PACT grants program is unique since it provides
the critical seed money necessary to get higher
education institutions, NGOs and the private sector
working together with the communities in which
they are located on projects to improve life for
residents of the U.S. – Mexico borderlands.
Projects are supported in the areas of education,
health, environment, community development and
economic development. Each is selected based on
the quality of its design, the potential it has
to have a positive impact in its host community
and the likelihood that it will be able to continue
to find support subsequent to the expenditure
of this initial seed funding.
Past results of funded projects have been excellent
and have addressed important areas of study and
current borderlands issues. To learn about each
project, click on the area links to your left.
The first competition, funded by the Ford Foundation,
took place in 1999 and $60,000 was awarded to
five projects. The Hewlett Foundation and the
Ford Foundation jointly funded the second competition
in 2001 when $216,000 was awarded to 19 projects.
In June of 2003, a third round of Border PACT
grants funded 14 projects for a total of $209,400.
For the 2004 Border PACT grants competition, CONAHEC
selected 10 projects to be funded at $15,000 per