2024 Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
February 28th, 2024
Close Date
May 31st, 2024
Total Funding
$70,000.00
Award Ceiling
$7,000.00
Award Floor
$5,000.00
Expected No. Awards
10
Opportunity No.
NGA-POLECON-GR-24-001-02282024

Agency

U.S. Mission to Nigeria (DOS-NGA)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Community Development

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Earmark

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Additional Information

https://ng.usembassy.gov/grants/

Summary

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is offering the 2024 Ambassador's Special Self-Help Program grant. This grant aims to provide funding for small-scale community development activities that improve living conditions. The program focuses on projects that promote economic diversification, social inclusion and services, youth and child development, and environment and community-based natural resource management. The grant requires projects to meet specific criteria, including community involvement, feasibility, and long-term sustainability. Eligible applicants include non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations registered in Nigeria that work directly with communities. The grant has an award ceiling of $7,000 and an estimated total program funding of $70,000. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2024. For more information and application instructions, please visit the link.

Description

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION BELOW. FOR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS VIEW THE FULL NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY LINKED BELOW PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Abuja announces an open competition for organizations to submit proposals to carry out projects through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (ASSH) Small Grants Program. Program Objectives: ASSH is a grassroots grant assistance program that provides modest grants for small scale community development activities that improve living conditions. 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. ASSH is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future. The U.S. contribution will be a set amount on a one-time basis only. PROJECT OBJECTIVES: Economic diversification and creation of opportunities Projects that generate sustainable revenue and create employment opportunities in local communities benefiting these beyond individual group members. Projects should advance economic diversification at the grassroots level and promote a culture of entrepreneurship, including women-led entrepreneurship and innovation that can be replicated locally. Projects should encourage the use of locally sourced natural resources for income generation through diversified agricultural practices. Social inclusion and services Projects that aim to improve the lives of vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, the elderly and female heads of household. This includes access to basic services such as water and sanitation. Youth and child development Projects that create opportunities for youth, including employment, or enable access to and enhance early childhood and primary education. Environment and community-based natural resource management Projects that expand effective community ownership and management of natural resources, promote the conservation of natural resources, build resilience and increase the capacity to adapt to environmental changes. PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: To meet the following criteria to be eligible for consideration, projects must: · Help improve basic economic or social conditions on a small community scale and has a long-term value. · Have high impact, benefit a significant number of community members and have a high beneficiary to budget ratio. · Be initiated by the community, demonstrate strong community involvement and participation. · Be feasible and based on the socio-economic context of the community. · Include a community contribution of 10% or more of the total cost of the project. This may be in cash or in kind, such as volunteer time and labor, food, accommodation costs, donated land, transportation costs, equipment, and materials. · Aim to be completed within 6 – 12 months and be self-sustaining upon completion. The project plan contains pre-established long-term goals and a coherent plan to keep the project running in the future. · Identify a real need, demonstrate that benefitting community can maintain and operate the project as evidenced by implementing prior successful projects. · Show that applicant organization is financially responsible as evidenced by a bank account in its name. · Illustrate strong coordination and communication among the applicant, local leaders, and local government representatives. · Be submitted by an organized group that is motivated and a capable project manager who is a long-term resident in the community is responsible for the project. · Not request U.S. contribution amount above $7,000. · Have a project budget that is clear, complete, and well defined, and includes only items permanent in nature or technical assistance necessary for the completion of project. The following is not eligible for funding: · Projects relating to partisan political activity, including fund raising campaigns. · Personal expenses for an individual. · Private businesses. · Purchase and set up of surveillance equipment. · Creating, continuing, or supplementing technical assistance programs. · Duplication of other U.S. Government programs. · Projects that would benefit, either personally or politically, to any employee of the U.S. Government, or the spouse or family member of a U.S. Government employee. · Charitable or donation related activities. · Projects that support specific religious or military activities, as well as those relating to police, prisons, or other law enforcement. · Projects that have purely cultural emphasis. · Large-scale agriculture or construction projects. · Scientific research. · Costs associated with the project manager. · Projects intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the applying organization. This includes vehicles and office equipment and supplies. · Purchase of alcohol, medicine, school uniforms, school fees. · Support for educational or other facilities used to a significant degree by U.S. employees or their dependents. · Support for abortion-related facilities and services. · Purchase or production of toxic or otherwise unsafe products such as herbicides, pesticides or hazardous chemicals. · Salaries for applying organization staff or contractors. · Purchase of food, refreshments, food parcels; medicines and other consumables · Support for private nurseries, or public/government schools unless through involvement of a Parent-Teacher Association. · Training costs. · Travel costs. · “Startup” or “Seed” capital or loans. · Previously owned equipment, luxury goods, or gambling equipment. · Funds to remodel or renovate an existing facility that is in disrepair because of neglect or lack of money. · Projects that are partially funded by another donor or the Government of Nigeria. Funds cannot be commingled with funds from other donors, international organization, or other U.S. government programs. · Other activities barred by the Foreign Assistance Act, or the ASSH program. FOR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS VIEW THE FULL NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY LINKED BELOW

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