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Afghan Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Grants Program

Afghan Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Grants Program

Afghan Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Grants Program

The Afghan Women's Empowerment Grant Program is accepting new grant proposals on a rolling basis.                                                     

What is the Afghan Women’s Empowerment Grant Program?

The Afghan Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Grant Program is a U.S. Government initiative, launched in 2009 by the U.S. Embassy’s Political Section. The AWE program provides quick-impact grants to civil society organizations to undertake projects advancing women’s participation in the political sphere.

What kind of grant proposals can AWE support?

AWE supports grant proposals that fulfill one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Encouraging women’s participation in Afghanistan’s political realm
  2. Increasing women’s advocacy for legislative change
  3. Raising women’s awareness of their constitutional rights within Afghanistan’s complex legal traditions
  4. Developing women’s leadership, networking, and advocacy skills

Who can apply for an AWE grant?

AWE grants are intended for civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and universities, to undertake projects advancing women’s participation in political life. Organizations applying for an AWE grant should be Afghan-led. In addition, AWE will only accept applications from non-partisan organizations that are not working on behalf of a specific political party or lobbying for a particular political agenda.

What are the selection criteria for AWE applications?

Each application will be evaluated by a selection committee of U.S. Embassy Kabul employees. The selection criteria are as follows:

  • The project supports one or more of the AWE priorities outlined above
  • The award amount is $5,000-$50,000
  • The project has a clear plan with a tangible outcome.
  • The organization has demonstrated that they have the technical capacity, organizational capability, and leadership to carry out the project.
  • The costs are reasonable, allowable, and allocable and the proposal is cost effective.
  • The project is scheduled to be completed in one year or less.

How can I apply for an AWE grant?

Applicants may submit their proposals to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan by emailing a completed application form to Applications in English, Dari, and Pashto are accepted, though English is strongly preferred. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Grant Application Forms:

Grant Application Guidebooks:

Contact Information:


Phone: +93 (0) 700-10-8238 (English) or +93 (0) 700-10-8954 (Dari)