ERI Institute Helps Organizations to Reduce Poverty and Promote Social Justice

Last date : On Going


The ERI Institute is calling applications from organizations to provide a brief description of their project. ERI offers grants and impact investments to promising organizations that aim to reduce poverty and social injustice, both global and domestic, by addressing the roots causes that perpetuate them.

Kinds of grants

  1. Operational grants: non-dedicated grants that are meant to support the operation of non-profits who strongly meet the aforementioned criteria.
  2. Project grants: dedicated grants that are meant to support a specific project, which meets the aforementioned criteria.

ERI is a social enterprise founded in 2014 with the aim of:

  • Making the research and fundraising services most needed by non-profits and social enterprises accessible to all, regardless of budgetary constraints.
  • Providing a new source of funding for organizations that aim to reduce poverty and social injustice by addressing the root causes that perpetuate them.

ERI is both a research institute and a donor supporting the work of non-profits and social enterprises. To that end, ERI donates 90% of profits to fund our giving activities.

Eligibility Information

  • Any organization, including non-profits, social enterprises and impact-oriented businesses are eligible to apply.
  • Organization must be able to provide a return on the investment, in the form of monetary yield, goods and services, or impact on poverty reduction and social justice.
  • Organizations should not engage in any way or endorse any kind of activity that involves: unjust discrimination, disrespect or violation of any person or group’s human rights, or violence.

Application Process

Grant application process includes two stages:

  1. The applicant should submit a short (up to two pages) and informal letter of intent describing: organization requesting the grant or investment, its mission and main activities.
  2. ERI will only consider proposals from organizations that have been invited to submit a grant or impact investment proposal.

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Funding Guide: USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program

Last date : Throughout the year


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing support to Pakistani people through Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program. Mission of USAID is to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.

Overview of USAID small grants and ambassador’s fund program

The 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.

List of major sectors for grants under SGAFP:

  1. Energy
  2. Education
  3. Health (Mother & child)
  4. Economic Growth (Including Agriculture)
  5. Governance
  6. Gender
  7. Stabilization in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA

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.

Geographically focusing Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, the program is designed to fund innovative activities that promote USAID’s development objectives.


Education Sector

USAID seeks to support improved quality of education through activities contributing to goals listed below:

  1. Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades. Activities to improve educational access must be designed to contribute to another goal.
  2. Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners.

USAID requires proposals for education grants which must be designed to help resolve challenges related to educational quality and access.

Civic Participation

USAID seeks proposals for Civic Participation grants that must be designed to strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for policy analysis, advocacy, coalition-building, internal governance, membership representation and services, and engage in other activities aimed at fostering more peaceful and democratic societies. Focus areas under civic participation are:

  1. Capacity Building of Civil Society to Support Government Institutions for Essential Services
  2. Citizen Participation and Oversight
  3. Strengthen Worker Unions and Corporate Accountability
  4. Cross Cutting Theme

Application Procedure

While preparing applications, the applicants should ensure that the timeline for proposed projects should begin approximately 4 months after submission of an application (to allow for grants processing time) with a completion date no later than April 30, 2017.

For a grant under USAID’s Small Grants Program, the applicant must first submit a concept paper about the proposed project using the form provided on USAID’s Small Grants Program website. If the concept paper is approved, the applicant will then have to complete a full proposal using the form on the website.

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