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CDROLLE “ACCESS TO JUSTICE” GRANTS PROGRAM

CDROLLE “ACCESS TO JUSTICE” GRANTS PROGRAM

Request for Proposals

“Access to Justice” Grants Program

The Coordinating Director for Rule of Law and Law Enforcement (CDROLLE) at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul is pleased to announce that the Embassy is currently accepting applications for its “Access to Justice” Grants Program.

What is the CDROLLE “Access to Justice” Grants Program?

The CDROLLE “Access to Justice” Grants Program is a U.S. Government initiative, launched in 2011 by the U.S. Embassy’s Rule of Law section. The CDROLLE program provides flexible, quick-impact grants to Afghan organizations to undertake projects to improve access to the justice system, address organizational capacity in the justice sector, and raise awareness of legal rights.

What kind of grant proposals can CDROLLE support?

CDROLLE supports grant proposals that fulfill one or more of the following objectives:

1. Improve access to justice and legal aid

2. Build judicial capacity

3. Address gender-specific legal problems

4. Empower civil society

 

Who can apply for a CDROLLE grant?

CDROLLE grants are intended for civil society organizations, including Afghan nonprofit organizations (NPOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), universities, government agencies, community groups, women’s organizations, professional associations, social movements, business associations, and advocacy groups to undertake projects improving access to justice in Afghanistan. Preference will be given to organizations applying for a CDROLLE grant which are Afghan-led. In addition, CDROLLE will only accept applications from non-partisan organizations that are not working on behalf of a specific political party or lobbying for a particular political agenda.

What are the selection criteria for CDROLLE grant applications?

Each application will be evaluated by a selection committee. The selection criteria are as follows:

  • The project is based on needs identified by Afghan officials and/or by the National Priority Program “Law & Justice for All” and “Transparency & Accountability”;
    • The project supports one or more of the CDROLLE objectives outlined above;
    • The award amount is $10,000-$250,000;
    • The project has a clear plan with tangible and measurable outcome;
  • The organization has demonstrated that they have the technical capacity, organizational capability, and leadership to carry out the project;
    • The costs are reasonable, allowable, and allocable;
    • The proposal is cost effective;
  • The project is scheduled to be completed and capable of being completed in one year or less.

How can I apply for a CDROLLE grant?

Applicants may submit their proposals to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan by emailing a completed application to CDROLLEGrants@state.gov. Applications in English and Dari are accepted, though English is strongly preferred. Applicants must submit project proposals electronically not later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 31, 2012.  Applicants are encouraged to use the suggested application format as provided by the CRDOLLE office.