Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of CSOs worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. 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. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around USD 50.000. The NED Board of Directors makes decisions on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline for submitting proposals is 22 June 2018. More information is available here.