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.


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 travels to Havana regularly. In 2010 and again in 2011, 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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