Democracy Commission

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy administers the Small Grants Program of the U.S. Embassy Democracy Commission, which gives small grants to non-governmental organizations, academic or research institutions and other organizations. The Democracy Commission at the Embassy of the United States of America was established in 1994 to enable the Embassy to support non-commercial projects to advance democracy and democratic values in Kyrgyzstan, to support development of the civil society based on rule of law and respect for human rights. The Democracy Commission will award grants on a competitive basis, depending on the availability of funds.

Call for Grant Proposals

The U.S. Embassy announces the 2018 Spring Round of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program. Complete applications must be received by May 31, 2018.  This program supports the development of Kyrgyzstan’s democratic institutions and civil society by competitively awarding small grants to Kyrgyz nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and associations, nonprofit civil society organizations (CSOs), and independent local media organizations. State bodies are encouraged to work with NGOs to submit applications. Maximum grant award is $50,000 with the average grant at $25,000 or less.

Possible projects themes are:

  • promotion of a robust civil society that advances the civil rights of all population segments
  • free flow of information, development of independent and professional journalism
  • strengthening social partnership and dialogue among government and civil society organizations
  • government transparency, citizen understanding of public finance and decision making
  • promoting rule of law and legal reform
  • interfaith and interethnic dialogue; religious freedom (religious activities which advance or inhibit one religion over another, or one interpretation of a religion over another will not be considered).
  • countering violent extremism through promoting peace and tolerance, creating alternative socio-economic opportunities for groups at risk, and working with media and social media to promote peaceful discourse
  • combatting human trafficking
  • economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, particularly for women, youth and vulnerable population to advance economic independence and sustainable development. (commercial activity or specific businesses/startups will not be considered)
  • promoting environmental awareness by creating citizen understanding of sustainable manage of ecosystems and natural resources

Complete application consists of:

  • Application form in English and Russian/Kyrgyz (you must use the new updated application form)
  • Budget proposal (English and Russian/Kyrgyz)
  • Copy of NGO registration

Applications submitted after the due date, that are incomplete, do not follow the application format or are not in the new application form, will be disqualified. Please send complete application package to BishkekProjectProposals@state.gov with the subject line “Democracy Commission Proposal”.

Please note, the application form is updated and available with complete instructions at the U.S. Embassy’s Democracy Commission page https://kg.usembassy.gov/education-culture/democracy-commission/. For more information please contact the Democracy Commission Team at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek by email at BishkekProjectProposals@state.gov.