To be eligible for funding, your project must meet the following criteria:
1. The project should help improve basic economic or social conditions at the local
community or village level, and have long-lived value.
2. The project should be high-impact, benefiting the greatest number of people possible.
3. 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.
4. Funding is limited to one project per organization, which must be completed within
twelve (12) months or less.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. The requested amount for implementing activities cannot exceed $10,000. Project
budgets generally range from $5,000 to $10,000.
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. Organizations must be registered with the proper authorities and must be able to
demonstrate that they have adequate internal controls and financial monitoring procedures in
Successful applicants should demonstrate strong ties to and support from their local community
and local authorities.
The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program will only accept proposals from:
Registered not-for-profit organizations, including civil society/non-governmental
Established, registered grass-roots community-based organizations (CBOs) and Faith
Based Organizations (FBOs).
For-profit, commercial entities and individuals are not eligible to apply.