U.S. Embassy in Tanzania: Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Community Grants Program


Deadline: 01-Jun-21
U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to implement projects through the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Community Grants Program.

Purpose of Small Grants
The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program started in 1964 in Togo and quickly spread across the continent as a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to local requests for small community-based development projects. The SSH program across Africa received $2 million in 2019 through the Africa Regional Economic Support Fund.
The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program started in Tanzania in 1965. It is distinct from the larger-scale assistance carried out locally by the U.S. government. This program focuses on providing targeted grants to assist small-scale ($2,000-$10,000), short-term (less than 12 months), community-driven development projects that improve economic and social conditions at the local level.

Federal Award Information

  • Award Amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000
  • Anticipated project start date: October 1, 2021
  • Type of Funding: FY21/22 Economic Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act
  • Funding Instrument Type: Grant
  • Length of performance period: One (1) year or less Number of awards anticipated: Six awards (dependent on amounts)

Each project is expected to :

  • Improve basic economic or social conditions at the community or village level;
  • Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities that benefit many people within one year without requiring further SSH assistance.
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain;
  • Be in direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community (the local sponsors of the project, who will also be its prime beneficiaries); and
  • Not initiate, continue, or supplement technical assistance programs.
  • Priority will be given to projects that support income generating activities, and/or the advancement of vulnerable or disadvantaged people, including women, youth, and people with disabilities.

Some examples of past SSH grants include

  • Water Projects – boreholes, irrigation, or water collection systems, storage tanks
  • Health & Hygiene – latrines at schools and clinics, community gardens
  • Environmental Projects – recycling, solar panel systems, organic fertilization production
  • Education Projects – classrooms, community libraries
  • Income Generating Projects – oil press for nuts, clothing production, carpentry tools, brick making machines

Eligibility Criteria
The SSH Program will only accept proposals from

  • Registered not-for-profit organizations, including civil society/non-governmental, organizations headquartered in Tanzania.
  • Established, registered grassroots community-based organizations (CBOs) and Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) headquartered in Tanzania.
  • The beneficiary members must be Tanzanian citizens.
  • Applicants must display sound management in the form of financial and administrative procedures that protect against fraud, waste, and abuse.

Note: For-profit, commercial entities and individuals are not eligible to apply.

For more information, visit https://tz.usembassy.gov/education-culture/ambassadors-community-grants-program/asshf-funding-opportunities/

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