Various Grants Opportunities by Asia Foundation for Indian Organizations

Organisation: Asia Foundation

Apply By:  No Deadline

Read the Complete Program List of Asia Foundation Grants: Indian Organizations Working for the Projects on Women Empowerment, Environment and Governance & Law can apply Anytime!

Deadline: Throughout the year

The Asia Foundation accepts pre-proposal grants from non government organizations (NGOs) throughout India/Asia all round the year.

The Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia that supports projects falling within different programme areas specifically in Asia. It undertakes grant making with organizations as a collaborative process of problem identification and strategic planning within the areas of interest. 

Programme Areas

  1. Governance and Law
  2. Conflict Resolution
  3. Economic Development
  4. Women’s Empowerment
  5. Environment
  6. Regional Cooperation
  7. Exchanges

Past Funded Projects (India)

  • Enhancing Police Capacity to Address Violence against Women and Children in India– $24,053
  • Budget Transparency and Accountability in Local Governance in Madhya Pradesh, India– $18,397
  • Combating Human Trafficking across the India (Bihar)-Nepal Border- $28,773
  • Effective Implementation of the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act in Uttar Pradesh, India– $30,218
  • Intra-Regional Ganga Initiative, India– $19,785
  • Grass Roots Action for System Reform—Policy Advocacy for Improving Monitoring Mechanisms of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Karnataka, India–  $15,957

Governance and Law

The Asia Foundation’s Governance and Law programs support Asian initiatives to build more effective and responsive governance, accessible justice mechanisms, a vibrant civil society, and an informed and engaged citizenry. The Programme works in three areas – 

  1. Governance
  2. Law & justice
  3. Elections & political processes.

Past Projects

  • The STAEP program in Pakistan to facilitates citizen-state engagement and nationwide civil society monitoring of local government performance.
  • Trained trusted community leaders, including women, in the tools of grassroots activism in Bangladesh so that they can increase access to basic social services and better address poverty, illness, human rights violations, and extremist violence within their communities.

Economic Development

Through this programme, the Foundation seeks to support Asian initiatives to foster inclusive economic growth and broaden economic opportunities.

It designs and implements Economic program’s in three core areas of focus – 

  1. Business Environments for Private Sector Growth
  2. Entrepreneurship Development
  3. Regional Economic Cooperation.

Past Projects

  • In India, the foundation recently supported a trade consignment mapping and analysis project identifying the structural and institutional barriers to overland trade between India-Pakistan, India-Nepal, and Nepal-Bangladesh.
  • Through partnering with local organizations in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, the Foundation documented the cost of noneconomic cooperation on consumers, and created participatory platforms for their resolution, thus paving the way for savings amounting to 16% of the total value of intra-regional trade in South Asia.
  • In Myanmar, the Foundation published a report, on sub national governments and business focusing on the business environment encountered by Myanmar’s SMEs. The report Identified key business-government interactions and related obstacles such as licensing and taxation complexities, and provided recommendations for institutional reform.

Women’s Empowerment

The Foundation has been helping women to realize their potential. The Program develops women’s leadership, strengthens women’s organizations, increases women’s rights and ensures their personal security, and creates new political and economic opportunities for women across the Asia-Pacific region. 

The initiative works on three key areas:

  1. Expanding women’s economic opportunities: through Education, Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training
  2. Increasing women’s and girls’ personal rights and security: from Gender-Based Violence and Human Trafficking
  3. Promoting women’s full participation in political and public life: Through Political Participation and Legal rights

Past Projects

  • Training over 4,500 men and women across Indonesia on the link between gender inequality, budget processes and advocacy that reallocated more than $1.5 million toward programs meeting the critical needs of women, support services for victims of domestic abuse and building schools.
  • Education Program in Afghanistan to increase girls’ opportunities to attend school and to advance their educations at an accelerated pace. Also renovated some of the largest girls’ schools in Kabul, Afghanistan.


The Foundation’s Environment programs address and prioritize critical issue like-

  1. Natural Resource Management and Use
  2. Trans-boundary Water Resources Management
  3. Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
  4. Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction

It employs a distinct, integrated approach informed by deep local knowledge and extensive on-the-ground partnerships in order to

  • Improve understanding of the unique environmental challenges in each country where we work;
  • Develop innovative, collaborative approaches to environmental issues alongside our Asian partners;
  • Develop greater consensus and cooperation among government, elected officials, business, civil society, religious leaders, and local communities around environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction issues;
  • Promote cross-border collaboration and sharing of best practices in environmental management among different Asian countries

Past Projects

  • The Foundation is contributing to the analysis of cross-border water issues and fostering increased cooperation for the management of shared waters among the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin on the borders of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
  • Empowering at-risk communities in 14 Pacific Island nations on disaster management and early warning and alert systems that have been vulnerable to natural hazards such as tsunamis, drought, flooding, and tropical storms.

Regional Cooperation

The Regional Cooperation Program works to strengthen relations among Asian nations and their peoples in the effort to foster peace, stability, prosperity, and effective governance. Through this initiative, the Foundation focuses on:

  1. Fostering regional cooperation on critical issues in Southeast, Northeast and South Asia.
  2. Foreign policy capacity-building in select countries in developing Asia.
  3. Providing opportunities for emerging leaders in the region.
  4. Facilitating policy dialogues on Asian affairs and U.S.-Asian relations in Washington.

Past Projects

  • Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC): Supporting a meeting and public event on “Emerging Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation” in New Delhi, India–  $953
  • Creating a Comprehensive Indian Development Cooperation Database: Supporting the development of a comprehensive database and publicly accessible webpage on Indian development assistance over the past two decades.- $26,686
  • Strengthening Citizens’ Access to Information in South Asia—Diagnostic Analysis: Developing a regional diagnostic framework and methodology to conduct studies on the Right to Information (RTI) in four countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka– $11,577


This Program seeks to encourage greater understanding between Asians and Americans with the ultimate aim of contributing towards strengthened U.S.-Asia relations. Over more than five decades, foundation grants have provided thousands of participants with opportunities to exchange views and gain direct experience with regions other than their own.

Past Projects

  • Funding for three Indian young diplomats to attend the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute Summer Course at The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, followed by a Foundation-organized observation program on U.S. domestic concerns and their influence on U.S. foreign policy and implications for U.S.-India relations.
  • A two-week summer course focused on U.S. foreign policy for three mid-career diplomats from India’s Ministry of External Affairs to visit the U.S. and complete their course work with meetings in Washington, DC with policy experts and a two-week study tour built around national security, the economy, and immigration.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant can be Indian or Asian based organization/NGOs.
  • The Foundation directs its grant support to activities that are within its current interests.
  • The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or U.S-based organizations.
  • Periodic written reports from the grantee to the Foundation are required through the life of the project, typically on a semi-annual basis.

How to Apply?

A brief letter of inquiry to determine the Foundation’s present interests and funds permit consideration of the request are to be submitted by the applicant via post. The letter of inquiry should include:

  • A very brief introduction about the grant-seeking organization
  • A brief project description
  • Budget estimate

After receiving the letter, Foundation staff may reply informing the grant seeker as to whether or not the project fits within the foundation’s interests. If it does, Foundation staff may ask the grant seeker to submit a formal proposal and/or raise questions for clarification of purposed project. Please note that there is no separate Grant Application Form.

For more information, visit The Asia Foundation.