USAID's Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP)
USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (www.sgafp.org.pk) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) initiative with the key objective of “providing an accessible framework of support for community-based and non-governmental organizations across Pakistan”. The SGAFP aims at empowering grassroots organizations and community groups working to strengthen the fabric of civil society in Pakistan.
National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) is the prime contractor of USAID for this five year, countrywide project while the Rural Support Programs Network (RSPN) and KPMG TaseerHadi & Co Chartered Accountants are the sub-partners of NRSP. SGAFP rolled out in Sep. 2010 and shall continue its operations till August 2015. It has two major components: the Small Grants Program and Ambassador’s Fund Program.
Small Grants Program will focus on primarily, but not exclusively, the multiyear projects that will support innovative & unique project ideas submitted by Pakistani NGOs, civil society groups & communities. The grant limit is USD 250,000 which can be increased in exceptional cases by USAID.
Ambassador’s Fund Program will support local self-help initiatives of less than one year, for which the communities and civil society groups should be willing to contribute approximately 25% of the total project cost. The normal upper limit is $ 100,000, which can be increased in exceptional circumstance up to $ 250,000 by USAID.
In line with the USAID’s development objectives for Pakistan, the SGAFP provides funding to community based organizations and NGOs in the following priority sectors under both the components:
ii. Economic Growth
vi. Flood Response
vii. Social Assistance
Key Achievements as of June 2011