The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP) assists innovative development initiatives aimed at improving people’s lives.

The Small Grants Program (SGP) provides grants of up to US $250,000 for projects lasting for up to two years to Pakistani organizations that submit unique and innovative ideas to promote USAID’s development endeavors in its priority sectors. The Small Grants Fund has resumed accepting applications as of November 18, 2014 for programs implemented in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. The award of grants is subject to the availability of funds.

The Ambassador's Fund Program (AFP) aims to support community developed self-help projects lasting up to one year with grants normally not exceeding US $75,000. This component intends to facilitate the U.S. Ambassador in Pakistan to respond to urgent community needs or opportunities that may arise in Pakistan.

SGAFP has resumed construction related activities. All interested applicants are requested to carefully review SGAFP guidelines available on the website to ensure that their applications comply with the requirements of the United States Government. Noncompliant applications will not be entertained. The guidelines include various technical formats which are an integral component of applications pertaining to construction activities.

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  • 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)

  • Launch of Documentary “Deosai-The Last Sanctuary”

    Walkabout Films’ documentary, funded under U.S Ambassador's Fund Program – Deosai The Last Sanctuary, with special focus on endangered Himalayan Brown Bear and other range animals, insects, birds, and plants in the park has been released. The film captures the wildlife and natural habitat of the Park and brings to light solutions for endangered species and habitats. (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)

  • Public Policy Research & Centre opens at FCC

    Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Beth Jones inaugurated the Public Policy Research and Resource Center (CPPG) at the Forman Christian College (FCC) Lahore on March 01, 2014. For event details please visit our media room.

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  • 500 women farmers in Muzaffargarh have outclassed their male counterparts in agricultural fields and almost doubled the yield of wheat per acre through agricultural innovation and farm management skills. Small Grants Program awarded a grant of $262,813 from Oct 2012 to July 2014 for Inculcating better farm management practices (tunnel farming, compost farming, seed preservation, water management and farm management) and developing effective marketing skills.

  • “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 was completely illiterate before participating in this program; I can now read electricity bills, read expiry date of medicines and can also check homework of my children. Thank you USAID for boosting my confidence,” says Syed Bibi from Union Council Paccay Wala, District Jhang. The U.S Ambassador’s Fund Program has enabled 3,550 illiterate women to read newspaper, utility bills, write letters and supervise the homework of their children studying at initial stage of schooling through establishment of 150 Adult Literacy Centers in 05 Union Councils of District Jhang, Punjab.

  • "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 "