U.S. Embassy in Togo: Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program

Deadline: 30 June 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Togo is seeking applications for its Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program to provide financial assistance to small, community-based development projects. Special consideration is given to projects that have the potential to generate income.

Funding Information

  • Project funding is limited to US$5,000. However, the usual grant amount is significantly lower.
  • Requests for smaller grants are encouraged and often have a better chance of obtaining funding.

General Principles

Every project submitted for Self-Help funding is expected to:

  • Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level;
  • Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities that benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further SSH assistance;
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain;
  • Be in direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community (the local sponsors of the project, who will also be its prime beneficiaries);
  • Not initiate, continue, or supplement technical assistance programs;
  • Whenever possible, contribute to income-generating or self sustaining activities.

Selection Criteria

  • Each year, the U.S. Embassy receives many more requests for assistance than it can fund.
  • The goal is to fund projects throughout the five regions of Togo depending on that year’s Self-Help Fund budget.
  • Only proposals that strictly meet the fund’s objectives and criteria will be considered.
  • The most important criterion is the one that gave the program its name: Self-Help activities should include participation and contributions from community members, such as:
    • Volunteer time and labor
    • Medical equipment for health clinics
    • Donated land
    • Sand, gravel, water

How to Apply

Proposals can be emailed or sent at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Togo

For more information, please visit U.S. Embassy in Togo.

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