U.S. Mission to Benin: Embassy Cotonou’s Small-Grants Program

Deadline: 28 August 2017

The U.S. Mission to Benin is pleased to announce an open competition for community organizations in Benin to submit applications for a grant from Embassy Cotonou’s Small-Grants program (ECSG) with an aim to assist Beninese community groups to develop lasting, self sustaining projects that significantly impact communities by addressing critical health, social, and development concerns.

These grants have contributed to agricultural modernization, economic development, combatting early marriages and gender-base violence, improving sanitation, empowering women, improving learning conditions, and greater access to clean water, health services, and education.

Funding Information

Embassy Cotonou supports approximately six to ten projects with small grants, typically under $5,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ECSG projects are for community-based groups or organizations, initiated locally, administered at the local level. To qualify for an ECSG Fund grant, projects must involve significant community contribution in the form of funding, materials, and/or labor. Applicants must have the ability to manage ECSG projects independently and complete their project within twelve months of signing an ECSG contract.
  • Consideration will be given to projects with the following qualities:
    • Foster community self-reliance;
    • Have significant community participation and contributions – volunteer time and labor, donated land, equipment, and/or materials;
    • Deliver measurable results (e.g. show how activities led to positive changes within the community);
    • Help improve basic economic, social, and/or health conditions at the local community or village level;
    • Fall within the ability of the local community to implement and maintain into the future;
    • Respect environmental norms for small projects and will not adversely affect protected or other sensitive environmental areas nor jeopardize threatened or endangered species and their habitat;
    • Can be completed within one year; and
    • Are viable and sustainable in terms of finance, support, and necessary expertise and services.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via given website.

Eligible Country: Benin

For more information, please visit Embassy Cotonou’s Small-Grants Program.

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