Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. NED funds only nongovernmental organizations, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations. NED is interested in proposals from local, independent organizations for nonpartisan programs that seek to: Promote and defend human rights and the rule of law; Support freedom of information and independent media; Strengthen democratic ideas and values; Promote accountability and transparency, etc. The NED Board of Directors makes decisions on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline for submitting proposals is 20 January 2017. More information is available here.