U.S. Embassy Kigali and the U.S. Department of State announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to support their local communities.  All projects should be community based, locally initiated, and foster community self-reliance.  Please follow all instructions below.

Program Objectives:

Background:  The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program is a grants program that seeks to reduce poverty and hunger in sub-Saharan Africa.  These community development efforts promote self-reliance through significant local contributions and sustainability requirements.  Over the last nine years, the State Department has provided $2 million each year to support SSH projects in 47 countries across the continent.

This year U.S. Embassy Kigali is seeking applications for projects which will:

  1. Improve basic economic and social conditions at the grassroots level.
  2. Support high-impact activities that benefit many people.
  3. Involve local contribution in cash, labor, and/or material.
  4. Have local support and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain.
  5. Be completed within 12 months.

Projects must be led by members of the local community.  Projects must benefit a large group of people rather than only a few individuals.  For example, a rainwater catchment system at a school is eligible, while one at a home is not.  The applicant should budget for any anticipated costs associated with the proposed project for which the applicant seeks funding.  Possible costs include equipment, materials, labor, installation costs, fees, necessary environmental assessments, etc.


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