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United States Department State
Washington, DC, 20520
November 2017
Case No. 09463
Segments: Tlrana-OOZ
Mr. William Marshall
425 Third SL, SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024
Dear Mr. Marshall: refer our letter dated October 10, 2017, under the Freedom Information Act (the
FOIA), U.SiC. 552. The processing ofdocuments potentially responsive-to your
request remains ongoing and has located ten additional documents reviewing these
documents, have determined that six may released full and four may released part. enclosure explains the FOIA exemptions. and other grounds for withholding material.
Where have made excisions, the applicable FOLA exemptions are marked each
documents All released material enclosed, you have any questions, you may contact Assistant Attorney Daniel Schaefer,
(202) 252-2531 Daniel.Schaefer@usdoj.gov, Please sure refer the case
number, F-2017-09463, and the civil action number, l7-cv-01012, all correspondence
about this case.
Sincerely,
QJJMUWWFM
Eric Stein, Director Information Programs and Services
Enclosures: stated,
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Sent: Monday, February 22, 2015
Yo: Milre, Elga Ana Gldkulal Cullu Suzana [us/um; Andl
Dubmsh Mihallaq Pislcll Angelina
Subjem Invitation the Grant Proposal Technical Revlew Meeting In! Danors Friday,
February 251 1016 1400
Hello Everyane, would like convene the Donors Grant Review/mg meeting the Democracy Commission
Small GrantsPragmm. have received applications from many NGOs during the rst round this program, and would like invite you discussron these proposals. Your valuable
input and comments will used the Embassy Democracy Cmnmissinn, which has the
ultimate authnrity awarding the grants hnpe yau will able participate this meeting, which will take place the
Embassy Friday. February 2016 00. Please attached list the grant proposals
with summarized descriptions, grant program requirements and guidelines and the cell for
proposals. look fnrward hearing from you
Thanks and regards
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To: Mllre, Elga. Ana Glckulaj; Cullu Suma (usual; Andl rushl hallaq Qluu
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swim: lnvilallon the Grant pmposal Technical Review Meeting far Donor: Thursday,
September 03, 2015 15m
Hello Everyone, would like convene the Donoxs Grunt Reviewing meeting the Democracy Commissinn
Small Grunts Program. have recewed applications from many NGOs during the third round this program, focusing anticolruption, and would like invite you discussion these
proposals, Your valuable input arid comments willbe used the US, Embassys Democracy
Commission, which has the ultimate authority awarding the grants harm you will able participate this meeting, which will take place the us.
Embassy Thursday, September 03. 2015 1500 Please attached listgi the grant
pmpissals Witli summarized descriptions look forward hearing from you
Thanks and regards
Ilva
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Guidelines for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program
The Democracy Commission Small gnsms program was initiated 1994 exible
mech ism which American Embassies are able award small sums money for projects
and Itivcs that support the development democracy the countries ofCentral Europe and
the Baltic States The small grants program for non governmental activnies that promote grassroots
democracy. Thus. very important explain how the project promotes democracy.
Projects, which provide direct social service, such serviccs individuals with disability, nol meet strict D.C. guidciines Rather. projects should include democracy building
aspects such as: public awareness, respect for human tigtts and advocacy for Ihe targeted
groups establishment and prescrvollnn the rule low and democracy, economic reform,
enVironmentaJ clean up, the strengthening the NGO sector. thc reconciliation disputes,
and better Joumalism etc. Tire maximumamount pergpmt issmilin However, mostgrantswillbelorsmaller
llllOlllIlSi The Public Affairs section the embassy each country responsible for submitting ALL
proposals Washington for technical review the proposaKs) have been.approved
the commission. Upon approval, Washington sends authorization the embassy write the
grant locally. the technical review Washington will look sec how the project promotes
democracy. Grunts should seek laollltate long-term sustainability and democratic institution-building for local organizations and support efforts promote reform. Grants for publication materials should describe the intended audience, provide clear
understanding the materials content, and specify who responsible for the distribution
the materials. clear time frame, especially adate which the grant funded activity expected end,
recommended. Budgets should submitted dollars. These grants may NOT used to: hind American organizations and individuals fund activnics for which there are existing programs. provide for long-term infrastructural needs.
