Updated Dec 19, 2018CLOSED

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program: Namibia

Offered by 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.
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CLOSEDMar 31, 2019Deadline
Up to $20,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
Focus AreasWildlife (Environment)
Nutrition (Health)
The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots assistance program.

Projects should:
  • 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.

Other Requirements

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.
  • Surveillance equipment.
  • 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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