Updated Dec 10, 2020CLOSED

The Asia Foundation Announces New Call for Proposals for the South Asia Small Grants Program

Offered by The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation announces a call for proposals for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP). The SASGP will provide small grants to eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) in five South Asian countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Designed as a flexible mechanism to respond to existing contexts and emerging opportunities, the grant will support CSOs to work on critical governance challenges around four core themes:

  • - Increasing public sector accountability and transparency
  • - Strengthening the rule of law
  • - Promoting civil society participation and media in these efforts
  • - Strengthening democratic institutions and practices
Driven by the broader goal of creating a free and open South Asian region, SASGP will strive to increase CSO-led policy reforms, constructive engagements, and social accountability in core areas of governance; enlarge the space for civil society to engage with and influence key democratic institutions in the region; and increase the capacity of CSOs to effectively pursue longer-term reform in the governance sector. This involves helping to build the capacity of civil society actors to respond to governance and capacity challenges and providing expertise, mentoring, and concrete tools to sub-grantees to apply in promoting good governance and developing their organizations.
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CLOSEDJan 15, 2021Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryBangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka
Focus AreasDemocracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Rule of Law and Human Rights (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Citizen Participation (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
• Grants will be limited to national not-for-profit organizations. ‘Not-for-profit’ organizations include national civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), consortia, networks, federations and membership bodies, think tanks, universities etc., but exclude government bodies, for-profit entities, and individuals.

Application Directions

The application materials for Sri Lanka consist of a Guidance for Applicants, a Grant Application Form, a Project Concept Note Template and Project Budget Template in English, Sinhala and Tamil. Applicants should complete and submit the application documents by 5.00 pm local time on or before January 15, 2021 to sasgp.sl@asiafoundation.org.


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