The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Pakistan introduced its seven-year Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program on August 31 2010 under the U.S. Enhanced Partnership Agreement with Pakistan. The $50 million national program provides grants to NGOs, grassroots/community-based organizations, and private sector organizations from all over Pakistan including AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan, and FATA to support their self-help initiatives and strengthen the fabric of civil society in Pakistan. This program is implemented by National Rural Support Programme (NRSP).
Established in November 1991, NRSP is the largest Rural Support Programme in Pakistan in terms of scale of coverage, proven success of its social mobilization philosophy and approach and demonstrated experiences of working with and fostering a countrywide network of grass roots community organizations and linking them with public and private service delivery organizations. NRSP works in all four provinces of Pakistan as well as in Azad Jummu & Kashmir and is operational in 61 Districts. Its activities are managed through 9 regional offices, 164 field units and more than 625 village branches and has organized about 3 million poor households into a network of around 200,000 Community Organizations. With sustained incremental growth, it is emerging as Pakistan's leading engine for poverty reduction and rural development.
The Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program has two components through which small grants are being provided. The first component; Small Grants, allows USAID to manage the flow of unsolicited proposals into the Mission and to respond to unsolicited proposals which do not necessarily fit into existing sectoral programs but which are unique and innovative in their own special way and would contribute to the Mission's overall objectives. The second component, the Ambassador's Fund, intends to enhance the Chief of Mission's outreach to the private sector and community groups to achieve shared objectives.
Since its establishment in 2010, the USAID Small Grants and Ambassador's Fund Program has provided US $36 million through 297 projects, improving the quality of life for about two million people in Pakistan.
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