The United States Government has allowed resumption of construction related activities under SGAFP’s grants. 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.
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.