The goal of the PSF is to build an environment more conducive to dialogue, tolerance, and create safer communities by supporting local catalytic initiatives that enhance social cohesion in Myanmar.
A cohesive society is one which "works toward the well-being of all, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers everyone the opportunity to prosper and advance peacefully."
The PSF will fund activities and projects with different methodologies, but they all must contribute to enhancing social cohesion or intercommunal harmony in Myanmar. These projects may focus on strengthening trust, confidence and communications between communities, or different groups within communities. They may identify and respond to emerging areas of need. Or, they may build capacity to improve and transform relationships to enhance social cohesion.
Our Focus: What We Fund
The PSF provides funding to small-scale, tailored initiatives that contribute to social cohesion in Myanmar and have a need for financial and technical support.
Funded projects range in size, duration, modality and focus. Preference is given to small-scale, grassroots initiatives with a strong theory of change, or a strategic, data-driven plan that is based on feasible outcomes. We invite proposals from local, national and international organisations, but especially encourage local initiatives and organisations.
The PSF can fund projects, events, activities, training, and analysis that fall under our Criteria.
We also provide Funding +: Need-based, organisational support for partners, in addition to grants for activities and trainings.
If you are unsure whether to apply, please contact us.
Our History: From "Peace Support Fund" to "Paung Sie Facility"
Established in March 2014, we were originally called the Peace Support Fund. Our funding was provided to support two pillars: the peace process and intercommunal harmony. But in early 2015, PSF’s focus shifted to projects that contribute to intercommunal harmony and social cohesion. To mark this change, we changed our name to the Paung Sie Facility.
If you are seeking funding that relates to the core elements of the Myanmar peace process, go to the Joint Peace Fund.
Who Provides the Funding?
The PSF receives funding from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Government of Sweden.
Total funding made available through the PSF is currently USD 6 million per year with disbursements made via select calls or on a rolling basis. As a multi-donor fund, the PSF has been designed and structured to accommodate additional donors if there is interest or requirement.
The PSF works closely with other donors in Myanmar to ensure strong coordination between the activities and initiatives that we fund, and those already in place. We also co-finance projects with a range of donors and partners.
The PSF has a full-time management team in Yangon that routinely visits our partners in the 14 states and regions. We are here to assist with enquiries, the application process, and effective project implementation. You can find our details on the contact page. Please get in touch.
NIS Foundation (NIS) provides administrative support. NIS is a Norwegian-registered, non-profit foundation engaged in stabilisation and reconciliation initiatives in conflict and post-conflict areas. NIS’s primary areas of intervention are institutional development, public service delivery, and conflict resolution.