U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Local Grants Program

The US Embassy is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Notice of Funding for MEPI Local Grants.

Announcement Type:

New

Funding Level

$50,000 – $250,000

Date Opened:

4/19/2019

Deadline for Questions:

5/2/2019

Application Deadline:

5/21/2019

Expected Date of Award Notification:

9/30/2019

MEPI 2019 Local Grants NOFO is now posted. The MEPI Local Grants Program’s mission is to sustain the United States’ commitment to strengthen direct partnerships with local actors to promote prosperity and participatory governance.  Closing date for applications is May 21, 2019.

 

Funding Opportunity Synopsis

Advancing stability and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is critical to the achievement of the United States’ foreign policy. There are many challenges, however, which hinder efforts to improve transparent governance, provide inclusive economic opportunities, and encourage civic engagement. Two thirds of the population feel that economic hardship and corruption plague their countries, with trust in civil society decreasing since 2015.

The MEPI Local Grants Program’s mission is to sustain the United States’ commitment to strengthen direct partnerships with local actors to promote prosperity and participatory governance. Its objectives are to support civil society organizations in (1) developing, promoting, and implementing locally-designed solutions to self-identified environmental, economic, or social problems; (2) promoting inclusive economic growth that reaches marginalized communities, youth, and women; (3) advancing participatory governance through promoting citizens’ engagement and decision-makers’ willingness to work with citizen groups and civil society organizations; (4) improving civil society’s representation of the needs of citizens through collective action on the local level; (5) working towards gender parity in economics and politics; (6) increasing youth engagement in meaningful economic and civic activities; and (7) fostering innovative approaches to solving social, economic, or political issues.

Country Specifics: In addition to the overarching MEPI objectives and requirements identified above, projects in Morocco must meet country-specific project priority areas as outlined below:

 (1) Foster inclusive economic growth that reaches marginalized communities, youth, and women: Proposals must focus on creating jobs, as well as bridging the gap between the education system and the job market, with a focus on areas outside of the major cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, and Tangier. Priority will be given to projects that focus on youth and women residing outside of major cities. Activities could include but are not limited to:

a. Promoting the creation of small- and medium-size businesses by providing technical assistance to address challenges to private sector development, including legal procedures, and difficulties in accessing finance; and/or

b. Improving job seekers’ skills and employability through technical and skills training that lead to placement in internships and employment opportunities.

(2) Encourage citizens’ engagement in participatory governance and decision-makers’ willingness to work with citizen groups and civil society organizations: Proposals must be innovative, sustainable, and actively support increased dialogue between citizens, civil society, and local government with the goal of effectively addressing the needs of the community. Activities could include but are not limited to:

a. Expanding local civic education efforts that promote transparency, public safety, gender equality, and a deeper understanding of citizens’ rights in innovative, measurable, and sustaining ways.

b. Increasing citizen awareness and participation, particularly among young women and men, of avenues of participation and communication with local government. This could include knowing who to contact for various services or educational information. Ideally, youth-led organizations would find innovative ways to engage youth on issues that matter the most to them, and provide innovative ways for youth to interact with peers and local government bodies.

Geographic/Thematic Focus: Proposals should focus on areas outside of the major cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, and Tangier.

Specific eligibility requirements: Applicant organizations must be registered with the Government of Morocco.

MEPI 2019 Local Grants NOFO is now posted.  The MEPI Local Grants Program’s mission is to sustain the United States’ commitment to strengthen direct partnerships with local actors to promote prosperity and participatory governance.

 

Link to the Grant Opportunity: 2019 Local Grants NOFO

 

Applicants must submit their complete application materials electronically through Grants.gov or via email to NEA-Grants@state.gov  by 5:00PM on May 21, 2019

 

Closing date for applications is May 21, 2019.