South Asia Small Grants Program

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.

This page serves as a platform to disseminate information regarding the Call for Proposals and to share insights and data related to program activities in the future. Information on the eligibility criteria, application process, and grant selection process as well as the application documents can be found below.

 

Accelerate My Business Impact: Somi Bhagat Guragain’s Story

April 3, 2024

Program Snapshot Post

Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are vital to Nepal’s economy, comprising 90% of businesses and 45% of jobs, employing 2.7 million people. However, despite their significance, women-led enterprises often lack essential skills and financial support. To address this disparity, The Asia Foundation’s Accelerate My Business Program (AM… Read more

 

South Asia Grants Program Utilizes Artificial Intelligence for Effective Fact-Checking

March 13, 2024

Program Snapshot Post

The South Asia Grants Program (SAGP) supports civil society organizations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to enhance good governance, combat disinformation, promote gender equality, and encourage environmental governance.    LIRNEasia is a SAGP partner based in Sri Lanka that works to counter disinformation. With the… Read more

A group of six representatives from the Foundation and regional SAGP CSO partners from the WAVE Foundation in Bangladesh gather next to the U.S. Embassy in Colombo Chargé d'Affaires, Douglas Sonnek. They are posing for a photo with a step and repeat behind them that includes several different initiatives. 

SAGP Annual Review Meeting: Insights, Impact, Challenges, and Opportunities

February 22, 2024

Program Snapshot Post

From January 23-24, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the South Asia Grants Program (SAGP) held its Annual Review Meeting, bringing together its regional program teams, regional CSO partners, embassy officials, and representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. SAGP supports Civil Society Organizations in Banglad… Read more

A group of approximately 35 participants seated in a circle listening to both a male and female speaker. 

SAGP Concluding Event: Achievements, Collaboration, and Planning for Future Impact

January 16, 2024

Program Snapshot Post

In Nepal, the South Asia Governance Program (SAGP) concluded with a two-day learning event. The event brought together implementing partners to analyze the accomplishments and impacts of their collaborative efforts under the initiative. SAGP initiatives span various areas, including public sector accountability, transparency, rule of law, civil soc… Read more

 

Local Governance Fellowships Empower Change in Nepal

December 6, 2023

Blog Post

Fellowships for young women interns in local government offices are building democratic participation among marginalized communities in Nepal.

 

SASGP Call for Proposals Flyer

August 26, 2021

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South Asia Small Grants Program: Second Call for Proposals from Bhutan CSOs

February 8, 2021

News Post

The South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP), administered by The Asia Foundation, has opened a call for proposals for Bhutanese organizations. The regional program provides small grants for eligible civil society organizations in five South Asian countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. This second round of call for proposals… Read more

 

SASGP Application Materials Bhutan – English

February 7, 2021

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The deadline for applications for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP) is March 23, 2021. All applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm local time on the closing date. The application materials for Bhutan consist of a Guidance for Applicants, a Grant Application Form, a Project Concept Note Template and Project Budget Template in English. Ap… Read more

 

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

December 1, 2020

News Post

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 opport… Read more

 

SASGP Application Materials Sri Lanka

November 30, 2020

Publication

The deadline for applications for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP) opens on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and will close on Friday, January 15, 2021. All applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm local time on the closing date. The application materials for Sri Lanka consist of a Guidance for Applicants, a Grant Application Form, a Project C… Read more

 

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

Colombo, March 15, 2020

News Post

The deadline for applications for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP) has been extended from April 15, 2020 to April 29, 2020. All applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm local time on the new closing date. The Asia Foundation announces a call for proposals for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP). The SASGP will provide small gran… Read more

 

SASGP Application Materials Bangladesh

March 15, 2020

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The deadline for applications for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP) has been extended from April 15, 2020 to April 29, 2020. All applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm local time on the new closing date. The application materials for Bangladesh consist of a Guidance for Applicants, a Grant Application Form, a Project Concept Note Templ… Read more

 

SASGP Application Materials Maldives – English

March 15, 2020

Publication

The deadline for applications for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP) has been extended from April 15, 2020 to April 29, 2020. All applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm local time on the new closing date. The application materials for Maldives consist of a Guidance for Applicants, a Grant Application Form, a Project Concept Note Templat… Read more

 

SASGP Application Materials Nepal

March 15, 2020

Publication

The deadline for applications for the South Asia Small Grants Program (SASGP) has been extended from April 15, 2020 to April 29, 2020. All applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm local time on the new closing date. The application materials for Nepal consist of a Guidance for Applicants, a Grant Application Form, a Project Concept Note Template a… Read more