Grant Opportunities

Public Affairs Section Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Mission to Pakistan Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State sponsors funding opportunities annually through its Public Diplomacy grants program. The award of grants or cooperative agreements is subject to the availability of funding.  PAS typically posts funding opportunities between February and June each year.

We encourage you to navigate to the link below for the current list of PAS funding opportunities, and to check back often for updates.  Please review the full Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the program objectives, application information, and eligibility requirements.  Please Note: In the interest of fairness and transparency, PAS cannot accept unsolicited proposals. PAS only considers proposals received in response to the funding opportunities posted on

Current Opportunities: Thank you for your interest in partnering with the U.S. Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section.  There are currently no open funding opportunities.  Typically, we post our funding opportunities around December to March on  Please visit this page again soon for additional opportunities.  

Please note: The registrant or entity is required to register in each of the following websites by creating a username and password. The Legal Business Name and Address must be precise and MATCH EXACTLY when entering into the NCAGE, and SAM websites. This includes spaces, parentheses, capitalization, small letters, punctuation, etc.

For more information about completing the foreign registration process for SAM and, click here.
For more information about grants for prospective grantees, click here.

Once registration is complete, please keep visiting and type ‘Pakistan’ in the search field to find open grant opportunities. Before you can create your organization applicant username and password, your SAM registration must be complete and active.

On April 4, 2022, the federal government stopped using the DUNS Number to uniquely identify entities. Now, entities doing business with the federal government use the Unique Entity ID created in They no longer have to go to a third-party website to obtain their identifier. This transition allows the government to streamline the entity identification and validation process, making it easier and less burdensome for entities to do business with the federal government.

For more information, please go to this article (KB0046482) on the Transition from DUNS to Unique Entity ID.

With few exceptions, USAID/Pakistan awards are based on competition. Each competition includes a statement describing the services or assistance program that we are interested in, an explanation of our competition and evaluation procedures, and the evaluation factors upon which our award decision will be based.

How do I find out about competitions for grants and cooperative agreements?

Competitions for grants and cooperative agreements are posted on To search that website for funding opportunities with the U.S. Government, go to that website and click on “Find Grants Opportunities” and select “Browse by Agency.” Select U.S. Agency for International Development from the list and check whether there are any listings for Pakistan.

How do I find out about competitions for contracts?

There are two possible answers depending on the size of the procurement and other factors: Most large contract competitions will be posted on the following U.S. Government website:

To search that website for contract opportunities with the U.S. Government, go to that website and sign on as a “vendor”. To find a particular department or agency, enter the appropriate acronym in the Search box. For example, to find listings with the U.S. Agency for International Development, enter “AID” in the Search box. You will then find two rows, one for “Overseas Missions” and one for “Washington DC”. To check whether there are any listings for Pakistan, go to Overseas Missions, select “Locations” and then look for “Pakistan”.

Some contract competitions will be limited to business concerns or organizations operating in Pakistan (i.e. “local procurements”). Notice of these competitions may be advertised in English language newspapers in Pakistan in addition to, or instead of, being advertised on the fedbizopps website.

FY 2022 Request for Concept Notes Benefiting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

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