2019 Notice of Funding for MEPI Local Grants

  1. The US Embassy is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Notice of Funding for MEPI Local Grants.  
Announcement Type: New
Date Opened: 4/19/2019
Deadline for Questions: 5/2/2019
Application Deadline: 5/21/2019
Expected Date of Notification: 9/30/2019


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 must meet country-specific project priority areas as outlined below:

Israel Country Priorities:

  1. Economic empowerment of disadvantaged groups through advocacy, skills training that lead to job placement, regional cooperation, and industrial/tech zones.
  2. Strengthening national security and policing partnerships with local authorities and relevant key holders.
  3. Building leaderships skills through non-partisan projects for diverse political and social activists.
  4. Promoting awareness of rights and civic education within the Bedouin community, with particular emphasis on women.

Geographic/Thematic Focus: Target beneficiaries will be from periphery communities and disadvantaged groups, as well as relevant key policy figures.

Specific eligibility requirements:

  • NGO’s or non-profit institutions including academia with headquarters based in Israel
  • Must be registered with the Israeli Ministry of Justice
  • Implementers of a MEPI Local Grantwith a current MEPI project still under implementation by August 1, 2019 are not eligible to apply to this funding opportunity.
  • Priority will be given to applicants with at least two years of experience.
  • Applicants are encouraged to have   existing private sector or government partnerships when relevant.

The  Embassy  will hold  the following information sessions :

On May 6th from 10:00-12:00 in Tel Aviv=>Address: US Embassy Public Affairs Section, One Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv. REGISTARTION IS CLOSED.

On May 6th from 14:00-16:00 in Jerusalem=>Address: The American Center, 19 Keren Hayesod Street, Jerusalem

On May 7th  from  11:00-13:00 in Nazareth=>Address: Maaof- Nazareth Business Incubator – Paulus the sixth st. N 87 / The White Center Building 6th floor.

Please RSVP by sending an email with your name, title and organization by May 2, 2019 to mepitelaviv@state.gov  Each organization can  submit  one representative.   Space is limited.