Grants from this program are awarded to community groups to carry out small development projects. The goal of this program is to encourage community involvement and the use of local resources and expertise to improve basic economic and social conditions of the local community.
What projects are eligible for funding?
The project must be initiated by the community and should benefit the community by increasing income or improving living conditions. If the project is designed to generate income, it must be truly community-based and not a for-profit enterprise or sole proprietorship.
The project should be sustainable and not require continued support after the one-time contribution from the Self-Help Program.
The community must make substantial contributions to the project in money or in kind.
All projects must be completed in one year.
How much are the grants?
The maximum grant is $10,000.
How are projects approved?
An Embassy committee meets once a year to review proposals.
How does an organization apply?
Application forms are available through the coordinator of the Self-Help Program at the U.S. Embassy.
What does not qualify for a Self-Help grant?
The Self-Help Program cannot fund political, religious, military, or recreational activities. Funds cannot be used for administrative costs, transportation, training, scholarships, consumable items, vehicles, or to finance repairs. Funds are not provided to government agencies.
What is the deadline for application?
March 31 of every year
How do I to apply?
Please refer to the French version of the Embassy website to use the application form (in French only).