U.S. Mission to Malawi: Apply for U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Applications are now open for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program which is a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to local requests for small community-based development projects.

The purpose of the Special Self-Help program is to fund small development activities that generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts but that fall outside the structure of established USAID projects. The program is intended to be flexible and allow the Ambassador to respond quickly and directly to requests from local communities for assistance with small community projects that have immediate impact and further Mission policies and objectives.

The Special Self-Help program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future. All Special Self-Help projects are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community contributions in labor or materials.

Project Categories

Under the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, U.S.Embassy Lilongwe will prioritize:

  • Construction of girls’ hostels, libraries, laboratories, and waiting shelters for pregnant women;
  • The provision of clean and safe water; environmental projects such as waste management;
  • Other unique and innovative projects fitting the eligibility criteria.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000
  • Award Ceiling: $25,000
  • Award Floor: $3,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • The initiative for each project must originate from community needs assessments or calls to action.
  • Initiatives sponsored and assisted by credible development organizations or other sources informed by, and working within, the community.
  • The initiative for each project must originate from local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), Community Based Organizations (CBO), Village Development Committees (VDC), School Management Committee (SMC)and other local development structures recognize by government.
  • Project Eligibility: Projects must seek 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, without requiring further Self-Help Fund assistance;
    • Involve a significant local contribution in labor, and/or materials, and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain on a sustainable basis;
    • Use environmentally friendly materials such as cement bricks; and
    • Be completed within twelve months.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For further information, please visit grants.gov.

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