Call for proposals: Protecting the Rights of Religious Minorities in South/Southeast Asia, Local & National Pilot projects on Preventing or challenging rights violations/discrimination

Note: we are no longer accepting applications for this call.


Minority Rights Group is seeking proposals for local projects that work toward supporting the rights of religious minorities and/or promoting and protecting the right to freedom of religion and belief in the following countries: Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam.  Proposals must seek to prevent or challenge freedom of religion and belief rights violations or discrimination against religious minorities. 

Projects must pilot innovative approaches at the local and national level. Potential areas of approach can include:

  • Advocacy: lobbying authorities, conducting research to inform reporting, producing evidence/reports for advocacy.
  • Capacity building: trainings and workshops to develop the ability of communities to organise and protect their human rights as religious minorities.
  • Government accountability:  community-local authority problem solving workshops and dialogues, monitoring service delivery to all, legal aid initiatives.
  • Conflict management:   monitoring conflict and community tension, actions relating to identified drivers of conflict, dialogue with local authorities, research into conflict drivers and ways to reduce impact.
  • Peace-building:  intercommunity projects; arts, education or sports projects; intercommunity dialogues, problem-solving initiatives.
  • Law: trainings including paralegal and rights training, legal support initiatives.


Criteria for Applicants:

  • Be a non-governmental or community-based organisation working on related issues.
  • Have an established track record of similar work in one or more of the project countries.
  • Have an organisational bank account.
  • Be committed to peaceful resolution of conflict and must not be engaged in or support in any way violent or separatist activities
  • Be committed to involving all ethnic and/or religious communities in your broader activities.


Term of Reference

Projects can be a maximum of 5,000 Euros.

Projects must be implemented between March and August 2020. The project duration is maximum 6 months.


Project Selection Criteria 

  1. Innovative projects that pilot new approaches to promoting and protection religious minority rights.
  2. Clear project objectives with concrete outcomes & outputs.
  3. Clearly justified budget that represents value for money.
  4. Clearly identified target beneficiaries and plan to reach those beneficiaries and advocacy targets effectively.
  5. Projects that address gender issues, pay attention to multiple forms of discrimination, and include vulnerable groups in project implementation and/or organisational structure.
  6. Projects that encourage effective collaboration with other CSOs.


Anticipated Timeline:

  • 25 November 2019: Call for Applications released
  • 6 January 2020:  Application deadline
  • 1 February 2020: Successful applicants notified
  • 1 March 2020: Start of Activities
  • 31 August 2020: Completion of Activities
  • 15 September 2020: Final narrative and financial reports due.


Submission Process:

Please send the completed application documents (application form and budget)  to  by 6 January 2020. In your email subject line please write “application: the name of your organization and the country you are based in (i.e application – Organization’s name – Country).

Click here to download the application form

Click here to download budget template



Minority Rights Group (MRG) is an international non-governmental organisation working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities worldwide and to promote co-operation between communities. The grants are financed by “Protecting the Rights of Religious Minorities”, a four-year project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). For more info on the project visit:

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