U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund, U.S. Embassy Lilongwe

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U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund, U.S. Embassy Lilongwe: The U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund was established in Malawi in 1966 as a way to address urgent development needs at the community level. The goal of the fund is to improve the basic economic or social conditions of Malawians at the local community or village level. Over the past 50 years, this fund has disbursed over $6 million to 1,463 projects covering all 28 Districts in Malawi. Projects funded have included classroom blocks, under-five clinics, pregnant mothers waiting shelters, school libraries, girls' hostels, installation of biogas digesters, eco-stove production, and provision of clean and safe drinking water through boreholes and shallow wells. This grass-roots grant assistance program allows U.S. Ambassadors to support local requests for small community-based development projects. The purpose of this program is to fund small development activities that generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts but that fall outside the structure of established USAID projects. The program is intended to be flexible and allow the Ambassador to respond quickly and directly to requests from local communities for assistance with small community projects that have immediate impact and further Mission policies and objectives. Equally important, this program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future. All are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community contributions in cash, labor, or materials. The SSH philosophy is to help communities that are ready to help themselves. The U.S. Embassy funds a variety of projects each year, with an objective to obtain geographical diversity in project selection. Projects for which women and girls are the primary beneficiaries are encouraged. We will not consider projects that benefit only small number of individuals. Each grant ranges from between USD $3,000 and USD $15,000.
Federal Grant Title: U.S. Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund, U.S. Embassy Lilongwe
Federal Agency Name: US Mission to Malawi (DOS-MWI)
Grant Categories: Community Development
Type of Opportunity: Continuation
Funding Opportunity Number: MWI-ASSHF-FY18
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 19.700
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: July 5th, 2019
Original Application Deadline: July 5th, 2019
Posted Date: June 3rd, 2019
Creation Date: June 3rd, 2019
Archive Date: August 4th, 2019
Total Program Funding: $100,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $15,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $3,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Last Updated: June 3rd, 2019
Category Explanation
Under this year’s program, U.S. Embassy Lilongwe will prioritize: construction of girls’ hostels, libraries, laboratories, and waiting shelters for pregnant women; the provision of clean and safe water; environmental projects such as waste management; and other unique and innovative projects.
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Groups must be registered with one of two authorities: the Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) or The Non-Governmental Organization Board (NGO Board). To qualify, an applicant must be an organized, motivated group with a real need, and the proposed project must be feasible and based on the socio-economic context of the local community. In addition an applicant must demonstrate that it has adequate internal controls and financial monitoring procedures in place, and strong ties to and support from the local community and local governmental bodies.
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