Updated Jun 12, 2019

Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program – Mali

Offered by U.S. Department of State

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program is a grass-roots grant assistance program that allows U.S. embassies to support local requests for small community-based development projects. The purpose of the SSH Program is to support communities through modest grants that will positively impact local communities. Equally important, the SSH Program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar community development activities on their own in the future.
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Jul 22, 2019Deadline
$5,000 - $10,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 2: Research & Development and Stage 3: Proof of Concept
Created inMali
Implemented in:
Focus AreasAll Sectors
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.

Other Requirements

Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan
Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to
ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to
make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
Reporting Requirements
Recipients will be required to submit financial and program reports.
The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted.

Application And Awards Process

Complete proposals can be emailed to:
Mailed to:
U.S. Embassy, Political and Economic Section, P.O. Box 39, Bamako
Hand delivered to:
U.S. Embassy, Bamako Mailbox, Bamako, ATTN: Self-Help Grants Coordinator


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