Donor: U.S. Mission to Nigeria
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: NGA-POLECON-GR-24-001-02282024
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 31.05.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 5.000$
Total available budget: 70.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 7.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Children & Youth
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Africa



1) Objective

The 2024 Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, announced by the U.S. Embassy Abuja, is designed to empower local communities in Nigeria through small-scale, community-driven development projects. With a focus on sustainability and self-reliance, the program aims to provide one-time grants that have an immediate impact on improving living conditions, while furthering U.S. Mission priorities. The initiative encourages economic diversification, social inclusion, youth and child development, and environmental stewardship through grassroots efforts.

Projects funded under this program are expected to generate sustainable revenue, create employment opportunities, improve access to basic services, and promote community-based natural resource management. By fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly among women and vulnerable populations, the program seeks to advance economic diversification at the grassroots level. The ultimate goal is to encourage communities to undertake similar activities independently in the future, thereby ensuring long-term value and high impact on a significant number of community members.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants include non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations, and established, local grassroots groups legally registered in Nigeria. Preference is given to organizations that work directly with communities and have a strong community involvement. For-profit entities, commercial businesses, and individuals are not eligible. Previous beneficiaries of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program are also ineligible.

3) Location

Actions must be implemented in Nigeria.

4) Budget

The total funding available for the program is $70,000, with individual awards ranging from $5,000 to $7,000. Projects are required to include a community contribution of at least 10% of the total project cost, which can be in cash or in-kind.

5) Application

Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2024. Proposals should detail projects that are community-initiated, demonstrate strong community participation, and are feasible within the socio-economic context of the community. Projects must be completed within 6 to 12 months and be self-sustaining upon completion. The application process includes providing a detailed project description, budget, and evidence of the organization’s financial responsibility.

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