Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U. S. Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic is soliciting project proposals from civil society and independent media organizations in the Kyrgyz Republic that focus on one of the priority areas specified below.

This program will be funded under the Foreign Assistance

Act authorization.

All programming is subject to the statutory limitations of the funding determined.

Priority themes:
1. Advancing Business Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship:

Problem Statement:
To support efforts in achieving economic prosperity for the Kyrgyz Republic, the Public Affairs Section seeks to fund organizations that strengthen entrepreneurship and small business development, including the development of necessary skills.


Entrepreneurs and small businesses owners have the knowledge and tools they need to make their businesses successful.


Target beneficiaries:
potential entrepreneurs and small business owners, marginalized and underrepresented groups and vulnerable populations.

2. Promoting Democratic Institutions:

Problem Statement:
To achieve a more democratic, well-governed and stable Kyrgyz Republic through public engagement, advocacy for democratic freedoms and mutual accountability between citizens and government b.

Strengthening of democratic institutions in Kyrgyz Republic, including increasing the participation and representation of citizens from all different backgrounds in civic life.


Target beneficiaries:
NGOs, research organizations, watchdog groups, and existing civic society groups.

3. Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) a.

Problem Statement:
To support efforts of civil society in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization by promoting peacebuilding, mitigating conflict, and countering extremist narratives.


Engage civil society in building effective partnerships to increase community resilience against radicalization and violent extremism.


Target beneficiaries:
vulnerable youth and women, potential migrants, religious leaders, local influencers, activists and community leaders.

Countering Gender-Based Violence (GBV):

Problem Statement:
To strengthen civil society organizations to advocate effectively for greater respect of and attention to human rights of vulnerable groups.


Strengthen civil society efforts in preventing and responding to gender based violence.


Target Beneficiaries:
marginalized and at-risk minorities, vulnerable groups, victims of gender based violence.

Related Programs


Department of State

Agency: Department of State

Office: U.S. Mission to Kyrgyzstan

Estimated Funding: $48,000

Who's Eligible

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
This program supports the development of democratic institutions and civil society by competitively awarding small grants to nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and associations, to nonprofit civil society organizations (CSOs), and to independent local media organizations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

State bodies are encouraged to partner with NGOs to submit applications.

American or other donor country organizations or individuals are not eligible for grants under this program.

Current Democracy Commission grant recipients may not apply for funding; open grants must be closed before new applications can be considered.

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Agency Email Description:
General e-mail for Bishkek Project Proposals

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