Religious Freedom Fund

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) through its Office of Religious Freedom (ORF), is launching a Religious Freedom Fund call for proposals. Individual proposals should not exceed CAD 500,000.

The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2014, at 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.

After submitting your proposal, you will receive an email confirming that your proposal has been received. If you have not received a confirmation email, your proposal will not be considered received.
The call is intended to achieve one or several of the following outcomes:
  • Increased capacity of religious communities to access the public space so they can benefit from religious freedom;
  • Strengthened institutions’ and civil society’s response to specific violations of religious freedom in targeted countries and promote tolerance and  pluralism; and/or,
  • Increased effectiveness of organizations, including national and international stakeholders, to act against violations of freedom of religion.
The call will consider proposals whose aim is to promote and defend freedom of religion through one or several of the following:
  • Enhanced interfaith dialogue between religious communities on issues related to religious freedom;
  • Increased interfaith awareness among relevant audiences or groups to discuss and promote religious freedom;
  • Enhanced institutional and civil society capacity to monitor the situation of religious freedom;
  • Greater access by decision-makers and government officials to research addressing freedom of religion;
  • Greater awareness by  decision-makers and government officials of threats to freedom of religion;
  • Increased capacity of organisations to provide training on legal and legislative aspects of religious freedom; and,
  • Increased capacity of organizations that defend either people targeted because of their faith or human right defenders acting on behalf of such persons.
The geographic scope includes countries from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (including Central Asia).

  • local non-governmental, community, religious, academic or not-for-profit organizations based in foreign countries;
  • international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations; and,
  • Canadian non-governmental, community, religious, academic and not-for-profit organizations operating abroad.
*Individuals as well as military and paramilitary organizations are ineligible to receive project funding under this program

Organizations must meet all eligibility criteria and every requirement indicated in the application form to be considered for the Religious Freedom Fund call for proposals either on their own or as the lead organization in a consortium. Organizations that do not meet the eligibility requirements may form a consortium with another organization meeting all required eligibility criteria.

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