Democracy Commission Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy Democracy Commission Grants Program awards grants to Macedonian non-profit and non-governmental organizations and independent media for projects that support the development of democratic institutions in the Republic of Macedonia.

The Commission is most interested in projects relating to:

  • Promoting rule of law / effective administration in justice
  • Fostering independent media / enhancing professionalism in the media
  • Civic education and civil society
  • Institutionalization of open, pluralistic, democratic political processes at the local level
  • Interethnic community building
  • Empowerment of women and youth
  • Promoting economic and business development
  • Human rights
  • Reconciliation of disputes
  • Combating human trafficking
  • Environmental protection

The Democracy Commission Grants Program cannot fund:

  • Projects supporting partisan political activity
  • Humanitarian/social aid and charities or charitable activities
  • Professional development for individuals, including conferences and trips abroad
  • Commercial or trade activities
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Scientific research
  • Institutional development or support of an organization
  • Activities that duplicate existing projects
  • Individuals or organizations from outside of Macedonia

The Democracy Commission will evaluate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic
  • Clarity in goals, activities, and target group
  • Sensible budgeting
  • Longer-term sustainability, where applicable
  • The ability of the applying organization to successfully carry out the project aims

The Democracy Commission will consider all proposals that meet the criteria outlined above.  If your preliminary application is under further consideration, we may ask you to come in for an interview or submit additional information.

The maximum Democracy Commission grant is $24,000.

Application Guidelines & Form:

Please email one (1) copy electronically to:; Subject: Democracy Commission Application

The Democracy Commission reviews applications every four months.  Our submission deadlines are:

December 1 |April 1 | August 1

Official website of the Program.