Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program

Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-COG-SSHF-ECON-FY16
Opportunity Category: Other
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
CFDA Number: 19.700
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: DOS-COG
Closing Date: Apr 09, 2016
Award Ceiling: $10,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Creation Date: Mar 10, 2016
Funding Opportunity Description: The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program assists community-based, community-run projects in the local communities of the Republic of Congo. The goal of the Self-Help Program is to improve the basic economic and social conditions of the village or community and should benefit the greatest number of people possible. The project initiative should come primarily from community action, but it can be sponsored and assisted by institutions, associations, government, or other sources outside the community. Projects must involve a self-help contribution of labor, material, and/or money freely given by members of the local community. The community must be able to operate and maintain the project over its intended life. The U.S. Government’s support for the project must be a one-time-only contribution. Projects must be completed within one year. Preference will be given to organizations which have established relationships with the private sector, NGOs or government bodies and demonstrate sustainability and a clear way to scale up activities. In the past year, the Self-Help program awarded eight grants at an average of US$6,800 with a one-year implementation period. Applicants will be assessed on standard criteria that include, but are not limited to, feasibility of proposed project, sound financial and management controls, a level of sustainability, and appropriate community ties. For more information on the program and how to apply, please contact



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