Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program – Annual Program Statement

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

Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants:
ASSH program

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is a grass-roots grant assistance program that funds grants for small development activities that generate public awareness of U. S. foreign assistance efforts but that 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 small community projects that have immediate impact, and further mission policies and objectives.

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.

Projects must align with one or more U. S. Embassy priority:
• Community-based natural resource management Expand effective community ownership and management of natural resources.

Preserve and/or expand wildlife corridors.

Develop sustainable community-based tourism.

Promote the conservation of natural resources.

• Economic diversification, including small business creation and income generation Generate 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.

• Social services to assist disadvantaged populations Assist 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.

• Youth and child development Assist 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.

Related Programs

General Department of State Assistance

U.S. Department of State

Agency: Department of State

Office: U.S. Mission to Botswana

Estimated Funding: $60,000

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
U.>S Embassy Botswana website's grants page

Additional Information of Eligibility:
All applicants must be registered Botswana Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) and have been in operation for at least one year to be eligible for funding.

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

Organizations with currently running projects may apply as long as they justify the need for more resources in new directions.

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Social Entrepreneurship

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