Deadline: 14 September 2019
The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund invests in people who take the initiative to launch small-scale community development projects that improve incomes, environment, nutrition or education at the grassroots level.
The Embassy supports high-impact initiatives that will quickly benefit a large number of people and be sustainable over time. They help people help themselves. Every project must include a strong element of community involvement. The fund does not support requests from individuals or private enterprises.
All proposals must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Improve the community’s economic conditions and quality of life; protect, enhance, or develop natural resources; and assist the greatest number or beneficiaries possible;
- Have community contributions (cash, materials, labor) amounting to no less than 25% of the total project value;
- Be completed within one year;
- Be within the means of the local community or self-help group to operate and maintain over the intended life of the project.
The following types of projects, activities, and costs are not eligible for Self-help funds:
- Personal service, administrative, start-up costs, and credit or loan programs;
- Cultural, religious, police, and military activities;
- Weather modification equipment;
- Pharmaceuticals and medical equipment;
- Pesticides and hazardous chemicals;
- The purchase of used equipment;
- Ongoing training, school or dormitory furnishings, laboratory equipment, or the payment of school fees;
- The purchase of vehicles;
- Land rental or purchase.
How to Apply
Groups interested in applying for these funds should send project proposals to the Special Self-help Coordinator at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit https://dj.usembassy.gov/education-culture/ambassadors-special-self-help-fund/