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Updated Dec 19, 2018
Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program: Namibia
U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots assistance programthat allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to local requests for small community-based
development projects. This Self-Help fund provides small, short-term grants (one year) to
community groups that are working to improve the basic economic and social conditions of their
villages or communities.
Mar 31, 2019
Up to $20,000
The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots assistance program.
Be initiated by the community.
Quickly improve basic economic or social conditions in the local community.
Benefit the highest possible number of people.
Not require additional funding assistance at the end of one year.
Involve a significant community contribution in cash, labor, or materials.
Involve community members who can operate and maintain the project on their own after Self-Help assistance ends.
Whenever possible, projects should contribute to income-generating or self-sustaining activities, but the emphasis should be on the community benefit.
What is not funded?
Projects for the benefit of a private or for-profit company.
Projects that already benefit from technical assistance programs.
Activities that harm the environment, including the use of pesticides/herbicides.
Religious, military, or law enforcement (police) activities.
Activities which benefit any employee of the U.S. Government.
Activities which might contribute to the violation of workers’ rights.
Refugee or human rights assistance.
Revolving loan funds.
The grants program assists only small projects. The program cannot fund projects that are large in scope, budget, or complexity.
Government institutions are ineligible to apply.
The grants program does not support one-time events or individual sponsorships or bursaries.
The grants program cannot contribute to school development funds or revolving loan funds.
The grants program does not support recreational activities.
The grants program may not fund projects that have already received U.S. government funding.
The grant does not pay for vehicles.
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