The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $4,643,525 in Cuba grants in 2018.
That was a 22 percent increase over $3,814,328 reported for 2017.
The top recipients in 2018 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba, $230,000; and Cubanet News Inc., $220,000. Click below for interactive graphic.
NED did not disclose the name of recipients of $716,964 in grants. Grant details are shown below.
Advocating for a Human Rights Framework for Cuba
International Platform for Human Rights in Cuba
To advocate for inclusion of human rights and the perspectives of Cuban civil society as part of EU engagement with the Cuban government. Project activities will include monitoring the implementation of the EU-Cuba bilateral treaty, identifying opportunities to present human rights concerns of Cuban democrats, enhancing the understanding of the new framework of EU-Cuba relations of Cuban activists, and strengthening their advocacy capacity before European actors.
Building Democratic Citizenship in Cuba
Asociacion Mexicana para las Naciones Unidas de Jovenes
To foster a democratic civic culture among youth in Cuba. Activities include workshops on democratic culture and human rights as well as the practice of civic values such as tolerance and fair play through sports activities with youth.
Educating Cuban Youth Activists on Democracy and Leadership Skills
Instituto Politico para la Libertad Peru
To strengthen the leadership capacity of Cuban pro-democracy youth activists and to promote interaction between citizens in Cuba and individuals from Latin America. The grantee will provide youth activists with training on democratic rights, youth participation, and international standards of freedom of expression.
Empowering Cuban Hip-Hop Artists as Leaders in Society
Fundacion Cartel Urbano
To empower Cuban artists as cultural leaders to promote citizen participation and social change in society. The group will carry out workshops in Cuba and Colombia including professional trainings, cultural exchanges, and artistic events. The organization will also assist the artists in developing their own social projects which they will implement in their local communities.
Fostering a Plural Information Space in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To promote freedom of expression and a plural and independent information space in Cuba, and to strengthen the institutional and professional capacity of the organization. The organization will expand its coverage of Cuban reality, with an emphasis on topics that the Cuban government censors. It will conduct investigative journalism, and diversify its journalistic and media products. It will also seek several channels to make information available to a larger audience on the island and will develop alliances with its counterparts in Latin America to reach a broader audience.
Fostering Democratic Ideas in Latin America
Centro de Estudios Constitucionales Iberoamericanos
To promote greater awareness of the political situation in Cuba among Latin American audiences and to foster greater engagement between Cuban scholars and intellectuals in academic and public forums in Latin America. The organization will convene discussion forums in Latin America on the current situation in Cuba and will encourage the participation of a new generation of Cuban intellectuals and scholars in those events.
Fostering Dialogue and Exchange between Cuban Democrats and Colombian Policymakers to Promote Change in Cuba
Universidad Sergio Arboleda
To foster greater dialogue between Cuban democrats and Colombian political elite regarding Colombia’s experience with democracy and to raise awareness about the political situation in Cuba. The organization will carry out a series of public and private discussions between Cuban democrats and Colombian historians, economists, and business leaders. It will also regularly publish articles and bulletins based on studies it carries out about Cuban politics and society. The group will also convene Colombian policy makers and professionals to reflect on the role Cuba is playing in the region.
Fostering Independent Thinking and Writing in Cuba
Editorial Hypermedia Inc.
To promote freedom of expression and a plural and independent information space in Cuba, and to strengthen the institutional and professional capacity of the media outlet. The organization will expand its coverage of Cuban reality, and will also make information available to a larger audience on the island and in Latin America.
Fostering New Democratic Leadership in Cuba: Phase II
Latin American Center for Nonviolence
To strengthen the leadership and organizational skills of particularly disenfranchised groups in Cuba. Working with its network of two on-island independent labor associations, the grantee will identify and train emerging leaders of nascent interest groups and marginalized sectors of society to organize and advocate for their interests more effectively. The grantee will organize a training session for the selected leaders and offer technical and logistical support to consolidate the associations and civically empower independent leaders.
Freedom of Expression in Cuba and Inclusion in Latin America’s Regional Agenda
Instituto de Comunicacion y Desarrollo
To include Cuban independent civil society representation in a regional network of freedom of expression, and to promote awareness of violations of freedom of expression in Cuba among Latin American civil society organizations and regional bodies.
