International Programs to Support Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

The Human Rights Democracy Fund (HRDF) is the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor s flagship program, used to fulfill the bureau s mandate of monitoring and promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.

HRDF programs are designed to promote democracy and human rights and acts as the

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Department s venture capital for democracy.

Since Congress established it in FY 1998, the Human Rights and Democracy Fund has allowed the U.S.

to respond rapidly and decisively to democratization and human rights crises and deficits.

Agency - U.S. Department of State

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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor s Human Rights and Democracy Fund (HRDF) supports innovative, "venture capital" programs that uphold democratic principles, support and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, and build civil society in countries and regions of the world that are geo-strategically important to the United States.

HRDF funds projects that have the potential to have an immediate impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms.

Projects should have potential for continued funding beyond HRDF resources.

HRDF projects must not duplicate or simply add to efforts by other entities.

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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Beneficiary Eligibility

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Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Please see solicitation on

Award Procedures

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Not Applicable.


Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended
Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available for up to 3 years. HRDF funds are accessible through the Payment Management System operated by the Department of Health and Human Services. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds may be drawn down as expenses are incurred.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program progress reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

Financial reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

Expenditure reports are required on a quarterly basis under the grant agreement.

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In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


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Financial Information

Account Identification

19-7290-1-0-371 - Economic Support Funds; 19-7290-0-3-060 - AEEB; 19-7290-1-0-101 - SEED; 19-1991-1-1-210 - Democracy Fund; 19-7290-1-0-210 - DA.


(Project Grants) FY 08 $63,481,600; FY 09 est $79,000,000; FY 10 est $70,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Rozina Damanwala 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20520 Email: Phone: 2026743561

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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