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okay with clear justi cation and {or different projects. Grants generally avoid paying salaries professional fees with grams, salarics appear
necessary and appmpriule, the following guidelines apply Salary levels should reasonable and higher man olher local salaries for similar work. Salary should calculated lump-sum, based the total number hours worked for Ihe
duration the project. Grams may not pay for food_ refreshments, Bul nebessary workshop
conference other event, are grantee another donor organizalio must pay for ii. repnn every grant mnsl submitted the Public Affairs secion aflhe embassy
Washington upon complelion oflhe at:liviry(s]. The report will used evaluate whelher
rhe program has accomplished goals Evaluation essential tothe inwgrity ofihe
program and also required account for the dispersal ofUSG funds. Future funding
rho program will conlingent careful revrcw its accomplishments, suggested formal for writing grams and evaluation provided with these guidelines.
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DEMOCRACY COMMISSION SMALL GRANTS
Public Affairs Section
U.s. EmbassyTimna, Alhonio
APPLICATION GUIDELINES GnnIAppIiunl
Nome otute orglnlzalinn, Address, phonrlt number/email address, name and title orotreotor
and other Slgni cant stslrmemtters, panicululythose who will Involved the project.
Applicants should also attach cv, resume personal history the people who wlll
engaged theprojeot one should exceed one page. linekground Applicant
When was the organization lomtdlxi, what are IIS pvinciple aettutttes, Slgm lllnl achievements,
etc copy oItlte registration papers ofthe organization tssuod host country authorities
should attached
III. Program Description/Purpose
What does thl: applicant propose do? The preposnl should contain sumoient inrorrnation that
anyone not familiar with would understand exactly what the applicant wants and why
The more spoeilio, oetailerl, and elenr the program description, the hotter Remember lhal the
DcmacrtaCy Commlsslon will only nwnro mud: the bESI proposals, those thntcan etearlyshow the proposed project wul help theoevelopntent ofdemnbmic, treenierlret society tho host
country.
lv. Proyeetrustirteotion
This very important ospeotoithe proposal and applieonts should pay particular attention
Whit the Importance oflhe ploymt Why should funded? Who will oated this
proieet? WIllt oilrerenoe does make (or your counlry Remember Ihat the Democracy
Commission will only suppnn those projects that will make important contribution
Appliclnts m-y also attach Imzrs olendarsement attusting the sertousnes: afth: proposal.
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Describe expeciod long-lerm ecls orthe pro lflhe projeel intended coniinue
ill: funding from lhe Democracy Commission ends, ihe proposal musl also oonlain very
rliorougn explanatlcn how mganluliun will fund die activily lire iulure. lra convincmg
expinnslion nol included, line will disqunlify the project from opnsiderelion for Democracy
Commission suppon.
Vl. Proposed ngrlm dares
When will lire projeer carried aul, irir funded? realistic abnul dares. Remember that,
even irapproved, funds from (he Democracy Commission may nor available roras long rwo rhree monlhs from lhe lime the applicallon submitted (For example. illhe applicaul submiu
rlie proposal Seplember, but states llisl rile projeci us! begin Scplember, rile Cnmm ission
may reJecl lhe proposal unrealisric iliis basis alone.)
v11. Derailed Budg including snpponing narrative order sure lhm lhe Commission understands why rhere need (or money, the. applimnr
should prepare linebyline list olexpenseg lhal will generaied (his projeci, Tlie budgzl
should pyepawd logical manner and offer enough dcmil lhai rsvlcwel will able
undersland exactly whal lhe gures mean and how mar figure was determined
ALL PROJECT EXPENSES SHOULD CAIEULATED ADVANCE AND
REALISTIC. THE DEMOCRACY COMMISSION MEMBERS WILL NOT AUTHORIZE
ANV FUNDS THERE ANY QUESTION ABOUT THE BUDGET,
The budget narrative should follow lhc acIlwI budge! plescnlation ilself and describe some
delarl rile cosls prEsenied die budgel. oilier words, inc narruiive explains, line line, wnsl
rlie numbers mean and how Ihey were determined (Forexample, ATravel: 5mm. Explmalion:
Twodayoonieienw (Iocallon) for 30p3l 1lclp nl5 Wllliazxsso Havel gram each panicipani
for room, board and Imnspumllun costs)
lnlie proposnl seeks funding purchase service arequipmenl, lire applicalion must include
ilrree pm-fomla eslimalcs from lire serviee equipment vendor. Simply lisring Aeompuier and
prim 4,000 n01 sumcieni. The Commission will wanl know What kind oleornpnier,
wnai kind ofprinlcr and how much ihree differeni vendors will charge for iliis equipment.