Freedom of Movement and Migration in Cuba
Fundacion Pro Bono
To assess migratory barriers and obstacles to free movement of Cubans within the island, and in Latin America, and to promote greater regional debate on structural migratory barriers in Latin America and how these affect human rights of Cubans. The organization will conduct an analysis and publish a report on those challenges and will carry out both an awareness and an advocacy campaign to promote the right to domestic freedom of movement and lesser restrictions to members of Cuban independent civil society.
Human Rights Documentation and Awareness Raising
Free Society Project, Incorporated
To raise awareness and document human rights violations in recent Cuban history. The group will document and report human rights cases to expand its database. It will also expand its advocacy efforts by increasing its international visibility and fostering collaborations with its counterparts working on denouncing human rights abuses.
Integrating Cuba into Regional Media Networks
Investigacion e Innovacion Factual A.C.
To support and integrate young Cuban journalists into a regional network of digital media initiatives throughout Latin America and to highlight the stories of Cubans as part of the emerging leaders in Latin America. The organization will select, train, and mentor Cuban journalists on how to conduct investigative reporting, collaborate with regional peers, and publish stories for digital media outlets. The group will also include Cuban panelists at its annual digital media conference and also profile Cuban emerging leaders in its publications.
Legal Aid to Cuban Civil Society
Rule of Law
To assist Cuban citizens and pro-democracy activists on legal matters. Research on legal matters will be produced and independent legal assistance will be provided to pro-democracy activists and the Cuban population at large. An informational bulletin on legal matters will be produced and distributed, and a blog featuring articles covering legal topics will be maintained.
Monitoring and Reporting Human Rights Violations in Cuba
To strengthen the human rights monitoring and documentation skills of Cuban civil society activists. Trainings will be organized on universal human rights values and the international mechanisms available for their protection. Participants will receive coaching on the use of international mechanisms to document and report human rights violations, including the Inter-American and Universal Human Rights Systems.
Monitoring Human Rights in Cuba
Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos
To monitor, document, and raise international awareness about human rights violations in Cuba. The grantee will work with human rights defenders in Cuba to document and report these violations to international bodies. The grantee will use this information to raise global awareness about the state of human rights in Cuba.
Promoting Access to Information in Cuba
Agora Cuba Inc.
To enhance access to information in Cuba. The organization will expand upon an existing online platform, which enables access to uncensored web-based information through email. The platform already provides online education, web publishing, and social news services, among others. The organization plans to add new services to its platform in the coming year, as determined by user needs and technical feasibility.
Promoting Accountability on Human Rights Violations and Social Conflicts in Cuba
Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, Inc.
To fight impunity against human rights violations and to raise awareness about social conflicts in Cuba. The organization will work with partners on the island to document the actions and publicly expose perpetrators of human rights violations. The grantee will report the cases to international human rights organizations and seek protection for the victims. The grantee will also establish a social conflict observatory and support citizens to document cases on social conflicts in their communities and present a report to local authorities in an effort to gain resolution.
Promoting an Independent Youth Movement
To strengthen the leadership, dialogue, and consensus-building skills of pro-democracy youth activists, and to foster greater understanding of youth concerns and perspectives both inside and outside Cuba. The grantee will conduct a series of capacity building workshops and analyze youth concerns throughout the island.
Promoting and Defending Freedom of Expression and Information in Cuba and Central America
Campana Global por la Libertad de Expresion A19 A.C.
To promote greater understanding and documentation of freedom of expression violations in Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras. The organization will train independent journalists on holistic protection mechanisms and aggression documentation. It will meet with local partner organizations to generate a network of journalists who seek to exchange experiences and to increase self-protection. The grantee will also document violations and include them in its “Map of Aggressions Against the Press” to raise awareness about the threats against independent journalists’ lives, freedom and integrity.
Promoting Civic Values Among Pro-Democracy Activists
To assist Cuban citizens and pro-democracy activists with pro-bono legal services and education. The project will offer legal support to activists as they navigate the legal system. It will also provide pro-democracy activists with information on democratic values and international human rights standards.
Promoting Community Reporting in Cuba
Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresion y Prensa
To promote greater, uncensored access to information in communities throughout Cuba and to strengthen the capacity of independent community journalists. The organization will provide its counterparts in Cuba with equipment and technical assistance, and will support the design and publication of community-based news bulletins and their distribution to local residents.
