Promoting Economic Development through the Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program.

On Friday, September 29, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali awarded four grants to cooperatives in Rwanda totaling $50,000 (42 million RWF).  These grants, made possible by the U.S. Department of State Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program, aim to support projects that boost entrepreneurship, economic development, and employment at the community level.

This year’s grantees are cooperatives pursuing projects that include tilapia farming, solar-powered irrigation systems, high-value agriculture, and raising livestock.  All four of this year’s grantees are located in the Eastern Provence.  The projects, which are expected to assist 165 direct beneficiaries and 638 indirect beneficiaries, are scheduled to start in October 2017 and be completed by September 2018.

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles and the president of each cooperative signed the grants during the grant signing ceremony that took place at the U.S. Embassy.  The Director General for the Rwanda Cooperative Agency, Mr. Gilbert Habyarimana also participated in the signing ceremony.

The Ambassador’s Small Grants Program is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support economic development, improve livelihoods, and boost value-added agriculture.

The U.S. Embassy publishes a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) once a year to invite applications to the ASG program.  The NOFO is usually published in June and grants are awarded in September.  To learn more about the ASG Program, please go to our Embassy website for updates or send an e-mail to