Philippine-American (Phil-Am) Fund

The Philippine-American (Phil-Am) Fund is a five-year, Php984 million ($24 million), project which provides opportunities for local civil society organizations (CSOs) to devise new solutions for many of the Philippines’ development challenges. The Project acts as a grant-making facility to support business start-ups and promote innovation through entrepreneurship, advance citizen advocacy for greater accountability and integrity, and support programs geared towards combatting human trafficking, technology-based solutions to child and adult illiteracy and improved management of natural resources and biodiversity.

The activities supported by the Phil-Am Fund will contribute to the Partnership for Growth (PFG), a White House initiative. The PFG represents a partnership between the Philippines and the United States to promote broad-based and inclusive growth.

The Phil-Am Fund will provide seed grants to local, non-sovereign entities (enterprises and organizations) that support inclusive, sustainable growth by contributing to five broad categories: 1) enterprise development and entrepreneurship, 2) governance and transparency initiatives, 3) counter trafficking in persons, 4) education innovation challenge grants, and 5) biodiversity conservation. Besides providing grants, the Phil-Am Fund will also build the capacity of grantees by providing training in project and financial management.

The Fund is open to all Philippine private, for-profit and non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including universities, research organizations, professional associations, faith-based and community organizations and other relevant special interest associations. In some cases and with pre-determined funding caps, proposals from U.S. organizations may also be accepted.

The Phil-Am Fund will use a two-tiered approach in proposal processing – concept paper review and full proposal evaluation.

To finance local activities that support broad-based, inclusive, and sustainable growth in the Philippines in specific areas.


  • Promote new business and entrepreneurship
  • Advance integrity and transparency
  • Reduce ‘Last Mile’ challenges to literacy through use of technology
  • Improve biodiversity conservation, natural resource and environmental management
  • Combat trafficking in persons


Last updated: September 10, 2015

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