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, the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy Islamabad cannot accept unsolicited proposals. PAS only considers proposals received in response to the funding opportunities posted on Grants.gov.
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 D&B DUNS, NCAGE, and SAM websites. This includes spaces, parentheses, capitalization, small letters, punctuation, etc. Please apply for the D&B DUNS Number and NCAGE Code at the same time to reduce waiting time.
- Get a DUNS number: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
- NCAGE registration: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx
- Register with SAM: https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/#1
Once registration is complete, please keep visiting www.grants.gov and type ‘Pakistan’ in the search field to find open grant opportunities. Before you can create your Grants.gov organization applicant username and password, your SAM registration must be complete and active.
USAID's Small Grants Program
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Small Grants Program, launched in September 2010 with the funding assistance of the United States Government, supports NGOs/CBOs and private organizations from all over Pakistan to implement evidence based self-help initiatives and innovative approaches. To date 48 projects throughout Pakistan have been funded under the Small Grants Program worth USD 11.5 million in grants.
Applications are received on rolling basis for individual grants varying from $50,000 to $250,000 to be implemented in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab for an implementation period of one to two years.
Interested Organizations are encouraged to submit their applications in one of the following areas:
- Improved Early Grade Reading Outcomes
- Increased Equitable Access to Basic Education
- Civic Participation
- Capacity Building of Civil Society to Support Government Institutions for Essential Services
- Citizen Participation and Oversight
- Strengthen Worker Unions and Corporate Accountability
- Cross Cutting Themes
Additional details about proposed thematic areas can be found at SGAFP’s website: www.sgafp.org.pk.
The applicant organization should have demonstrated ability to manage and implement donor funded projects with adequately functional management systems. The guidance about application requirements and the application format are also available on SGAFP’s website. Applications on the prescribed format with all supporting documents can be submitted either through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copies can be sent to SGAFP’s National Project Office, 10 – Street 30, F 7/1, Islamabad. Applicants shall have to bear the cost involved in developing and submitting grant proposals.
Ambassador's Fund Program
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’s 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 these criteria will not be accepted.