BUDGET GUIDELINES
Program expenses should cover all cosrs for projeer aciivirieszliey may include all
honoraria specialisis ssspciales; navel/per diem/Iadging expenses for lrips; and all
expenses ror seminars conferences (speakers: fee, prepnrslion uFmalerials and room
renlnl),
Salaries could paid onlyro lire people who will spend majoliryoflhoir rinre the
projbct and have signed conrrnczs The salnry should calodlared rlie total number
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hours worked (or the duration otthe project Salary levels should reasonable and higher
than ether lucal salaries. and should include all local taxes
equipment means wmpulcr, copying machine, printer other technical devices necessary
for the ful llment-citric project (for example, the purchase computer for arganlzlng
eonierence not ajusti expense)
Administralive expenses include communication expenses (phone, fax, email, postage), hank
taxes; copying and print services; materiais(paper, loner, envelopes, etc
Blank charge; should prercaloulplud and included the budget. Please note that any
interest earned the grant sum must relumed the Us. Govemment.
The use miscellaneous expense budget item unacceptable.
Cocktail parties and meals not integtul program event are not acceptable grain expenses. effort should made socurc funding 00m sonrms {or {and Costs
Entertainment cDSlS (amusement, diversion. social aclivitics, ceremontais, alcoholic
beverages, cocktail parties) are not allowable expenses.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BUDGET [TEMS CANNOT CHANGED DURING THE
FULFILLMENT THE PROJECT.
vm. ReportingRequlremeuls
ltyou receive funding from rhe Democracy Commission. you will required submit
detailed pregram and nancial report the outcomes the pmjch Please describe when
you will submit the report the outcomes and who will prepare the nancial report (ego
accountant)
kind contribution
ix, Other sources suppnrl tor this project, including the
theapplying organiznlion
Please deserilae the possibilities for lndmg orthe project other organization.
Please describe the inaktnd contribution ofyour organization can voluntary work, use premises, vehicles, classroom supplies, equipment payment ofa program event from
will own tundste rental era halt, printing oranncuneenients, meals, travel,
Please state which other organizations you have applied for funding wtth the same project
and the status those applications
PLEASE NOT SEND THE APPLICATION BEFORE YOU
Read once again the Democracy Commission Guidelines that describe the Small
Grant Program. Make sure you understand these guidelines and that your proposal fits
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Carefully review the applieslion rnalre sure complete and free armors
Ask snmcune who does nol know anylillng aboul your project read your proposal
delermin: in: undersmndabln. Remember lhn ill: memhcrs oflhe Democracy
Commission will no: know anyllring nboul your proposel unlil rhey read ii, lfiliey
eennor undersrand simply reading whar you nave wrinen, will nor epproved.
Ask someone wirli experience applying for grams look nppllulion and
provide advice improving ii.
Make sure ills application nuily Iypzd and mad English. Pcrfccl English nul rcqulwd bill the proposal musi undersiandsble English spcakcr.
Appliculions which not insiudc ills lcquiwd information npl zumply wih1hc
requiremwts cflhz Program guidelines. will run reviewed.
SEND THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM
Democracy Commission Small Grams Program (Public Arrairs otlrce)
Unlled Stale: Embassy Tiram. Albania
Address Rr. Elbassnii, )0], Tiran:
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Democracy Commission Small Grants Program
The United States Embassy Tirana, acting through the Publlc Alfairs ce, pleased announce open mmpztitian for assstance awards through this NOTICE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
(NOFO) fur DEMOCRACV COMMISSION SMALL cums ransom,
Purpose onhe Program
The Democracy commission Small Grants Program supports initiatives orlocal nongovernmental
organizations (N605) engaged In, building the social and intellectual foundations democracy, the
democratic resolution problems, strengthening clvll society watchdog activities. and the
institutionalization open, pluralistlc political processes. The Democracy Cnmmlssion program seeks support initiatiyes throughout Albania variety ptnelds, including those related anti-
corruptloh, participatory and good governance, invesligatlve journalism, respect for human
rights/minority rights, womens empowerment, dispute reconciliation, environmental awareness, and
combining human tramckihg
Ylle call for proposal: has ciose The next call will announced Spring, zine.
