U.S Embassy in Uganda announces Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program 2019

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Deadline: 30 April 2019

U.S. Embassy Kampala, Small Grants Office has announced an open competition for registered organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community contributions in cash, labor, or materials. This program supports small sustainable community-based initiatives that have immediate and dramatic impact on local community.

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The purpose of the program is to support different types of projects: from development projects (schools, health clinics, wells), to projects that aid employment and help communities develop marketable skills (village craft centers, agricultural cooperatives), to projects that address concerns such as women’s empowerment and the environment.

Funding Information

  • Embassy Kampala expects to have approximately $50,000 available to support five to eight organizations, subject to the availability of funding.
  • Grants are typically between $5,000 and $10,000 per project.

Eligibility Criteria

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All SSH proposals have to:

  • The Small Grants Office welcomes applications from all Uganda-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO), Community Based Organizations (CBO), and Grassroots organizations.
  • All applicants must include and identify a significant community contribution (cash, labor, and/or materials).
  • All applicants must display sound management in the form of financial and administrative procedures that protect against waste, fraud, and abuse.

How to Apply

Applicants must be Download their application form via given website.

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    We are national NGO registered at both local and national level with National NGO registration Bureau .we are also registered as legal aid registered with Uganda law council and Uganda law society and operating in entire country with our main office in Kampala though now focusing in northern Ugandan

    Our organisation is mostly led by young lawyers and developmental professional ,we are looking forward for such opportunities ,though we we would like to know if the grant fall with our program areas

    Children rights
    Legal aid
    Human rights
    Economic development


  • Avatar Stephen Wandera says:

    Good iniative

  • Avatar Kawanguzi Joseph Okecho says:

    Am the director of Namagera learning centre located in Namagera village, Katonte parish, Baitambogwe Sub county Mayuge district Eastern Uganda,we have many activities that we do,deep in rural area and near the shores of Lake Victoria, we are registered with NGO board of mayuge district, we have Nursery and primary school, providing education near poor peasant farmer who cannot afford to take their children Government schools which is 3km away.We also do community farming like growing of crops beans and maize to provide food to these young children, staff and other parent who are too desperate.Our organization is led by the local members of that very surrounding community , do qualify for this grant opportunity?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Kawanguzi Joseph Okecho,

      Yes, Uganda is eligible to apply. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

  • am called semajeri Gad from Batwa development Organisation -BDO.Hello, supporter.
    We are the Batwa people and we are the marginalized of the marginalized in Uganda, we live in extreme poverty as squatters on others land.

    We are treated worse than house pets in our country or Origin. We were the first peoples to inhabits central Africa and we are endangered and almost extinct.

    Our people have been exploited for too long by NGOs where Non-Batwa seem to profiting at our expense.

    We don’t approach you for the money but instead with your support,as we have no voice.
    Yours sincerely,
    Semajeri Gad.

  • Avatar ONIM ALBERT WAETUM says:

    The organization is legally registered as a community based organization implementing activities on HIV/AIDs. Do we qualify for the grant?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:


      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Fredrick says:

    Thanks for the concern and help. May I know how to get the grants?

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Fredrick,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria, grant information and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Ndemezo James says:

    good morning…am humbled to recieve this information…..am James Ndemezo our project is avalue addition project which deals with winerry production using local ingredients such as banana wine from local banana i also wished to know if such opportunity wer can also benefit from it…..we are located in lyatonde district and we are fully registered by UNBS and URSB

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Ndemezo James,

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Community program for conservation and development(cpcd) says:

    Dear sir, we are CBO based in Uganda refugee settlement working for environmental conservation within the rhino camp settlement arua district .we are registered CBO with local government of Uganda creating development opportunities to refugees and Host community , we are greatful for you if you can fund our CBO to conserve the environment through tree plantings and tree growing .problem: since the influx of refugees the area was highly destroyed .

    thanks managing director cpcd.
    Lomoro John

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