The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, supports efforts to expand political participation, strengthen civil society and the rule of law, empower women and youth, create educational opportunities, and foster economic reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Through timely, responsive and innovative approaches, MEPI projects provide critical assistance to local reformers and help build participatory, pluralistic, and prosperous societies. The MEPI Office at the American Consulate General, Jerusalem provides oversight of all MEPI programming in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, which includes Washington-based awards, a robust portfolio of local grants, and two exchange programs. This office also serves as the local point of contact for MEPI award recipients.
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In addition to its main Office in Washington, DC, MEPI maintains two regional offices in Kuwait and Rabat. The MEPI Regional Office (RO) in Kuwait administers more than $5 million in programming each year across North Africa and the Levant, including the Palestinian Territories. Programs consist of funding opportunities such as the Local Grants Program, as well as conferences, and exchange programs.
MEPI has contributed over 975 million USD to more than 1100 projects in 18 countries since its establishment in 2002. Several different programming mechanisms are used to provide support to MEPI’s partners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). One such mechanism is MEPI’s Washington Awards. Solicited, awarded, and managed out of MEPI’s headquarters in Washington DC, these awards are open to local, international and multi-national organizations and generally run for one year or more, for up to several million USD. Some Washington Awards may also be regional, with activities taking place in several countries across the MENA region. All programs focus on the following key areas:
- Strengthening the Foundations of Democracy
- Supporting Quality Education
- Expanding Economic Opportunity
- Empowering Women and Youth
MEPI’s main website site contains more information on MEPI’s Washington Awards, including new announcements and opportunities. Please review application guidelines carefully, as some solicitations may not be open to the Palestinian Territories.
MEPI Local Grants
The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program under the of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affair’s Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) offers assistance, training, and support to groups and individuals striving to create positive change in the society. MEPI works across the Middle East , and North Africa region partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs), community leaders, youth and women activists, and private sector groups to advance their efforts to improve their communities. MEPI’s approach is bottom-up and grassroots, responding directly to local interests and needs.
The MEPI Program responds to needs and emerging opportunities for citizens and organizations that target one or more of the following three core objectives.
- Participatory Governance: Enable civil society to effectively interact with government officials to increase responsiveness to citizen needs. Enhance citizens’ ability to actively participate in their governments and develop a more informed citizenry. For government officials, to enable their engagement with, and responsiveness to, citizens to resolve issues of shared concern.
- Economic Reform: Enable citizens, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector with the skills and resources to provide economic opportunity, and reform the region’s business climate.
- Educational Advancement: Enable professional exchanges and trainings between citizens, government officials, educational institutions, and local organizations that build expertise and linkages across the region. Proposals will not be considered that include travel outside of the United States, general education activities such as university scholarships.
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MEPI’s local grants program directly funds local organizations across the West Bank and Gaza at the community level. Through supporting local partners to implement innovative projects, MEPI provides an opportunity for Palestinian civil society to identify and solve challenges at the local level. Since 2004, MEPI Jerusalem has funded over 80 local partners to implement grants totaling over 5 million USD.
Local civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, professional organizations, youth groups, and women’s groups, and other registered organizations working with Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, are welcome to apply. Applications are evaluated through a competitive process.Local grants typically have budgets ranging from $50,000 -$150,000 USD, with a maximum of $250,000, and are up to two years in duration
Thank you for your interest in the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) local grants program.
For any additional information, please contact MEPIJerusalem@state.gov.
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- PSI-2017 MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement (PDF 151 KB)
- Executive Summary – Local Grants FY2017/18 (PDF 131 KB)