Alliance for Social Dialogue

:: Grant Making Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the procedures for submitting a concept note?

Concept Notes submission will be open year round. Any organization registered and working outside Kathmandu can apply. There will also be call for concept notes on national newspapers twice a year. If ASD finds the concept notes interesting, ASD will contact the organizations and will ask for full length proposals.

2. What are the procedures for submitting a project proposal?

If an organisation is planning to address problems and issues related to education, human rights and media, such plans need to be submitted to the Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) in the form of a concept notes. If ASD finds the concept notes interesting, ASD will contact the organization and ask for full length proposals. The proposal should be a maximum of seven pages. Selected proposals will be sent to the Open Society Foundations (OSF), New York, which will provide the grant.

3. Who can submit project proposals? What are the eligibility criteria for submitting a proposal? 

Project proposals can be submitted by NGOs, community organisations, academies, universities and civil associations and organisations interested in working for human rights, independent media and education to build an open and free society. However, political parties cannot submit proposals. Projects that directly support the activities of political parties will not receive a grant.

4. Does the proposal need to be prepared in a specific format? Where can we find the proposal guidelines?

Yes, the proposal need to be prepared in a specific format and should provide clear and specific information about the project. For proposal guideline, click here

5. Which language should be used in the proposal? 

Proposals can be written in English or any other language used in Nepal. If a proposal written in a language other than English is selected in the initial phase, ASD will translate it into English and send it to OSF.

6. Can’t  project proposal be sent  to OSF in collaboration with ASD?

ASD does not collaborate with any one organisation in Nepal to run a separate project.

7. Can several organisations collaborate and submit a proposal?

Organisations can submit a proposal in collaboration. Such proposals must clearly explain the role of each organisation in the project. They must also state how the project operation will be managed.

8. Which districts or regions are targeted while calling for proposals? Can we propose to work in any part of Nepal? Or are there specific geographic areas where the projects can be run?

Proposals can be submitted from all regions and all districts of Nepal except those within the Kathmandu Valley.

9. Can we propose to work in more than one district?

Applicants can propose to work in the districts of their choice based on the nature of their projects. Proposals can be made for working in more than one district but this is contingent upon the proposed number of districts, the issues to be addressed and the  project’s target population. The question of geographic coverage also depends on the capacity, human resources and experience of the applicant organisation.

10. Is there a budget limit for projects? If so, how much is it?

There is no fixed amount allocated for any project. The applicant organisation has to prepare a budget based on the nature of the project work, the areas to be covered and so on. Applicants are requested to come up with small and medium size projects (amounting to a maximum of 30,000 US dollars).

11. What is the suggested length of the project period?

Initially, projects can be proposed for a one-year period. If a project requires a longer period of time, this can be mentioned in the proposal. If the OSF approves the proposal, it will offer the grant directly to the applicant organisation. Initally, there will be a one-year agreement between the applicant organisation and the OSF. The agreement will have to be renewed to extend the project period.

12. Can new organisations submit proposals?

Both new and old organisations interested in working in constructive fields can submit their proposals. ASD gives preference to innovative proposals over traditional ones.

13. Can organisations that are not formally registered submit proposals? If so, what are the required procedures?

Organisations that are not formally registered can submit proposals but their proposals must clearly explain how they will manage their financial transactions, operate their bank accounts and monitor and evaluate their project activities if the grant is approved.

14. Which topics and issues in education, human rights and media should be addressed in the proposal? Are there issues prioritised by ASD and OSF?

Proposals can address the following issues related to these three sectors:


  1. Increase access to education
  2. Increase quality of education
  3. Manage educational institutions


Human Rights

  1. Transitional justice
  2. Social justice and inclusion
  3. Human rights education
  4. Public accountability



  1. Freedom of expression
  2. Professionalism of Media persons
  3. Code of Conduct
  4. Content of Media