Dear Leaders of Civil Society Organizations and CSO Networks,
USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) provides opportunities and incentives for Kyrgyzstani CSOs, CSO networks and think tanks through its competitive grants aimed to promote citizen participation in local government decision-making, national policy change, anti-corruption initiatives, and promotion of human rights and equal access to quality services at the local, oblast and national level. Act Now Grants are available on an ongoing basis based on emerging needs and applicant responses, CGP will award Act Now Grants for a period up to six months to support strategic and creative advocacy initiatives organized by CSO, CSO networks, and citizen initiative groups in response to unexpected and important political, economic, and social changes and/or needs. These grants could address a new law or government program, cases of human rights violations by public or private sector institutions, or other important and timely issues.

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • CSOs registered and operating in Kyrgyzstan are eligible to apply. International CSOs are not eligible.
  • Prior local and/or national experience in advocacy and demonstrated success is required.
  • A match contribution of 10% of total project budget is required (in-kind or non-cash match is also acceptable).
  • Projects should be for a period of up to 6 months.
  • Only one application may be submitted by the same CSO within a six-month period.
  • All funds must be spent in Kyrgyzstan – funds may not be used outside of Kyrgyzstan.
  • CSOs must have a transparent system of bookkeeping that complies with Kyrgyzstan’s legislation. If such a system is not in place, CSO must work closely with the CGP office to ensure that accurate expense reports are prepared and a transparent bookkeeping system is put in place.
  • CSO must be financially solvent and not have debts that would endanger successful implementation of the proposed urgent action.
  • CSO must operate as an independent non-politically affiliated entity.
  • Civil servants, political appointees, members of the current Parliament, staff of public broadcasting companies, and/or leaders of political parties cannot participate in a grant project as a director or as a grant-remunerated participant.

Application Submission Procedures:

To receive an application form, please send a request to e-mail address:
EWMI CGP will accept proposals in English, Kyrgyz, or Russian. Applications can be e-mailed (in MS Word format) to, (Subject: ACT NOW Application) or mailed, or hand delivered to:
ACT NOW Application
EWMI Collaborative Governance Program
# 4 Koenkozova Street, Bishkek

Faxed applications will not be accepted.