ASSH program is a grassroots assistance program that funds grants for small development activities that generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts which fall outside the structure of other established U.S. assistance projects.
The program is intended to be flexible and allow the Ambassador to respond directly to requests from local communities for assistance with projects that have immediate impact and further Mission priorities. Equally important, the Special Self-Help program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future.
Acceptable project objectives include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Economic diversification, including small business creation and income generation
- Generate sustainable income and employment opportunities in local communities;
- Advance economic diversification at the grassroots level;
- Encourage use of local natural resources for income generation;
- Promote a culture of entrepreneurship;
- Improve basic economic or living conditions of a community;
- Purchase of income generating-equipment such as weaving looms, threshing machines, oil presses, beehives etc.
- Social services
- Youth and child development
- Assist youth to gain knowledge and tools to live positively, set life goals and enhance their own health, safety and security;
- Create opportunities for youth, including employment;
- Construction of school rooms or community centers;
- Purchase of school equipment, furnishings and books.
- Community-based natural resource management
- Expand effective community ownership and management of natural resources;
- Developing sustainable community-based tourism;
- Promoting the conservation of natural resources.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $60,000;
- Award Ceiling: $15,000.
- All applicants must be Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) registered on the province or national level in Zambia. They welcome proposals from Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work directly with communities.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330914