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MEPI Local Grants

MEPI Local Grants

Each year, MEPI provides a significant number of local grants directly to local organizations based in the Middle East and North Africa. These organizations include members of civil society, including NGOs, civic groups, reform networks, and academic institutions that are committed to supporting democratic values and the active participation of all individuals in social, political, and economic life. These Grants promote reform and civic activism at the local and national levels in the Middle East and North Africa, build the institutional capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and strengthen civil society. Funding is available for projects that protect and advance civil liberties especially political and civic rights, empower women and youth, strengthen the rule of law, develop independent and pluralistic media, foster economic opportunity and economic reform, and promote an educated, active, and informed citizenry. Local grant projects usually range from $50,000 to $150,000 each, are intended to support quick impact activities, and are generally completed in one year. Applications must be submitted in English.  

Current MEPI Funding Opportunity: 

MEPI Local Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 

2016 Competition is Now Open! 

We are pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is currently accepting applications for the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) local grants, a program of the U.S. Department of State that supports projects promoting more Pluralistic, Participatory, and Prosperous societies across the Middle East and North Africa.

Preference will be given to projects that promote MEPI’s goals especially within vulnerable communities all across Israel. Extra consideration will be given this year to projects that clearly:

Promote more participatory communities through encouraging representation of all sectors of society in decision-making, including national governance and security discussions; promoting dialogue between communities, police, and relevant authorities; addressing at-risk youth populations and violent extremism.

Promote more pluralistic communities through addressing gender, age, political orientation, and national diversity within social, economic, and policy groups; advocating for public accountability and the rule of law. 

Promote more prosperous communities through the advancement of entrepreneurship, business development and economic advocacy, as well as forging relevant public and private partnerships through holistic approaches.

Proposals not targeting these areas may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

MEPI Local Grants usually range from $50,000 to $150,000 each. The average awarded grants are around $80,000. Most projects financed by Local Grants are approximately one-year in duration.  Proposals focusing on conflict resolution, coexistence, and reconciliation, while extremely worthwhile, usually do not meet MEPI Israel main criteria. If this is your key objective, we encourage you to consider applying for USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation Grants or check the Embassy’s on going Public Diplomacy Grants Program.

Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process. We encourage partnerships and cooperation with community, officials, decision making leadership, and institutions. The most competitive projects will complement one another and work together to address a single issue from different angles. 

The Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv will hold the following information sessions. Please RSVP to is limited.

  • Nov 5th, 2015 - Tel Aviv – 10:00 a.m. – Office of Public Affairs, US Embassy (1 Ben Yehuda Street, Migdalor) 
  • Nov 5th, 2015 - Nazareth –  14:30 p.m. – Location TBC 
  • Nov 9th, 2015 - Jerusalem – 14: 30 p.m. – The American Center  (19 Keren Hayesod Street) 


 For those who are unable to attend one of the information sessions, we will post commonly-asked questions and answers on the website after the information sessions are complete. You are also welcome to send questions to by November 12th, 2015

Check the Questions and Answers HERE

How to Apply  

Interested applicants, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) based in Israel, should fill the application forms according to the following guidance. should you have technical problem is uploading the forms, please send us an email to 

Funding Opportunity Description  

For timely consideration and funding of proposals for the current cycle, submissions should be emailed to starting Monday November 4th, 2015 and no later than Monday December 7th, 2015. 

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) programs. For more info, please go to=> /mepi_local_grants.html 


We look forward to receiving your proposals!