U.S. Middle-East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Open Funding Opportunities


Deadline: Varies

MEPI currently is currently accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:

1. Strengthening Economic Advocacy throughout the MENA Region Request for Applications Application

Deadline: March 5, 2013

U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) seeks to enhance the role private and non-governmental sectors play in influencing policy decisions and ensuring that laws, policies, regulations, and practices are transparent and responsive to the needs of business and labor. In particular, MEPI is looking for proposals that advocate for legal and regulatory reforms that support three areas:

  • Increased, expedited, more efficient, and more transparent business registration processes;
  • Improved bankruptcy and insolvency laws; and
  • More open government policies and procedures that promote greater transparency and economic growth.

The eligible countries and territories in this announcement are Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, West Bank/Gaza, and/or Yemen.


2. Local Funding Opportunity – Annual Program Statement 

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

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.

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 $25,000 to $150,000 each, are intended to support quick impact activities, and are generally completed in one year. Applications are accepted in English, Arabic, and French.

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