SGAFP has resumed construction related activities. The submission of cost estimates/BOQs & designs/drawings of construction components are NOT mandatory with application and the short listed applicants only shall be advised to submit these documents at an appropriate stage. However, applicants which can furnish this information conveniently at the application stage are encouraged to provide these documents with application as it would not only outline the scope of construction, it would also help to determine as to what extent the budget proposed for construction activities is realistic. SGAFP guidelines on construction are available on the website for further guidance as how to prepare the requisite information in this regard.
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 $75,000 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 applicant organization/ proposed project should:
- Demonstrate adequate ability to manage and implement donor funded projects with adequately functional management systems.
- The application for funding assistance must fall under the USAID priority areas
- Be completed in one year or less
- Have significant community participation and contribution in cash, labor or material
- Focus on inclusive development (women, men, girls, boys, disabled & minorities)
- Have Gender sensitive approach
- Have a significant impact, benefitting the greatest number of people possible
- Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community level
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:Projects that intend to preserve key elements of Pakistan's rich customs and heritage. Desirable projects include preservation of languages & dialects, cuisine, aesthetics (art, music, dances, fashion), architecture (including renovation of buildings declared as heritage sites by Government of Pakistan), and recreational activities (festivals, holidays and sports).
- 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 under represented geographic areas (i.e. where USAID is not currently implementing large programs), especially Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK.
While preparing applications, the applicants should ensure that the timeline for proposed projects should begin approximately 4 months after submission of an application (to allow for grants processing time) with a completion date no later than April 30, 2017.
Any application that is not compliant with this criteria will not be accepted.