USAID Left: USAID Mission Director Ryan Washburn, CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera, and Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto join USAID-supported youth leaders onstage.

USAID unveils P20M worth of grants

June 2, 2023 People's Tonight 151 views

To benefit OSY in PH

ON May 30, the United States (US) government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), announced new grants worth over P20 million (US$370,000) for Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs) working on innovative programs to improve the lives of Filipino out-of-school youth (OSY).

Administered through the USAID Opportunity 2.0 program, the announcement includes two types of grants: the “O2 GAIN Grants,” which will address local development priorities for out-of-school youth, and the “O2-ASPIRE Grants,” which will support partnerships between Philippine and US HEIs on out-of-school youth advancement.

The grants will help fund academic research, develop technological solutions, and enhance the quality of services for out-of-school youth.

USAID Mission Director Ryan Washburn announced the new grants during the Opportunity 2.0 program’s Higher Education Learning Summit in Quezon City, which brought together more than 200 USAID partners from across the Philippines.

The summit highlighted the pivotal role of higher education partners in building a better future for out-of-school youth and provided stakeholders with space for further collaboration.

“Working together, we have been able to make progress and open doors for thousands of out-of-school youth to better education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities,” said Washburn.

To date, Opportunity 2.0 has supported around 35,000 Filipino youth by helping them gain employment, start their own businesses, or go back to school.

“I am confident that this learning summit will facilitate meaningful exchanges, foster collaboration, inspire innovative approaches, and find common ground to address the complex needs of out-of-school youth,” said Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera. “I, therefore, express my gratitude to the USAID Opportunity 2.0 program and all the organizers for their vision and dedication for making this summit a reality.”

“Education is the cornerstone of all progress, and higher education institutions play a pivotal role in order to accomplish this as they serve as homes for training the minds of the youth and preparing them for the challenges of the ever-evolving world,” said Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.

“We view our higher education institutions as our beacon of hope. We are confident that with your help and support, we can make out-of-school Filipino return to studying and get the quality education that they deserve.”

Interested grant applicants may contact or follow USAID Opportunity 2.0 program’s Facebook account ( and LinkedIn ( for updates and additional information.