2018 MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement

The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a unique program designed to engage directly with and invest in the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  MEPI works to create partnerships with citizens to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies throughout the MENA region.  To do this, MEPI partners with local, regional and international non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and governments. More information about MEPI can be found at:

http://www.mepi.state.gov/  (in English)
http://arabic.mepi.state.gov/ (in Arabic)

Please email MEPIBeirut@state.gov  with any questions about MEPI programs and activities.

Lebanon MEPI Local Grants Announcement 2018 – Deadline February 5, 2018

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program seeks single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program. The MEPI Local Grants Program seeks projects that build links among citizens, civil society, government, and the private sector in response to emerging opportunities. The MEPI Local Grants Program supports projects that align with U.S. foreign policy goals and promotes U.S. interests in the region, enhancing stability and increasing prosperity across North Africa and the Middle East.

MEPI Beirut seeks proposals in two priority areas. Applicants should respond to one priority area only:

Priority Area A: Strengthen the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) who work outside the greater Beirut area and focus on advancing the rights of marginalized populations including women, youth, LGBTI, and persons with disabilities. Strengthening CSOs’ roles can focus on capacity-building and technical support that will increase their ability to protect and advocate for human rights in Lebanon including economic, social, political, and legal rights.

Priority Area B: Strengthen local economies and job growth, in part by ensuring that the labor force is well-matched to market needs. Proposals addressing this priority may choose to focus on either creating new jobs or preparing the workforce to fill employment gaps, or may include both.  Proposals must specify how projects will ensure coverage that is inclusive of beneficiaries from marginalized communities.

Note: Under both Priority Areas A and B, projects targeting communities outside of the greater Beirut area, either in the North, East, and/or South of the country will be given priority.

Under this PSI, U.S. Embassy Beirut seeks to support clearly defined projects that target a specific subset of one of these priority areas, to be identified by applicants in your proposal. Applicants should not seek to encompass all, or an extensive number of, different unique issues that fall within these two categories, but rather should offer innovative solutions to specific problems that will feed into the broader goals described above in the two priority areas. Additionally, priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate a successful track record and/or proven method for working in the identified space. U.S. Embassy Beirut seeks to maximize the effectiveness of projects funded through this PSI by supporting projects that are positioned to build and expand on proven methods and prior foundation-laying work. For detailed information about the MEPI Beirut Local Grants please read the MEPI Beirut PSI 2018 – PDF 384 KB.

Please find the documents to be completed here: Grant Opportunity Package under related Documents:  link to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=299178

Proposals must be submitted to U.S. Embassy Beirut by no later than close of business on February 5, 2018. Please clearly label your email subject line to indicate “2018 MEPI Local Grant Application for U.S. Embassy Beirut.”

Completed applications should be emailed to U.S. Embassy Beirut at:  MEPIBeirut@state.gov