The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP) assists innovative development initiatives falling under USAID’s priority sectors for Pakistan aimed at improving people’s lives. The program has two distinct components: Small Grants and US Ambassador’s Fund.

The Small Grants (SG) provides grants of up to US $300,000 under the theme of Let Girls Learn (Education) and US $250,000 under the theme of Civic Participation for projects lasting for up to one year to Pakistani organizations that submit unique and innovative ideas to promote USAID’s development endeavors. The Small Grants is accepting applications for ideas and initiatives to be implemented in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The award of grants is subject to the availability of funds.

The Ambassador's Fund (AF) aims to support community developed self-help projects lasting up to one year with grants normally not exceeding US $75,000 under the themes of empowering vulnerable populations, encouraging social entrepreneurship, developing small-scale energy solutions, promoting culture and the arts and improving disaster preparedness.

  • Let Girls Learn

    Let Girls Learn is a new initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve. (Click here for more details)

  • Documentary film: Sun's Soul

    USAID, through its Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program funded a project for the installation of solar powered pumps at 7 sites of district Nushki, province Baluchistan from where clean drinking water can be fetched. (Click to play the video)

  • Documentary: Drivers of Change

    Drivers of Change, the Ambassador’s Fund Program funded project, has selected 100 women belonging to low socio-economic background from Islamabad & Rawalpindi and then made them undergo a 35-day long Drivers’ Training Program. Now, these women are certified drivers and are earning their livelihoods respectfully. (Click to play the video)

  • Small Grants Recommencement Workshop

    SGAFP offers grants to non- governmental and private sector organizations from across Pakistan, so as to support development initiatives designed to upgrade the quality of life of Pakistani people, in particular rural communities. Since its inception in 2010 the program has,...Read More

  • Documentary film " The Art of Revival "

    Thardeep Rural Development Program (TRDP) under Small Grants Program helped revive the dying traditional arts and crafts of Tharparkar – embroidery and block printing - by training 1200 female artisans in Tehsils Mithi & Diplo, establishing links between them and potential buyers and showcasing their work through a catalogue, exhibitions; and by connecting them with organizations that deal in selling hand-made and high quality arts and crafts work. (click to play the video)

  • Documentary film " The Taste of Baltistan "

    The Apricot Development & Marketing Project (ADAM) initiated by Baltistan Culture and Development Foundation (BCDF) and funded under Small Grants Program has helped in giving a boast to District Skardu’s apricot industry by improving livelihood status of 2000 women farmers in the region through provision of capacity building trainings; setting up De-hydration Units and Nut Cracker Machines; building a Central Processing Solar De-hydration Plant; organizing exhibitions and establishing market linkages of women farmers with buyers and exporters of dried apricots. (click to play the video)

  • Documentary film "Where the Shoe Pinches"

    Small Grants project is contributing significantly in improving the literacy ratio and reducing child labor especially among the children working in Kasur tannery industry by providing primary level education to 500 children of ages 5-14 years working in tanneries, through formation of 12 Non-Formal Education (NFE) Centers, and then mainstreaming them either into public schools or guiding them towards formal vocational training. (click to play the video)

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  • Technology Transfer and Skill Development in Gems Sector

    USAID Small Grants funded venture, Technology Transfer and Skill Development in Gems Sector has been successfully completed on January 31, 2015. Under this venture, two Gemstone Cutting and Polishing Centers (GCPCs) have been established in Hunza. Also, 40 Master Trainers stand trained in gem cutting and polishing through an International Expert who further trained 206 locals of which majority are women. Implemented by Rupani Foundation, the venture has significantly contributed in developing the gem sector of Hunza Nagar, Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

  • Peafowl Protection through Integrated Measures

    U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program has funded a project to counter the deadly viral disease 'New Castle' locally called 'Rani Khet' among the peafowl population of District Tharparkar. Under the project, 5 rehabilitation centers have been established at Mithi, Islamkot, Diplo, Nagarparkar and Chachro Taluka's for treating the affected peafowls by a veterinary doctor. Over 30,000 healthy birds at each village are orally vaccinated via drinking water to protect them from 'Rani Khet'. This project was implemented by District Development Association Tharparkar (DDAT).

  • “This training by USAID has raised my knowledge and awareness regarding quality, designs, color matching/mixing, and market trends. Now I am able to produce better products according to latest market trends” says a 45 year old Mooli Bai resident of Village Mithrio Bhatti. Small Grants Program is helping in reviving dying traditional arts and crafts of Tharparkar by enhancing embroidery skills of 1,000 artisans, and block printing skills of 200 artisans through 204 training events.

  • Nearly 5,000 farmers from 04 UC’s of Tehsil Allai, District Battagram, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have benefited from the bio-fertilizer distribution and use, during one cropping season. A grant worth $99,906 under U.S Ambassador’s Fund Program has improved agricultural productivity by promoting the use of bio fertilizer through the up-gradation of bio-fertilizer processing unit. However, in the long run, it would benefit 20,000 farmers.

  • “Almost 70% of our fruit crops especially apricot and mulberry used to get wasted as we were unaware of the latest fruit drying techniques. After the construction of solar plants we are able to dry apricots and mulberries and other fruits in a hygienic way, reduce wastages and also getting higher return on our crops,” says Shaeena Bibi. To improve socio economic conditions of the poor and marginalized population U.S Ambassador’s Fund Program supported construction of 7 solar fruit dehydration plants in 07 villages of Union Council Khot, District Chitral benefitted 210 women headed households.

  • "I am very happy in my school, my teachers and friends help me and I have been told that soon we will be shifting in a newly constructed building where we will have bigger and colorful classrooms" said student of class prep who has been suffering from meningitis for the last two years which has left him paralyzed. USAID's Small Grants Program is helping Mehnaz Fatima Education and Welfare Organization(MFEWO) in expansion of an inclusive Education Center in Gilgit.

  • With U.S. Ambassador Fund's assistance, up gradation of the facilities at mother and child health center tarnawa, haripur has increased the patient turnover (deliveries & OPD) and the center is now managing 30-35 deliveries per month. The upgraded center is charging 60-70% less for the normal deliveries and 15% less for the laboratory tests, than the private hospitals.

"USAID/Pakistan has, in cooperation with the USAID Office of Inspector General, established the Anti-Fraud Hotline to provide an avenue for the reporting of fraud, waste, and abuse which may be associated with USAID funded projects in Pakistan. Complaints are handled with complete confidentiality and individuals are encouraged to report when corruption, fraud, waste or abuse may exist in the USAID/Pakistan projects. Reports can be filed anonymously via the easy-to-use Hotline (toll free number 0800 84700); e-mail at; fax at 021-35390410; postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan; and on the website "