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Grant funding for CSOs addressing human rights and justice issues
1. Grant funding for CSOs addressing human rights and justice issues Since 2003, the East-West Management Institute (EWMI) has implemented the USAID-funded Program on Rights and Justice (“PRAJ” and “PRAJ 2”). PRAJ 2 aims to protect human rights and strengthen the justice sector by providing funding, technical assistance, education and training. A major component of this program is the provision of grants to civil society organizations (CSOs) to fund key activities relating to human rights and the rule of law. PRAJ 2 is expected to continue until September 30, 2013, contingent upon the availability of funding from USAID. PRAJ 2 is now making a Request for Applications (RFA) for grant proposals supporting legal aid services and public access to information about the justice system, including public awareness campaigns on legal aid services. Successful Grants will run for a period of either up to one or up to two years.

2. Which Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) can apply for PRAJ 2 grants? Any non-governmental (NGO), community-based (CBO) or similar organization, including groups of professionals or associations that address human rights and access to justice issues is welcome to apply. PRAJ 2 encourages organizations to work together and will consider funding coalitions, working groups, networks and associations. Organizations that share data and other resources across networks and/or alliances, in support of work proposed in the application, may receive preferential consideration.

3. What kind of grant applications will PRAJ 2 consider? CSOs are welcome to apply for PRAJ 2 support for any legal aid project that takes a participatory, non-violent approach to helping individuals and communities to better access justice. However, PRAJ 2’s Grant giving will show a strong preference for projects that provide support in the following areas:
  1. Provision of legal aid services to the indigent and, as part of the delivery of such services, the documenting and monitoring of procedural violations (including those occurring at the investigative stage of criminal case proceedings), human rights violations and deficiencies in the judicial system;
  2. Provision of legal services to victims of trafficking;
  3. The production of public information campaigns promoting awareness of legal aid services; and
  4. Court monitoring programs that build on or enhance current monitoring of judicial performance in criminal proceedings.
4. CSOs are especially welcome to seek support for projects that:
  • provide legal representation in rural areas in a manner that promotes the sharing of legal aid resources across organizations and/or uses non-lawyer legal professionals (to the extent that may be permitted by Cambodian law) to supplement the work of lawyers so as to make more efficient use of legal aid personnel and resources and/or expand the reach of legal aid;
  • engage with women, children and disadvantaged communities, including indigenous and other grassroots communities; and
  • build on existing projects that are shown to have been effective.
5. What are the requirements for applying?
To be eligible for grant funding an organization should have:
  • worked effectively in the past to improve rights and justice in Cambodia, and have well-formed plans to continue doing so;
  • a reputation for integrity and independence; and
  • sound financial and administrative procedures, and a demonstrable commitment to its own organizational development.

Applying organizations should have at least 12 months experience although an exception may be made if sufficient evidence establishes that the organization’s directors have adequate prior experience and the CSO is filling a niche that has been underserved in the past.

Additionally, preference may be given to organizations that 1) have achieved or are working toward the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia’s Good Practice Project certification (see for details), and 2) can show they meet all Cambodian regulatory requirements (including the payment of taxes, income and rental taxes).

6. How should applications be made, and by when?
Applications must be sent to East-West Management Institute (EWMI) office in both hard and soft (electronic on CD) copies. Applications must be in English, please. Accompanying Khmer versions are also welcome.

Proposal guidelines, instructions and application forms are available, in English and Khmer, from the PRAJ website at They can also be collected from the Receptionist at the EWMI office during office hours (8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Monday through Friday). The address of the EWMI office is # 43, Street 208, Phnom Penh.

Applications must be made to the EWMI office by no later than 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

7. How are applications assessed?
Grant applications addressing sections 3, 4 and 5 above, and which include all required forms, documents and information per the proposal guidelines and instructions (see section 6 above) will be considered by a Grant Review Committee consisting of specialist staff from PRAJ 2 and USAID. The Committee will meet and evaluate the submitting organization under the criteria set forth in section 5, and the value of the proposal based on the likely impact of the proposed work and the efficiency of that impact based on apparent costs. Proposals including one or more of the enumerated project areas in section 3, one or more of the elements in section 4, and/or which work together or share resources between organizations as described in section 2 may be reviewed more favorably. The Committee will select proposals on a competitive basis. PRAJ 2 will inform all applicants of the result of their individual proposal.

8. Is this RFA the only opportunity to apply for a PRAJ 2 Grant?
No, it may not be. The PRAJ-USAID Grant Review Committee will meet as required to consider unsolicited grant applications. However, the bulk of PRAJ 2’s grant funds go to applications made in response to PRAJ 2’s periodic RFA. Funding may not be available to support grant applications at other times.

9. Is there some way of finding out more about the RFA?
To help CSOs learn more about how to apply for a PRAJ 2 grant, PRAJ 2 staff will organize an orientation workshop in Phnom Penh. At the workshop, PRAJ 2 staff will also explain the targeted results PRAJ-USAID expects partners to achieve under PRAJ 2’s results framework. This may help organizations better focus their grant writing efforts.

If your CSO plans to attend this orientation session, please inform Ms. Eung Srey Nou, EWMI-PRAJ Receptionist, by emailing or call 012 373 864 or 855 23 224 782/ 221 164.

The details of the orientation workshop are as follows:

Phnom Penh: Monday June 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh, at #1, Street 92, Wat Phnom Sangkat, Phnom Penh City, Kingdom of Cambodia. For information about the hotel address telephone 855 23 430 333 or 012 945 082.

For more information about the RFA contact: Sin Kim Sean, at email: or call to 855 23 224 782/ 221 164/ 012 333 757.

PRAJ 2 is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). U.S. government procurement and spending regulations apply to all PRAJ 2 grantees.

Grant awards are contingent upon the availability of USAID funding.


Request for Application (RFA)

  • Proposal guidelines, instructions and applicaion forms are available in English - Khmer