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

December 1, 2020 — 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.

The call for proposals opens on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and will close on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Information on the eligibility criteria, application process and grant selection process, and application document.

For more information and queries on the South Asia Small Grants Program in Sri Lanka please contact us at: [email protected].

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.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote international cooperation.

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Related locations: Sri Lanka
Related topics: Civic Spaces, South Asia Small Grants Program

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