U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program Overview
The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund supports small scale, high impact projects to improve communities throughout Pakistan. This five-year program provides resources for initiatives designed by Pakistan’s grassroots organizations and community groups. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by the National Rural Support Program (NRSP).
The size of each grant can be up to $100,000 to support activities for up to one year in duration. Communities and civil society groups should ensure significant local contribution in cash, labor or material.
To be eligible for a grant under the Ambassador’s Fund, the proposed project shall:
- Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community level
- Foster community self-reliance
- Be quickly implemented and require no further funding
- Be limited to organizations that demonstrate adequate management capabilities to plan, organize and execute activities, utilizing local resources
- Be completed in one year or less
- Have significant community participation and contribution
- Have a significant impact, benefitting the greatest number of people possible
Grants under the U.S. Ambassador's Fund will only support activities in the following priority areas:
- Wildlife Conservation: Activities that lead to both tangible and intangible benefits for the communities; enhanced wildlife conservation and biodiversity by providing venues for education, research, and by providing habitat for threatened species in Pakistan.
- Women Issues: The projects in rule of law or women's economic empowerment that will help improve the status of disadvantaged women.
- Cultural Preservation: Small buildings and renovation projects that preserve cultural and historical sites (declared heritage sites by the Government of Pakistan).
- Entrepreneurship:The projects that promote the development of entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
- Water Sanitation & Hygiene: Community-based projects that combine water system improvements with public education aimed at improving hygiene practices.
Applications are especially encouraged from underrepresented geographic areas (i.e. where USAID in not currently implementing large programs), especially Balochistan, the Northern Areas, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK.
Any application that is not compliant with this criteria will not be accepted.