Call for Proposals: The Asia Foundation’s South Asia Small Grants Program

Eligible CSOs from five South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, are invited to apply for grants between $25,000-$75,000 to work on critical governance challenges aimed at creating a free and open South Asian region. Application deadline has extended until April 29, 2020.

DHAKA, March 25, 2020:  U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Asia Foundation’s South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP).  The SASGP will provide small grants to eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bangladesh and four other South Asian countries.

The open grant window 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; and 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 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.  The call for proposals opened on March 15, 2020 and will close on April 29, 2020. 

Interested Bangladeshi CSOs should complete and submit the application documents outlined below by 5:00 pm local time on or before April 29, 2020 to  The Asia Foundation announcements about SASGP can be found at: and .

Application materials, including guidance for applicants, grant application form, project concept note template, and project budget template – in English and Bengali – can be found at: .

The Asia Foundation is a longstanding partner to both government and civil society in South Asia, supporting initiatives to build more effective and responsive governance that expands justice, accelerates social and economic development, and promotes peace and security.