The pemoeraey Commission does not iond projects such the following Fund-raising campaigns Humanitarian assistance projects Scienti research projects Projects with budgets that exceed $24,000 and lake more than year implement ijecrs that duplicate Existing proyects being implemented organization Projects suarnitted (or-pro commercial organlzalions Pmyects tnat alm support partisan political and/ religious activity Conferences and ihowldual aoroad Trade activities
Evaluation Process:
The Embassy has established the Democracy commission, which reviews and evaluates proposals
tar this program. ltwlli take the Commission two months aiter the application deadlihe
complete its renew process. Applicants may contacted with questions during this review process,
and will also informed whether not thelromposal was selected via e-rnall
Evaluation Criteria:
The Democracy commission will assess the lollawlngymen evaluating grant pmposnls
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human resources implement the project The organization demonstrates that has (IPGF understanding the underiylng ISSUE that
the project aiming address and atile articulate with speci city and clarity. The organization has consulted reteuant resources, experts and potential partner organizations
during the project design phase. The organization has identi appropriate bene ciaries target grows way that
maximizes project outputs and outcomes and the project hasa tiearrocusend manageable
scape, The projects idea and approach are innovative, vet capaole oeing completed with the
program period. Proposed project activities must concrete, detailed, and supported try
reasonaole work plan. The project budget well-organized, detailed and reasonable. There are budget lines
labeled miscellaneous expenses Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not
included the oudget. The budget demonstrates that the organization has devoted time
plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead providing rough
estimates, The organization has clearly articulated how will assess and measure its own perlormance
throughout the project implementation phase using concrete quantitative and qualitative
assessment tools. the project proposal descrioes clearly the approach that used ensure maximum
sustainability, the projects results arter its completion, Past performance, including US. government funded grants, indicates reliability, responsible
use resources, and ability follow through With project aims.
Speci Guidelines:
IMPORYANT! Organizations may only submit one proposal per program The maximum grant amount USD 24,0uo. Grants are made one-time basis. successtui applicant may reapply ior second grant.
out the second pmpasai must ior distinctly dilterent project then the rst project
lunded try the Democracy Commission organizations are eligioie receiuing tunding irorri this program not more oitcn than once
two years. u.s organizations and individuals are not eligiole ror grants under the program.
The application requires detailed description the activity tor which grant Funds are being
reouested and oudget proposal oroken dawn expenditure category; otherwise will not
(answered,
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All anal-callnns are redulred English. You musr use arnclal ipplicariun lorm, wnlcn ragerner
with apullcnlidn guldellne package can obtalned e-me lillng PDgrantstlale.gav
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persarl The mum declsmn registration numoerorme organlzallon The bank aredunz number-OHM urgenllatlurl orleldesenptlon ufwnat ardanrzallon dae desennrlon ollne project: now the grant wlll used and wno the largel audlenee deralled descriptlon ofwhy pmject necessary The apuroxmate {lme from [he nedinmng the completlon dnne omen Descriptlun ofthe pmj quals, and now thls can measured conelusron nrzne project Previulls grams vanous donors (name oldo ndr, goal prujlct, and amount) deralled budget, sting all cumnonent lrems The amount msl-sharlnd the grantee
Coples the adult dezlsldn reglslratlon, Statute argnnlzatinn, and CV5 the maln staff the
project must lncluded apphcation package. Any appllcauon that dues cover all ahave pomzs Wlll not cansmered.
Please send vaur appllcalion package the Idlldwlng address:
Democracy commlsslon small Grams mgram
Embassy the unlted Stats: America Eloasanlz, NI.
Tlrarla, Albania
suhmls the electronic version (Ward and Excel var-nan III the applrealian harm
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yo: Andi Doblushl Mlhaiiag Qino Mme,
Ega Ana GJakulaj, :eiiuii. Suzana
(USAID) Fistol Angjelina
Subjeu: invimien Grant Proposal Technical Review Meeting far Danas Thursday iune
25,20153l14.00
Heiie Everyone, would like mnvene lheDannrs Grant Reviewing meeting the uevnutratycummissian Smaii Grams Progvam have received applicaxions irom many N605 dining live: mund mis pmgram, Musing mainly good
gnvernance, domestic violence, anti-trafficking, and womens empawevment, nnt unly, and weuia like invite vau distussiun inese proposalsvaurvaluabie input and (ommemswlll used u.s. Embassy oemecrany
Commission, which has the ulllmale authonly awarding granls. hope you will able participate meeting. which will take place us. Embassy Thursday, June 25,
1015 200. Please find attached list A)! the glint prppusals with summarixed descriptions.
Lin project
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Thanksand vegavds
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ngram Assistant
Pimiic Affairs
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