Promoting Democratic Ideas and Citizen Participation
To promote public debate about a democratic transition in Cuba. Organized forums and workshops on democratic transitions with pro-democracy activists will analyze current events on the island and identify areas to advocate for greater political opening. The production and dissemination of audiovisual materials will raise awareness about human rights violations in Cuba and the work of the pro-democracy movement.
Promoting Democratic Ideas and Citizen Participation
To promote public debate about a democratic transition in Cuba. Discussion sessions and workshops on democratic transitions with pro-democracy activists will analyze current events on the island and their implications for a democratic transition. The production and dissemination of audiovisual materials will raise awareness about human rights violations in Cuba.
Promoting Freedom of Expression of Cuba’s Independent Artists
Cuban Soul Foundation, Inc.
To empower independent artists to produce, perform, and exhibit their work in uncensored community events. The organization will collaborate with groups of musicians to set up studio space and organize a series of events to display the work of artists participating in the program.
Promoting Freedom of the Press in Cuba
Freedom of Information
To raise awareness of freedom of the press violations in Cuba and to strengthen Cuban independent journalists’ abilities to respond to and report violations. The project will collect data which will be published in monthly bulletins and reports denouncing attacks against journalists and bloggers. It will disseminate the information on-island and to organizations promoting and defending press freedom in the region.
Promoting Greater Access to Uncensored Information
Asociacion Diario de Cuba
To promote freedom of expression on the island and in the international community. The organization will run an independent media outlet to publish news articles and analysis on social, political, economic and cultural developments on the island. The grantee will work with Cuban independent authors from different sectors of society to produce the contents of its publication and disseminate it on the island.
Promoting Inclusion of Marginalized Populations in Cuban Society
Democratic Ideas and Values
To promote the inclusion of marginalized populations in Cuban society and to strengthen a network of on-island partners. The program will create a space for these sectors of the population to interact, share ideas, and participate in dialogues about problems facing their communities. It will also carry out workshops for leaders on citizen participation, social dialogue, human rights and advocacy efforts.
Promoting Independent Filmmaking in Cuba
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc.
To strengthen the capacity of independent film makers in Cuba to develop materials that raise awareness about untold or censored issues affecting Cuban society. The organization will provide a group of Cuban producers with intensive training to prepare them to produce films on topics of liberty, equality and social justice. The filmmakers of the two best-prepared materials will receive support to develop and distribute their work.
Promoting Local Accountability and Citizen Oversight
Accountability and Governance
To promote accountability of the local government. Activists will work with community members to document challenges, present these challenges to authorities, and seek resolution. The program will also produce a newsletter to raise awareness of local problems and to inform the public about local and international news.
Promoting Religious Freedom and Building Bridges within Civil Society
Christian Solidarity International
To strengthen the capacity of independent journalists, human rights activists, and members of religious communities to document and report freedom of religion or belief violations. The grantee will train members of religious communities and civil society activists to recognize and document these violations, and connect the Cuban participants with Latin American legal and religious freedom networks to exchange ideas and share best practices.
Providing Uncensored Information to Cuban Pro-Democracy Activists
Cuban Democratic Directorate
To promote greater access to uncensored information to Cuban pro-democracy activists and facilitate greater communication among them. The organization will produce radio programs with news and analysis about events taking place in Cuba as well as other Latin American countries and elsewhere around the world, which it will broadcast using its in-house radio station. The group will also support civic activities carried out by civil society activists in Cuba.
Strengthening Access to Information and Enhancing Critical Thinking in Central Cuba
Freedom of Information
To strengthen access to information and enhance critical thinking in Cuba. A digital bulletin and various audiovisual materials will be produced to strengthen access to information and appeal to a wide audience. To complement these activities, various social and cultural events will be organized to bring together citizens and respected artists and intellectuals to foment greater debate on current issues.
Strengthening Cuban Independent Media through Collaboration
Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)
To foster collaboration among Cuban independent journalists and to strengthen their efforts in producing joint publications. The organization will work with several independent journalists and media outlets to promote solidarity among them and strengthen their collaborative efforts. The grantee will organize several activities and meetings to promote engagement among Cuban journalists.
Strengthening Independent Media and Accountability in Cuba
Fundacion Espacio Publico
To strengthen the capacity of Cuban journalists to promote greater government accountability and to promote interactions and links among Cuban and Latin American independent journalists. The organization will carry out a training program that will include conceptual and practical learning on investigative journalism. The Cuban participants will also receive advice and feedback on their work from an editorial board composed of Latin American journalists.
Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society in Democratic Political Processes
Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos
To strengthen the capacity of Cuban civil society activists to promote democratic and pluralistic elections. The grantee will carry out a training program to enhance the knowledge of Cuban activists about free and fair elections. The direct beneficiaries will share their experience and skills with other members of their networks.
Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Civic Initiatives
People in Need Slovakia (PIPA)
To strengthen the capacity of independent civic centers and initiatives in Cuba to promote democratic ideas and values. The organization will work with diverse sectors of Cuban civil society to strengthen their institutional capacity and their ability to carry out activities more effectively. In addition, the organization will carry out two training sessions for its beneficiaries in Europe.
Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Media Professionals in Cuba
Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. (People in Need)
To strengthen the capacity of independent media professionals. Training and technical assistance will be provided to participants to produce uncensored reporting on social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Cuba. Independent organizations on the island will also be strengthened to carry out initiatives aimed at increasing the free flow of information.
Strengthening the Leadership and Community Organizing Skills of Human Rights Defenders
To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders in Cuba. Pro-democracy activists will be trained on leadership and community organizing skills so that they can carry out projects that address the needs of members of their community. In addition, the project will raise awareness throughout the international community about human rights violations in Cuba.
Strengthening the Leadership Skills of Pro-Democracy Activists
To promote democratic values and ideas and strengthen the leadership skills of pro-democracy activists in Cuba. A training program and information campaign on peaceful activism, community organizing, human rights, and democracy will be carried out. Community-based activities will be conducted to engage Cuban citizens as part of the group’s efforts to foster a peaceful democratic opening.
Supporting Human Rights Defenders in Cuba
Center for a Free Cuba
To provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their families, and human rights activists. The organization will work with its partners to distribute humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their family members, and other members of Cuban civil society. To increase access to uncensored information, the organization will also provide human rights defenders with technical equipment to document life in Cuba and convey information to outside organizations and actors.
Supporting Independent Journalism in Cuba
CubaNet News, Inc.
To increase access to uncensored information in Cuba. The organization will work with independent journalists throughout the island to produce media content on social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Cuba. The organization’s press coverage will be published in its online media platform, distribution mailing lists, and social media, to distribute independent and accurate information to Cuban citizens.
Supporting Independent Journalists in Cuba
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad
To strengthen the reporting and investigative skills of Cuban independent journalists and to promote greater interaction between them and their Latin American counterparts. The organization will train journalists on fundamental concepts of journalism. It also will foster interaction between Cuban and Latin American journalists and promote understanding of the media industry in free societies.
Supporting Independent Unions, Self-Employed Workers, and Labor Rights in Cuba
Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba
To promote labor rights and strengthen the capacity of Cuba’s independent labor movement. The organization will provide independent labor activists in Cuba with assistance to forge a more coordinated labor movement on the island. It will also conduct a worldwide information dissemination and awareness campaign on the situation regarding labor rights in Cuba.
Supporting Independent Writers and Artists in Cuba
Vista Larga Foundation Corp
To strengthen the capacity of independent Cuban writers and artists to produce and exhibit their work in uncensored community events. The group will provide mentorship for writers to improve their work and reach a larger audience. The group will also promote greater collaboration between Cuban writers and their Latin American counterparts.
Times of Change and a New Role for Different Sectors in Cuba
Democratic Ideas and Values
To enhance civil society’s understanding and capacity to propose political alternatives. Activities will include research on the role of different state institutions in transitions to democracy as well as discussion of this subject among Cuban civil society representatives, with an emphasis on the experiences of other countries in the region.
Times of Change and a New Role for Different Sectors in Cuba
Democratic Ideas and Values
To enhance civil society’s understanding and capacity to propose political alternatives. Activities will include research on the role of different state institutions in political transformations, as well as discussion on this subject among Cuban civil society representatives, with an emphasis on the experiences of other countries in the Americas.
Working Group on Cuban Deliberative Democracy
Latin American Cultural Union
To promote better understanding and use of deliberative democracy practices in Cuba. Through in person workshops and mentorship, the organization will continue working with representatives of Cuban and U.S.-based organizations to exchange knowledge and experiences on the advantages of deliberative democracy tools for community organizing and consensus building.