The two main components of the SGAFP are:
a) Small Grants
The Small Grants component of the Program has completed. We are, therefore, no longer accepting applications under this component.
b) Ambassador's Fund
The Ambassador’s Fund aims to support self-help initiatives of up to one year with grants not exceeding $ 75,000. Grants under this component support activities in the priority areas of Empowering Vulnerable Populations, Encouraging Social Entrepreneurship, Developing Small-Scale Energy Solutions, Promoting Culture and the Arts and Improving Disaster Preparedness.
No. Only one thematic sector has to be focused in the application.
The applicant may send the complete application form along with required documents on email address: email@example.com or through post at:
Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program, G.P.O. POB 2077, Islamabad, Pakistan
"Cost Share" means the applicant's contribution which it will provide for the proposed project. Although there are no specific parameters defined for cost share but generally it is expected from the applicant organization to demonstrate ownership of the proposed project through significant cost contribution in the total project cost. This contribution can be either in the form of cash or in kind (including use of office premises, equipment, vehicles, utilities, skilled & unskilled labor, material contribution etc.).
A list of ineligible activities that cannot be funded is given in the applicant's guidelines.
Yes. Applicants can engage a consultant if it feels that it lacks the required capacity to write a good technical and financial proposal. However, the applicant organization shall accept full responsibility for the veracity of the contents and submission of unsubstantiated or falsified data, if discovered, may result in disqualification of application. If applicants are discovered intentionally submitting false information about themselves, their experience, or the proposed project beneficiaries, such applicants will be barred from submitting future applications to all USAID-funded programs in Pakistan. Moreover, the cost of drafting application cannot be included in USAID or applicants own cost contribution.
Yes. Application under the Ambassador’s Fund is accepted on specified template only, which is available on SGAFP’s website www.sgafp.org.pk and can be downloaded free of cost .
In both cases i.e. approval or rejection of an application, SGAFP will inform the applicant organization either through email/ phone call/ letter (hard copy).
Once the application has been received by SGAFP, the applicant will be sent an acknowledgement receipt through an email. Further processing of the application may take 6-8 weeks or even more. Applicant can inquire about the status of its application by writing an email regarding the same and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once an application for the Ambassador's Fund is received, the SGAFP staff reviews it to ensure that all the required information has been provided and to verify that the organization is eligible for funding. The SGAFP staff may contact applicant to request additional information, if necessary. The staff may also organize a visit to the office of an applicant to learn more about the organization and its capacity. Once the review process is complete, the SGAFP's Technical Evaluation Committee meets to review and score the application and make a recommendation as to whether it should be awarded the grant or not. This information is then sent to the US Embassy for further review. Staff from USAID and the US Embassy in Islamabad as well as the Consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar (if required) reviews the proposal and the SGAFP's recommendation before taking a final decision. The final decision i.e. approval or rejection is communicated to SGAFP for further sharing with the applicant organization.
The evaluation criteria and weight of each criterion is depicted in the table below:
|Proposed Program Approach||40 points|
|Past performance||20 points|
|Appropriateness of the proposed Team||10 points|
|Organizational Capacity||10 points|
|Effectiveness and Reasonableness of Total Cost||20 points|
|Total Points||100 points|
The minimum score that an applicant organization will need to qualify is 70.
Yes. But overall performance of the applicant in executing previous grant will be a major factor in deciding about the new award.
After the award of a grant, the Grantees will be required to submit the following reports during implementation:
For all these reports, SGAFP will provide reporting templates to the Grantees.
Yes. Any unused funds should be promptly returned to SGAFP upon the completion of a project.
Yes. The project monitoring will be carried out through:
Yes. The SGAFP may conduct a financial audit of the project at any stage, either internally or through a Chartered Accountant Auditing Firm.
No. The SGAFP funds cannot be used for any project/activities that have not been approved.
In such cases, SGAFP will terminate the Grant Agreement and the Grantee will return all the disallowed costs. In addition SGAFP may take other legal action as deemed appropriate.
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