Freedom House seeks partner NGOs to help raise public awareness of human rights in the south of  Kyrgyzstan

Core partner 

Freedom House is interested in partnering with national NGOs from the south of the country that are interested in assisting with implementing the USAID Strengthening Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan program (SHRK).

We expect to select up to two successful organizations to receive Core Partnership grants in the amount of up to fifty thousand dollars for a period of 6 months starting in March 2016. All activities will be focused on the South of Kyrgyzstan, but may have national reach.


Freedom House and its Core Partner(s) will together design public awareness and advocacy campaigns targeted in the southern regions of Kyrgyzstan to increase the public’s knowledge of human rights issues. Our implementation strategy will require strong cooperation with the government of the Kyrgyz Republic (GoKR) and civil society actors. The following outcomes are expected from the public awareness initiatives:

  • People are more aware of human rights laws of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • People are more aware of government led initiatives on human rights
  • Interested youth become more actively involved on human rights activities
  • GoKR Ministries are able to communicate their strategies on human rights to the general public
  • Vulnerable groups are able to better advocate for their rights

Core Partners will be encouraged to join the USAID Collaborative Governance Program to receive a CSO assessment and capacity strengthening activities.

Organizations with a proven capacity to engage government and civil society actors that focus of human rights are especially encouraged to apply.


Only non-governmental and non-commercial organizations, including associations and foundations registered in Kyrgyzstan, are eligible to apply. Individuals and government or quasi-government offices, agencies, etc. and individuals who work for them are not eligible.


A successful core partner must meet the following requirements:

  • Five years working experience with a successful track record of project implementation
  • Based in the south of Kyrgyzstan
  • Demonstrated experience working on human rights and/or public awareness activities
  • Demonstrated experience with developing partnerships with government bodies
  • Managed a previous grant award of at least $20,000
  • Established Procurement Procedures
  • Full-time staff


Application process: 

The application consists of:

  • Completed application showing proposed activities, strategy, and motivational statement
  • 2 references from previous partners/donors
  • CV of the organization with the clearly indication of the past main performances


Freedom House staff will evaluate applications and work with the top candidates to develop a project design and grant documentation. Application review and selection should take approximately 30 business days.


Documents Submission and Due Date:

  • Submit application to by the closing date
  • Documents will be accepted until January 30, 2016, 18:00 (Bishkek)
  • Documents must be submitted in English, Kyrgyz, or Russian in Word and Excel applications.

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