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Apply for US Embassy Special Self Help Grants for Zambians



Apply for US Embassy Special Self Help Grants for Zambians

U.S. Embassy Lusaka announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out projects through the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (ASSH) Small Grants Program.

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ASSH program is a grassroots assistance program that funds grants for small development activities that generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts which fall outside the structure of other established U.S. assistance projects.


The program is intended to be flexible and allow the Ambassador to respond directly to requests from local communities for assistance with projects that have immediate impact and further Mission priorities.

Equally important, the Special Self-Help program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future.

US Embassy Special Self Help Grants in Zambia – Objectives

Acceptable project objectives include, but are not limited to, the following:

Economic diversification, including small business creation and income generationGenerate sustainable income and employment opportunities in local communities;Advance economic diversification at the grassroots level;Encourage use of local natural resources for income generation;Promote a culture of entrepreneurship;Improve basic economic or living conditions of a community;Purchase of income generating-equipment such as weaving looms, threshing machines, oil presses, beehives etc.

US Embassy Special Self Help Grants in Zambia – Social ServicesAssist populations which may be disadvantaged or at-risk on a temporary or chronic basis, including people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, the elderly and female heads of household;Construction of health clinics or workshops;Water and sanitation related projects.

US Embassy Special Self Help Grants in Zambia – Youth and Child DevelopmentAssist youth to gain knowledge and tools to live positively, set life goals and enhance their own health, safety and security;Create opportunities for youth, including employment;Construction of school rooms or community centers;Purchase of school equipment, furnishings and books.

Community-based Natural Resource ManagementExpand effective community ownership and management of natural resources;Developing sustainable community-based tourism;Promoting the conservation of natural resources.

US Embassy Special Self Help Grants in Zambia – Funding InformationEstimated Total Program Funding: $60,000Award Ceiling: $15,000

Eligible ApplicantsAll applicants must be Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) registered on the province or national level in Zambia.

They welcome proposals from Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work directly with communities.

Apply by 28th February.

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Bernard Bassey is a graduate of Software Engineering from AfriHUB University, Abuja. He is an expert in field journalism, his interest in socio-politics activities is keen.

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