The Ambassador’s Fund has resumed accepting applications as of June 2, 2014 for programs implemented throughout Pakistan. The award of grants is subject to the availability of funds.
Unfortunately, at present, the United States Government cannot accept any applications that propose construction or construction-related activities. If an applicant already submitted an application with construction-related activities, then that applicant has two options. First, it may resubmit the application after extracting the construction activities. Second, if it cannot feasibly extract those activities, then it has the option to resubmit the application if the United States Government starts accepting such applications in the future. The United States Government deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause. For your reference, the United States Government defines "construction" as follows: construction, alteration, or repair (including dredging and excavation) of buildings, structures, or other real property and includes, without limitation, improvements, renovation, alteration and refurbishment. The term includes, without limitation, roads, power plants, buildings, bridges, water treatment facilities, and vertical structures.
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's 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 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.