Norwegian Helsinki Committee small grants program for Central Asia

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals from civil society initiatives to promote and protect human rights and democratic values in Central Asia and to strengthen and develop civil society throughout the region. Non-governmental organizations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan may apply for project support for activities in line with the above-stated goals.

Project budgets may vary from a minimum of 500 USD to a maximum of 9999 USD. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is committed to strengthening and developing civil society, and particularly encourages newly established organizations and grassroots initiatives to apply.

Larger, well-established organizations with stable sources of funding will normally not be eligible for support under the Norwegian Helsinki Committee small grants program.

Key objectives of the NHC small grants programme include:

  • Support local non-governmental organizations to play an active role in promoting human rights and democratic values in Central Asia
  • Strengthen and develop civil society, in particular by providing financial project-based support to emerging and recently established civil society initiatives
  • Fight discrimination and persecution of vulnerable and at-risk groups and individuals
  • Increase access to justice for victims of human rights violations
  • Document human rights violations and fight impunity
  • Defend fundamental freedoms and rights

This year, initiatives to support and provide relief to Afghan refugees in the region are encouraged to apply.


Interested organizations should apply by 15 November 2021.
Please use the project application template linked here.
All applications should be sent to [email protected].


The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was established in 1977 and works to promote respect for human rights and democratic principles in the entire OSCE region. We have been engaged in Central Asia for many years, with a particular focus on core human rights under pressure. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee Small Grants Fund for Central ASIA is an annual program, which was established in 2006.