The real foreign policy of America is citizen to citizen, friend to friend, people to people, foreign bonds of brotherhood that no tyranny can diminish. - Edward M. Kennedy (February 1972, Dhaka)


Grant Application Period Now Closed

The mission of the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts is to engage, inspire, connect, and empower citizens of all ages to better themselves, their communities, and our world.
Created in 2012 through a partnership between the Liberation War Museum and the American Center of the U.S. Embassy Dhaka, the EMK Center is a non-partisan platform committed to open dialogue, informed action, individual and  artistic expression, and  personal and  professional development.  We  define public service as service on behalf of the people – by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

To provide deserving candidates with an opportunity to realize their dreams of making a positive contribution to society, the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts (EMK Center) awards the Edward M. Kennedy Small Grants for Public Service and the Arts – of between one hundred thousand (1 lakh) and eight hundred thousand (8 lakh) Bangladeshi Taka – to individuals or groups who are active in volunteerism, women’s empowerment, education, community development, youth engagement, academic research and entrepreneurship related projects and arts in Bangladesh.


The grant application period is now closed. The EMK Center only awards grants once a year.  Grant applications will be available available again next year.

The EMK Center reviews these grants through both internal and external advisors. We wish success to all those who have applied.


-The EMK Center Team.