Civil Society Grant Facility

Posted On: April 30th, 2018

Support to Civil Society in Bhutan, funded by the European Union and managed by HELVETAS Bhutan, provides technical and financial support to CBOs (Community Based Organizations – groups and cooperatives registered under the Cooperatives Act, and organized but non registered groups and associations) and CSOs (Organizations registered with the CSO Authority).

The first call for proposal was open to all CSOs and CBOs.

 The second call for proposal focuses on:

  1. Proposals from CBOs
  2. Joint proposals from CSO-CBO

In this regard, HELVETAS Bhutan invites proposals from CBOs and Joint CSO-CBO proposals on:

  • Cluster 1: Civic awareness and actions: (a) participating in and influencing the priorities, planning and decision making of local and central government policies, strategies and plans; (b) role and contribution of civil society to local and national development; (c) social accountability processes and mechanisms; (d) community monitoring of local government plans and budget
  • Cluster 2: Women’s political and social empowerment; women’s leadership and participation; strengthening women’s role and recognition in society
  • Cluster 3: Socio-economic empowerment initiatives, especially for women and youth groups in: (a) sustainable social enterprises; (b) employment generating activities of self-help groups
  • Cluster 4: Vulnerability reduction initiatives; support to initiatives that directly benefit vulnerable groups

The maximum grant size is EURO € 20,000.00 for CBOs and EURO € 50,000.00 for joint CSO-CBO proposals. Preference will be given to proposals that are innovative and support activities in the 10 poorest Dzongkhags and 10 poorest Gewogs in the country. Proposal template and application guidelines and forms are available at Duly completed project proposals (hard OR soft copies) should be submitted to the Project Manager, EU-SCS, HELVETAS Country Office, Bhutan or via e-mail at

The last date for the submission of proposals is 31st May 2018, after which proposals shall not be considered. For further information, contact Project Manager, EU-SCS, HELVETAS Country Office, Bhutan, Thimphu at 02-322870/327103 or through email at

Fund Opportunity Documents