U.S. Embassy in Mali: Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program

Deadline: 28 August 2018

The U.S. Embassy has announced an open competition for local organizations to submit applications to carry out projects addressing Mali’s economic growth that prioritize environmental protection, education, market gardening and youth entrepreneurship.

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots grant assistance program that allows U.S. Ambassadors to support local requests for small community-based development projects. The purpose of the Special Self-Help Program is to support communities through modest grants that will positively impact local communities. The SSH philosophy is to help communities ready to help themselves.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All citizens of MALI representing a civilian, religious, social, community development, special interest, disability, or advocacy group or organization may request funding for a community activity. Groups must be registered with the proper authorities.
  • The project must be written in English and submitted by an organized group who is motivated, has a real need and has already successfully implemented projects in the community. The project should be feasible and based on the socio-economic context of the local community.
  • To be eligible for funding applicant’s project must meet the following criteria:
    • The project should help improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level, and have long-lived value.
    • The project should be high-impact, benefiting the greatest number of people possible.
    • Substantial community participation in the activity is required. Contributions may include labor, materials (bricks, sand, gravel, seeds, etc.), land, buildings, or money to ensure the success of the project.
    • Funding is limited to one project, which must be completed within twelve (12) months or less.
    • Projects must be self-sustaining upon completion. The U.S. Embassy’s support for the project must be a one-time-only/one grant contribution.
    • Projects must be within the community’s ability to maintain and operate. Requests for large-scale agriculture or construction projects or for expensive equipment are not considered priority projects.
    • Managers of a project should have evidence that they are financially responsible and will be able to account for funds sent to them. Having a bank account, or establishing credit with vendors, are examples of such evidence.
    • The requested amount for implementing activities cannot exceed $10,000. Project budgets generally range from $2,000 to $10,000.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Mali

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

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