Islamabad, 13 Sept: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the next round of the Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program with a ceremony announcing the first eleven grant recipients, the press release issued here said.
During the current five-year cycle, running from 2017-2022, this program will award approximately 200 grants in support of high impact efforts by Pakistani organizations working to improve the economic and social conditions of the people of Pakistan
Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy, John Hoover, told those gathered for the event that, “This program helps people address local problems by implementing indigenous solutions that will have immediate and long-lasting impact.”
The Ambassador’s Fund Program supports initiatives focused on priority areas identified by the United States Ambassador to Pakistan. During the current program grant cycle, USAID will support initiatives focused on promoting culture & the arts, improving disaster preparedness, developing small-scale energy solutions, encouraging social entrepreneurship, and empowering vulnerable populations.
The private sector organizations, non-governmental organizations, and non-government academic research and training institutions − including those led by women and those working in the regions of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan – are eligible to apply for this grant. The program is managed by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability.
The press release also said that during the previous grant cycle, the program awarded 238 grants benefitting more than 1 million Pakistanis.