U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (SSH)

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Funding Opportunity ID:301994
Opportunity Number:2018001
Opportunity Title:U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (SSH)
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Community Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):19.700
Eligible Applicants:Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:SSH funds are for registered Beninese organizations or associations. To qualify for an SSH Fund grant, projects must involve significant community contribution in the form of funding, materials, and/or labor. Applicants must have the ability to manage SSH projects independently and complete their project within twelve months of signing an SSH contract.
Agency Code:DOS-BEN
Agency Name:Department of State
U.S. Mission to Benin
Posted Date:Mar 21, 2018
Close Date:Apr 30, 2018
Last Updated Date:Mar 21, 2018
Award Ceiling:$10,000
Award Floor:$2,500
Estimated Total Program Funding:$60,000
Expected Number of Awards:9
Description:Embassy Cotonou is pleased to announce an open competition for community organizations in Benin to submit applications for a grant from the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (SSH). The application period is open until April 30, 2018, and awards are subject to fund availability. A detailed program description and application instructions can be found on Embassy Cotonou’s website, located at http://tiny.cc/CTNgrants. The SSH program is aimed at assisting Beninese community groups to develop lasting, self-sustainable projects that significantly impact communities by addressing critical health, social, and development concerns. Each year, Embassy Cotonou supports approximately six to ten projects with small grants, typically under $5,000. These grants have contributed to agricultural modernization, economic development, combatting early marriages and gender-based violence, improved sanitation, women’s empowerment, improved learning conditions, and greater access to clean water, health services, and education. To learn more about grant guidelines, please visit Embassy Cotonou’s website, or contact the Small-Grants Team at CotonouGrants@state.gov.
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