The purpose of the Democracy and Human Rights Fund (DHRF) is to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote respect for human rights in Cameroon. The DHRF provides assistance to Cameroonian organizations that seek to implement short-term, highly targeted activities designed to show measurable results. For more than twenty years, DHRF funding has supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon. Typical DHRF grants are approximately USD 10,000 (or about 4.5 million francs FCFA); they may not exceed USD 25,000 (or about 11.25 million francs FCFA). A single group may not apply for or more than one grant in a given funding period. Organizations that have successfully partnered with development agencies in the past and that can provide audited financial statements will be more competitive for this program and stand a greater chance of receiving DHRF funding.
The U.S. Embassy will give priority to proposals that are creative and innovative and that utilize technology and modern media to reach a wide audience. In comparison, programs that are not activity-based, such as workshops, will be less competitive.
Basic Project Requirements
The U.S. Embassy will consider funding only those projects that:
Project Categories and Acceptable Activities and Items
Unacceptable Activities and Items
DHRF funding may not be used to conduct the following activities or purchase the following items:
Funded Projects in 2011
In the year 2011, the U.S. Embassy was pleased to sponsor four DHRF projects for a total of USD 60,000. The themes of the projects that received funding included:
Table 1 – Projects Funded in 2011 by Region and Project Theme
|631-DHR-11-01||Center||Enhancing human rights education in 20 secondary schools in Yaounde
|631-DHR-11-02||East||Creation of an information and assistance center for women
|631-DHR-11-03||Far North||Training and support program for young single mothers and former female detainees
|631-DHR-11-04||Littoral||Encourage budget transparency and public participation in the budgeting process in Douala city councils through information and communication|
|631-DHR-11-05||Littoral||Nkouadengue project (To secure respect for the rights of people discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.)|
|631-DHR-11-06||North West||Youth electoral rights project (YERP!)|
Selection and Award Process
The program is highly competitive; historically, less than ten percent of applicants receive funding each year. If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant and verify the information. The selection committee will base its decision on the potential impact, feasibility, and financial soundness of the proposed activity. The committee will consider the track record of the organization proposing the activity as well as its contribution to the project.
Application deadline: Open Season. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Selection period: January to April
Award period: May to June
How to Apply for the Fund
Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy. Click here (PDF - 148KB) to download the application. You can also request the application by mail or in person through the DHRF Office. The Democracy and Human Rights Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request any payment to receive and evaluate a project.
Address: Democracy and Human Rights Fund
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaoundé
Telephone: 2220-1500 Ext. 4171
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm and
Friday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm