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Human Rights and Democracy Programme

The Human Rights and Democracy Fund 2015-2016 in Brazil is now open for the submission of project proposals

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The Human Rights and Democracy Programme (HRDP) is the FCO’s dedicated annual fund supporting human rights and democracy work overseas. Through targeted projects, it aims to lift the capacity of governments and civil society to promote and protect human rights.

The HRDP is a strategic programme; we therefore assess every bid we receive carefully for impact and fit with both the overarching HRDP strategy, and our human rights strategy for that country.


As a nation with global interests, the UK has motive and means to shape the international community’s response to humanitarian crises, security threats and other human rights and geopolitical developments. Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are at the heart of the UK Government’s foreign policy.

By funding human rights projects across eight thematic priorities, the HRDP targets areas that are important to us and where we consider we can make the greatest impact. These eight thematic priorities are:

  • global torture prevention
  • abolition of the death penalty
  • promotion and protection of freedom of expression
  • upholding freedom of religion and belief
  • women’s rights
  • business and human rights
  • strengthening democratic processes
  • preventing sexual violence in conflict

In particular, we will also look for projects that can demonstrate impact, value for money, and sustainability. How will the activities in your proposal continue once HRDP funding has ceased? How can initial HRDP funding be used to bring about a bigger change in the longer term?

The deadline for submitting project concept bids is 5pm on Wednesday 26th November 2014. Concept bids must be submitted using Project concept form (MS Word Document, 92.5KB) . Please send the completed form (in English) to and include “HRD Fund Project Proposal” in the subject line.

Please refer to Guidance for Potential Implementers at Concept Stage (MS Word Document, 230KB) for further information.

Concept bids should be no more than three pages in length. Bids will be assessed by the local Programme Board. If your bid is chosen by the local Programme Board, we will then contact you by 5th December to discuss the development of a full project proposal.

Please assume that your concept bid has been unsuccessful if you do not hear back from us by 5th December 2014. Unfortunately due to the volume of bids we will be unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful concept bids.

Full project proposals will be forwarded to the London Programme Board for consideration against other bids worldwide. We will inform all successful and unsuccessful full projects proposals applicants by the end of March 2015.

Bidding Process Timetable

Date Phase
6/11/2014 Call for bids and launch on British Embassy in Brazil website
26/11/2014 Deadline to submit concept bids to the British Embassy in Brazil
05/12/2014 British Embassy in Brazil will contact those whose concept bids have been chosen and discuss the development of a full project bid
12/01/2015 Deadline to submit full proposals to the British Embassy in Brazil
16/03/2015 Successful and unsuccessful bidders are notified by the British Embassy in Brazil
31/03/2015 Project grant contracts agreed
01/04/2015 2015-16 projects commence

Project implementation commence 1st April 2015 and must be completed by 28th February 2016. We will fund projects up to a value of £200,000. Projects in excess of that amount may be considered exceptionally.

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Published 7 November 2014