· Foster community self-reliance.
· Have community participation and contribution — volunteer time and labor, donated land, equipment and materials – and the U.S. contribution must be on a one-time basis only.
· Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level.
· Be viable and sustainable in terms of finance, personnel support, necessary expertise and services.
· Respect environmental norms for small projects. The proposed activity will not adversely affect protected or other sensitive environmental areas nor jeopardize threatened and endangered species and their habitat.
· Not exceed twelve months.
SSH grants are intended to support local community organizations that are serving a grassroots need through projects that are community generated and implemented and include significant community contribution in cash, labor or materials.
Organizations must be nonprofit.
The Organization must be legally registered.