Community Building Initiatives Program


The Embassy of the United States of America in Azerbaijan is pleased to announce a call for proposals to support community building initiatives to increase inclusive growth and local community capacity development. This program seeks to promote the values that contribute to the growth of civic organizations and innovative individual initiatives to build Azerbaijan’s prosperity and well-being through competitive small project awards.

The amount of awards may not exceed $24,000 and are open to Azerbaijani non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and associations, community-based organizations (CBOs), and individual citizens.

Applications must be submitted by March 16, 2018.


What Type of Projects are Funded?

The competition is open to all well-developed, innovative community-building initiatives aiming to create an open, tolerant, and inclusive society, develop pluralistic communities, and foster economic prosperity.  The Community-building Initiatives Program has chosen to address the following topics within this call for proposals:

  • Promoting tolerant and pluralistic worldviews, and countering violent messaging in communities;
  • Empowering entrepreneurs, especially women and young people’s economic opportunities and potential;
  • Advancing women’s equality and advocating for the rights of women and girls;
  • Advocating for disadvantaged population groups by creating opportunities for their development as well as voicing their problems;
  • Capacity-building and development of young people to help them grow into the next generation of leaders.

How to Apply?

Please submit completed application and all supporting documentation to





Upon submission of an application you will receive a confirmation.  Please click links above to download the application form and application guidelines.  Please note that all applicants are encouraged to use the suggested program application form to submit their projects in ENGLISH.  Applications that do not meet minimum standards set forth in application guidelines will not be considered.

Target Groups:

  • Refugees and IDPs;
  • Women and girls;
  • Persons with disabilities;
  • Young people.

Applicants should be able to prove that they have:

  • Tax identification number and access to a bank account;
  • Sufficient administrative, financial, and technical capacity to implement a project;
  • Demonstrate a good track record of working with donors in the past.

Projects NOT funded by the Community-building Initiatives Programs include:

— Fund-raising campaigns;
— Humanitarian assistance and charity projects;
— Scientific research projects;
— Projects with budgets that exceed $24,000 and take more than a year to implement;
— Projects that duplicate existing projects being implemented by an organization;
— Projects submitted by for-profit, commercial organizations;
— Projects that aim to support partisan political activity.

U.S. Embassy Baku’s Review Committee consists of representatives from different U.S. government agencies and experts to review submitted proposals.  The Committee will regularly review qualified applications.  Once the application process is over, it might take up to three months for the Committee to complete its review process.  Some of the applicants may be invited for an interview during this review process.  Please understand that there will be many more proposals than projects can be awarded.  Unfortunately, many qualified proposals will not be able to be awarded.

The Community-building Initiatives Program will use the following general criteria to evaluate all submitted proposals:

  • The project proposal demonstrates that the organization or the individual has sufficient expertise, skills, and human resources to implement the project;
  • The organization or individual demonstrates that has a clear understanding of the underlying issue that the project is aiming to address and is able to articulate it without using excessive generalizations;
  • The organization or individual has identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups in a way that maximizes project outputs and outcomes and the project has a clear focus and manageable scope;
  • The project idea and approach is innovative, yet proposed project activities are concrete, detailed, and supported by a reasonable work plan;
  • The project’s budget is well organized, detailed, and reasonable.  There are no budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”  Entertainment and alcoholic beverage expenses are not included in the budget.  The budget demonstrates that the organization or individual has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project instead of providing rough estimates;
  • The organization or individual has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase using concrete quantitative and qualitative assessment tools;
  • The project proposal describes clearly the approach that will be used to ensure maximum sustainability of the project’s results after its completion.