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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs for Programs to Reduce Online Gender-Based Violence

Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence Program (TFGBV) Globally

GrantWatch ID# 207809
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
CFDA Number: 19.345
Funding or PIN Number: SFOP0009331
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations and IHEs for programs to reduce online gender-based violence and promote gender equality. Applicants are advised to begin completing required registrations immediately. Funding is intended for programs that will reduce technology-facilitated gender-based violence.

DRL seeks SOIs that bridge the gap between civil society organizations focused on GBV and civil society focused on digital safety.  DRL will support independent civil society groups, GBV direct service organizations, and/or GBV consortia and networks to pilot innovative and survivor-centered initiatives and programs to prevent, protect, or take action against Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence (TFGBV).

Competitive programs will apply an intersectional lens by piloting mechanisms that respond to the compounded oppression women and girls face when they are further marginalized, vulnerable, or at-risk due to other identifying factors such as ethnicity, race, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, sex characteristics, religion, refugee status, etc.  

The SOI goal must be centered around the ability for women and girls to engage and express themselves safely and freely on social media and other online platforms without fear or intimidation of being targeted, threatened, and silenced with TFGBV.

All programs should aim to have impact that leads to reforms and should have the potential for sustainability beyond DRL resources.  DRL’s preference is to avoid duplicating past efforts by supporting new and creative approaches.  This does not exclude from consideration projects that improve upon or expand existing successful projects in a new and complementary way.  


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations submitting SOIs must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S.- or foreign-based non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO), or a public international organization; or
- Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education; or
- Be a for-profit organization or business (noting there are restrictions on payment of fees and/or profits under grants and cooperative agreements, including those outlined in 48 CFR 30, “Cost Accounting Standards Administration”, and 48 CFR 31, “Contract Cost Principles and Procedures”);
- Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with thematic or in-country partners, entities, and relevant stakeholders including private sector partner and NGOs; and,
- Have demonstrable experience administering successful and preferably similar programs. DRL reserves the right to request additional background information on organizations that do not have previous experience administering federal awards. These applicants may be subject to limited funding on a pilot basis.

Applicants may form consortia and submit a combined SOI. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant with the other members as sub-award partners.

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. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined 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. Please see 2 CFR 200.307 for regulations regarding program income.

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System in the System for Award Management ( and/or has a current debt to the U.S. government is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR,1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR,1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity or person listed on the Excluded Parties List System in can participate in any activities under an award. All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Excluded Parties List System in to ensure that no ineligible entity or person is included in their application.

Activities that are not typically considered competitive include, but are not limited, to:
- The provision of large amounts of humanitarian assistance;
- English language instruction;
- Development of high-tech computer or communications software and/or hardware;
- Purely academic research, exchanges, or fellowships;
- External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than three months;
- Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy issues, including projects aimed primarily at research and evaluation for publication that do not incorporate training or capacity-building for local civil society;
- Activities that go beyond an organization’s demonstrated competence, or fail to provide clear evidence that activities will achieve the stated impact;
- Activities that are a duplication of other ongoing USG-funded projects in the country or region selected.

For additional funding restrictions, see p. 8 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Pre-Application Information
SOIs must arrive electronically via SAMS Domestic or by 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2023.

The submission of a SOI is the first step in a two-part process. Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise, three-page concept note designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for DRL to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon merit review of eligible SOIs, DRL will invite selected applicants to expand upon their program idea(s) through the submission of a full proposal application. Full proposals will go through a second merit review before funding recommendations are submitted to the DRL Assistant Secretary for funding approval, pending funding availability.

Organizations are not required to have a valid Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number—formerly referred to as a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number—and an active registration to apply for this solicitation through SAMS Domestic. However, if a SOI is approved, these will need to be obtained before an organization is able to submit a full application. Therefore, applicants should the process of obtaining a UEI and registration as soon as possible.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Award Floor: $500,000
Award Ceiling: $740,740

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