Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

Information and application guidelines for the 2021 Democracy Commission Small Grants Program will be available by spring 2021.  In the meanwhile, the 2020 information remains available for reference.

Call for Grant Proposals

U.S. Embassy Bishkek announces the 2020 Spring Round of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program. Complete applications must be received by May 10, 2020.  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.

We are also accepting applications within the Democracy Commission Small Grants program on responding to the impacts of  COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline is April 20, 2020. More information on types of projects is available in Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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 should pay close attention to the Public Affairs Section’s goals, 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 and Countering Violent Extremism
  4. Countering Gender-Based Violence

For more detailed information please see Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) attached.

A complete application consists of:

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”.

Please note, the application form is updated and available with complete instructions at the Embassy’s Democracy Commission page and on the web-site For more information please contact the Democracy Commission Team at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek by email at