SASGP Call for Proposals

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

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; and
  • Strengthening democratic institutions and practices.

Driven by the broader goal of creating a free and open South Asian region, the SASGP will strive to increase CSO-led policy reforms, constructive engagements, and social accountability in core areas of governance; open up and 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.

2) Eligibility

Eligible are Bhutan organisations. Grants will be limited to national not-for-profit organizations. ‘Not-for- profit’ organizations include national civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, consortia, networks, federations and membership bodies, think tanks, universities etc., but exclude government bodies, for-profit entities, and individuals.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Bhutan.

4) Budget

Applicants can apply for grants with a floor level funding of USD 25,000 and a ceiling of USD 75,000 in equivalent local currency.

5) Application

The deadline for applications for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP) in Bhutan is Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 5 pm local time.