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Special Self Help Program : Funding grants for Small Development activities in Mauritania

Special Self Help Program : Funding grants for Small Development activities in Mauritania

Deadline: 15-Jul-21

U.S. Embassy Nouakchott’s Program and Grants Office (PGO) of the U.S. Department of State have announced a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in applying for funding for program proposals that promote Socioeconomic Activities (Special Self Help).

The purpose of the Special Self-Help program is to 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.

All Special Self-Help projects are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community contributions in cash, labor or materials

Funding Information

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $3,000 to a maximum of $10,000.
Length of performance period: 06 to 12 months.
Anticipated program start date: October 1, 2021.
Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

SSH supports proposals related to the following activities:

Small construction projects (less than 10,000 sq. ft. – 929.03 sq. m) – school rooms, community centers, health facilities, foot bridges, housing for a government or community-paid nurse or teacher, workshops, community abattoir, grain storage, rural airstrip for a hospital, and school dormitory for distant students.
Water-related projects – wells, latrines, pumps, bore holes, shower stalls and sinks and fishponds.
School equipment and supplies – desks, chairs, laboratory equipment and library items. Communal construction equipment such as a brick-making machine.
Miscellaneous durable goods – stove or refrigerator for a school or hospital, or a washing machine for a clinic.
Income generating equipment – weaving looms, tools for furniture making, rice-milling machine. However, care should be used to avoid the funding for the purchase of equipment that cannot be maintained by the local community.
Participants and Audiences

Local communities, cooperatives, associations, local NGOs, municipalities.
Eligibility Criteria

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
National NGOs, cooperatives, associations, and other local groups dully registered in Mauritania.
In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System/DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov.
Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.)
Applicants must be registered to operate in Mauritania.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333835

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