier Effects
  7. Moreover, Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Fund Information

  • Total Funding Floor:  $2,500,000
  • Total Funding Ceiling:  $2,500,000
  • Anticipated Number of Awards:  1-2
  • Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement
  • Period of Performance:  24-36 months
  • Anticipated Time to Award, Pending Availability of Funds:  2-8 months

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline01 February,2022
FieldLGBTQ+ Community
Open toall organizations
OrganizerUS Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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