U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund

The summary for the U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the US Mission to Maseru Lesotho, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund: The U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund provides grants to community groups in Lesotho that are working to improve the basic economic and social conditions of their villages or communities. Grants are awarded once each year to projects which demonstrate local initiative and self-sustainability. Each community group awarded a grant provides a cash or in-kind contribution equivalent to ten percent (10%) of the total cost of the project. This participation ensures that the project has a strong foundation and that the end result truly belongs to the recipients and is theirs to maintain over time. The Ambassador will consider a wide variety of projects, and is particularly interested in supporting those that promote women and girls. Typical projects include classroom construction; classroom roofing; construction of community facilities like health clinics and community centers; and boreholes that provide safe drinking water to communities.
Federal Grant Title: U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund
Federal Agency Name: US Mission to Maseru Lesotho
Grant Categories: Community Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: SSH-2015-1
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 19.700
CFDA Descriptions: General Department of State Assistance
Current Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2015 The deadline for all completed appli
Original Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2015 The deadline for all completed appli
Posted Date: Feb 12, 2015
Creation Date: Feb 12, 2015
Archive Date: Apr 30, 2015
Total Program Funding: $50,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $6,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: none
Expected Number of Awards: 8
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Category Explanation
The U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund provides grants to community groups in Lesotho that are working to improve the basic economic and social conditions of their villages or communities.
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Consideration will be given to projects which:

• Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level
• Support high impact, quick implementation activities that benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further SSH assistance
• Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material
• Are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain
• Are not in any way initiating, continuing, or supplementing technical assistance programs
• Are a direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community
• Contribute to income-generating or self-sustaining activities, whenever possible
• Ensure broadly accessible, reliable, and economically sustainable water and sanitation services for health, security, and prosperity (not issues directly relating to agriculture or household level)
• Assist special populations which may be vulnerable or at-risk on a temporary or chronic basis such as the disabled, orphans, children and at-risk youth, ethnic minorities, the elderly, female heads of households, or other socially excluded groups
• Provide social assistance
Link to Full Grant Announcement
U.S. Embassy Maseru Grants
Grant Announcement Contact
Cora Malinak Special Projects Coordinator Phone 26622312666
Department of State

U.S. Mission to Maseru-Lesotho 703-875-5117
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