Nine organizations share $8.6 million in Cuba grants

Nine companies won more than $8.6 million in Cuba grants from Sept. 1 to Sept. 27, federal records show. Below are the companies, amounts and the titles or descriptions of the Cuba programs.

  • National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – $2,970,297.00. Supporting Democracy Rights, Political Pluralism and Independent Civil Society.
  • Creative Associates International (CAI) – $2,000,000.00. Cuba program contract extension.
  • International Relief and Development (IRD) – $693,069.00. Civic participation in Cuba.
  • International Republican Institute (IRI) – $693,069.00. Cuba: Strengthening Social Inclusion through Survey Research
  • Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) – $693,069.00. Dicho en Cuba: Greater Freedom of Expression on the Island.
  • Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) – $594,058.00. Empowering Civil Society Engagement by Supporting Freedom of Expression.
  • Freedom House (FH) – $422,796.00. Enhancing Human Rights Documentation in Cuba (EHRD).
  • Development Research Center (DRC) – $376,237.00. Information Technology Training and Material Development.
  • Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach (ECHO) – $213,582. Cuba program.

Total: $8,656,177

Most of these companies have done democracy-promotion work in Cuba before. I haven’t seen any documents showing that the Institute for War & Peace Reporting has done Cuba work before.

I don’t have a complete list of all contracts awarded in 2011. I’ll add companies as I get more information. Feel free to send me the names of companies I am missing.

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Tracey Eaton was the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Cuba from 2000 to early 2005. Before that, he headed the paper’s Mexico City bureau. Eaton, a former Fulbright scholar, has been a journalist and photographer since 1983. He has conducted journalism workshops in Guatemala, Bolivia and Nicaragua, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba. Eaton has been a staff writer at seven daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald. He was metropolitan editor at the Houston Chronicle before moving to Florida. He created a Cuba blog called Along the Malecón in 2008 and travels to Havana regularly. In 2010, Eaton received a Pulitzer Center grant to support his reporting in Cuba. He has been investigating U.S.-financed pro-democracy programs in Cuba.

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