Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Bishkek expects to publish the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the 2022 Democracy Commission Small Grants Program in January 2022.

The 2021 Democracy Commission Small Grants Program is no longer accepting proposals.  The information on this website is available for reference only.

Call for Grant Proposals

U.S. Embassy Bishkek announces the 2021 Democracy Commission Small Grants Program. Complete applications must be received by May 31, 2021.  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. The maximum grant award is $50,000 with the average grant at $30,000 or less. The Democracy Commission will award grants on a competitive basis, pending on the availability of funds.

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic is soliciting project proposals that focus on one of the priority areas specified below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit joint proposals with another NGO in the region or a Bishkek-based organization to build partnerships and strengthen civil society capacity in rural areas.  Applicants should pay close attention to the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program’s goals and objectives, priority program areas, target audiences, and geographic locations when developing their proposals.

Priority themes:

  1. Advancing Business Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship
  2. Promoting Democratic Institutions
  3. Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)
  4. Trafficking-in-Persons (Anti-Trafficking)
  5. Prevention of Gender-Based Violence

For more detailed information on program’s requirements, target audiences, goals and objectives, please see Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) attached.

Applications must be submitted in English, but applicants may choose to supplement their proposals with Russian or Kyrgyz versions, and final grant agreements will be concluded in English.

A complete application consists of:

  1. SF424 and SF424a
  2. Applicant Organizational Information Sheet
  3. Application form
  4. Budget proposal
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation Data Sheet
  6. One-page CV for project’s key personnel (Note: Please do not include personal information such as dates of birth or home addresses).
  7. NGO’s copy of registration at the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic

Applications submitted after the due date, that are incomplete, do not follow the application format or are not submitted on the template provided, will be disqualified.

Please send complete application packages to with the subject line “Democracy Commission Proposal”.

Note:  any files over 10MB will be automatically rejected by the email system.

For more information please contact the Democracy Commission Team at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek by email at (Do not send your applications to this email address).