Local Works

Quick Facts

Managed by

USAID Office of Local Sustainability (E3/LS)

Launched in


Local Works Missions:

Round 3 - FY 2017: Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Uganda, West Africa Regional

Round 2 - FY 2016: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Philippines

Round 1 - FY 2015: Malawi, Morocco, Serbia, Vietnam

Discretionary Funds

Local Works’ five-year funds may be used in any sector and need not necessarily align with a Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS)

Unsolicited Materials

Parties interested in submitting an unsolicited proposal or application for Local Works funding are invited to learn more here


USAID is committed to helping its partner countries achieve self-reliance and ensuring that U.S. taxpayer investments produce sustainable, long-term development outcomes. Local ownership of the development process is key to achieving these objectives.

Local Works is a unique program designed to advance locally-owned development and enhance the Agency’s ability to empower local actors to take the lead in addressing their own development challenges.

Local Works provides USAID Missions with resources, tools, and opportunities to try new development approaches that are more flexible, locally responsive, and sustainable. Five-year discretionary funds available through Local Works provide Missions more time and greater freedom to pursue locally-led programming and innovative operational approaches. Learning how to support local ownership and self-reliance contributes toward USAID’s vision of ending the need for foreign assistance.




*In Section 7080 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (P.L. 113-235), localworks replaces the Development Grants Program and is referred to as the Small Grants Program.

Last updated: September 11, 2018

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