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Grants Opportunities

1. The FY13 PAS Annual Program Statement RFP

The U.S. Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants program.  Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration before the closing date of this annual program statement on August 1, 2013. Awards will be made on a rolling basis, pending the availability of funds. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Please review the full RFP and additional documents for complete information on the grants program.

The FY13 PAS Annual Program Statement RFP (PDF 180 KB)

  1. The additional documents listed below may be found in MS Word and Excel format here.  
    1. Appendix 1 – Submission Checklist (optional for applicants)
    2. Attachment 1 – Application Coversheet (required for applicants)
    3. Attachment 2 – Organization Information (required for applicants)
    4. Attachment 3 – Budget Template (required for applicants)
    5. Embassy Islamabad Suggested Application Format (optional)

Please Note: The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy Islamabad is not currently accepting unsolicited proposals. PAS considers proposals received in response to the funding opportunities posted on this website and

2. USAID's Small Grants Program (link:

USAID’s Small Grants Program will fund time-limited awards under $250,000 to support innovative one- to three-year proposals from Pakistani organizations, namely NGOs, civil society groups and communities. The program is designed to fund innovative activities that promote USAID’s development objectives that may not necessarily fit into existing U.S. government programs. A competitive proposal must meet the following criteria:

  • Be innovative and unique;
  • Be independently developed by the applicant;
  • Be consistent with and supportive of USAID/Pakistan’s strategy and objectives;
  • Be able to meet a specific programmatic need;
  • Not be an advance proposal for forthcoming USAID solicitation that will be competitively awarded.

Grants under USAID’s Small Grants Program will support activities in the following sectors:

  • Energy
  • Education
  • Health – Mother & Child Healthcare
  • Economic Growth (including agriculture)
  • Stabilization in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA
  • Governance
  • Gender

3. USAID Gender Equity Grant Program (

The Gender Equity Program aims at closing the gender gap in Pakistan by proactively supporting the development of women. The program seeks to facilitate behavioral change in society by enabling women to access information, resources and institutions, and improve societal attitudes towards women's rights issues. Through this program, the U.S. will give more than 400 grants to civil society organizations in periodic grant cycles each year.  This program is operated in conjunction with the Aurat Foundation and the Asia Foundation.

4. Grants for Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Projects (PDF 104 KB)

As the world's number-one transit country for Afghan opiates and cannabis, Pakistan is now being victimized by a new scourge: drug consumption. Recent surveys show that Pakistan is now home to 6.4 million drug users, and over 4.0 million addicts. Moreover, experts estimate that 20 to 40 metric tons of processed heroin remain in Pakistan's domestic market each year - inferring a heroin consumption rate double to triple that of North America's. Pakistan's cannabis use is also high, and surveys show the consumption of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) to be growing, as well - particularly among urban women who have developed a chemical dependency to over-the-counter pills. Spiraling drug consumption contributes to delinquency, homelessness, street violence, organized crime, and even extremism. Some community leaders say that drugs have become the number-one menace to Pakistani society. Unfortunately, Pakistan's capacity to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts is lacking. Pakistan has fewer than 80 treatment centers, while less than 40,000 users received treatment in 2012.

Program Objectives:

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section of the U.S. Mission to Pakistan (INL-Pakistan) runs Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) programs designed to achieve two major goals:

  1. Increase Pakistan's capacity to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts.
  2. Increase the public's mass awareness about the dangers of drug addiction.

To this end, INL-Pakistan invites qualified Pakistani organizations to submit project proposals for U.S. foreign assistance funding. INL-Pakistan will primarily consider proposals aimed at achieving the first objective: inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment and rehabilitation. INL-Pakistan may also consider proposals for increasing anti-drug awareness, but these proposals will receive lower priority than those focused directly on addiction treatment.

5. Grants for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Pakistan's Prisons (PDF 104 KB)

Prisons are often the most neglected part of any criminal justice system. Approximately 80 percent of Pakistan's 90,000 prison inmates are now pre- or under-trial prisoners (UTPs). As the security situation in Pakistan continues to stress the country's courts - which are already understaffed and overworked - this problem appears to be worsening. Bureaucratic inefficiencies and resource shortfalls within Pakistan's criminal justice system further delay case processing, as does the country's dearth of affordable defense attorneys. Pakistan's excessive UTP population, in turn, generates additional further case logjams, thereby generating a vicious cycle. Lacking effective legal representation, UTPs can await trial and/or sentencing for six (6) to 36 months. The time UTPs spend in legal "limbo" often exceeds the maximum sentence they could receive even if convicted. Moreover, because Pakistan's prison system doesn't effectively classify or segregate high-threat inmates from petty offenders, thousands of non-violent UTPs end up unnecessarily incarcerated alongside violent criminals and extremists. Combined with the lack of vocational and other rehabilitative opportunities, the prison experience itself can transform petty, non-violent offenders into aggressive radicals.

Program Objectives:

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section of the U.S. Mission to Pakistan (INL-Pakistan) directs corrections assistance programs designed to achieve two major objectives:

  1. Reduce Pakistan's UTP population by increasing the country's capacity to provide effective and affordable legal aid to petty offenders.
  2. Help rehabilitate prison inmates by providing and improving constructive vocational training and similar activities.

To this end, INL-Pakistan invites qualified Pakistani organizations to submit project proposals for U.S. foreign assistance funding. Proposals must clearly tie project activities and outcomes to one or both of the above objectives.

6. 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 $100,000 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 proposed project shall:

  • Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community level
  • Foster community self-reliance
  • Be quickly implemented and require no further funding
  • Be limited to organizations that demonstrate adequate management capabilities to plan, organize and execute activities, utilizing local resources
  • Be completed in one year or less
  • Have significant community participation and contribution
  • Have a significant impact, benefitting the greatest number of people possible

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 Issues: The projects in rule of law or women's economic empowerment that will help improve the status of disadvantaged women.
  • Cultural Preservation: Small buildings and renovation projects that preserve cultural and historical sites (declared heritage sites by the Government of Pakistan).
  • 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

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