Small Actions Programme

2024 Small Action Fund

The Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives funds small development projects on yearly basis. 

Small action grants aim to support dynamic civil society actors in Sri Lanka and/or in the Maldives committed to advancing social, economic and human rights.

The scope of projects granted shall have one of the following thematic focus:

  1. Good governance (incl. power devolution, elections)
  2. Conflict prevention and reconciliation
  3. Human development (SDGs related - health, water, education, culture for development)
  4. Gender and inclusion

Funding Information

Funding is available for specific activities and projects; proposals that exclusively request funding for staffing or purchasing supplies will not be considered.

  • Funding request shall range between LKR 3 and 7 million.
  • Administrative costs shall not exceed 15% of the total budget.
  • The funded activities shall be implemented within one calendar year, i.e. by latest November 1st 2024.

Eligibility criteria

The project shall 

  • take place in Sri Lanka or in the Maldives;
  • be submitted by an organization with adequate structures and capacities, which is registered in Sri Lanka or in the Maldives;
  • directly benefit at least one vulnerable group – including, but not limited to, minority communities, women, youth, children, war victims, LGBTQI or people with disabilities – and address their (re)integration, empowerment or the fulfilment of their human rights.

Exclusion criteria

The small actions grants are not used to finance

  • Organisations that are affiliated to political parties, religious institutions or the military;
  • Individuals or individual beneficiaries;
  • Running costs of a public institution, governmental body or other organization;
  • Purely commercial activities;
  • Scholarships, study tours abroad, stipends or tuition fees;
  • Planning and evaluation activities.

Application process

Send your application using the forms below to colombo@eda.admin.ch by March 1st, 2024

Small Actions Application Form Template (PDF, 4 Pages, 182.5 kB, English)

Small Actions Application Budget Template (PDF, 2 Pages, 132.5 kB, English)