The Development Grants Program (DGP), established in 2008 by Section 674 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, is focused on strengthening local civil society and its supporting networks to improve aid effectiveness and sustainability. The program broadens USAID’s partnership base by supporting the efforts of local and US-based NGOs to carry out meaningful and enduring locally-led development. The DGP was designed to expand the number of direct partnerships USAID has with NGOs that have limited or no experience working directly with USAID, and to strengthen the capacity of these organizations to better meet the needs of their constituents. Programs are managed by participating Missions, and include activities that promote democracy and governance, NGO strengthening, civil society enabling environments, civic participation, and other cross-sectorial programs.
To date, the DGP has supported 199 organizations in 56 countries, totaling $194 million in assistance to carefully vetted US and indigenous local organizations.
Inquiries regarding this program can be sent to DGP@usaid.gov
Last updated: September 12, 2014