Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grants Program in Gambia
The U.S. Embassy in the Gambia is seeking applications for its Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grants Program (ASSH) to provide one-time small grants to improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the expansion of an existing project or activity.
The ASSH Program is designed to support high-impact, quick implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further assistance. Projects that support livelihoods in Rural Provinces, value added agricultural production, and projects that promote marketable skills are preferred. Grants are intended for local cooperatives.
The purpose of ASSH is to provide small-scale assistance to Gambian cooperatives as part of an ongoing commitment by the U.S. Government to support development activities on a local level. Projects selected for funding are those which:
Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community by funding the
expansion of an existing project;
Have the potential to produce employment and marketable skills;
Assist vulnerable groups;
Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further assistance;
Have the potential to generate additional income; and
Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain.
Improve educational facilities (Example: Classroom construction, Library construction,
Improved health facilities (Example: Construction of community health centers, provision of medical equipment to community health centers)
Improve access to clean water and sanitation facilities (Example: well or borehole construction, latrine construction)
Social and economic empowerment of women and girls (Example: Provisions of grain mills in rural communities, provision of oil extraction machines, other income generating activities)
More opportunities for people living with disabilities (Example: craftmanship skill, special education, creation of job opportunity)
Reduction in environment degradation (Examples: Provision of environmentally friendly cooking stoves, land restoration, production of natural fertilizers, recycling)
Total Amount Available: 30,000
Maximum for Each Award: $ 6,000
Award Period: 12 months
Eligibility is limited to cooperatives registered with the Gambian Cooperative Agency (GCA). Direct funding for NGOs (international or local) is available under this announcement.
All projects must begin on or after September 30, 2022 and should be completed within one year of the award date.
U.S. Embassy Banjul reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under circumstances deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government (USG), pending the availability of funds and approval of the designated grants officer.
U.S. Embassy Banjul encourages applications from all provinces.
All interested cooperatives must have an active registration with the Gambian Cooperative Agency at the time of submitting your application Organizations are encouraged to have a unique entity identifier (UEI).
SAM registration must be renewed annually.
For more information, visit https://gm.usembassy.gov/now-accepting-self-help-grant-applications-2022/