Donor: U.S. Embassy Democratic Republic of the Congo
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: DOS-COD-SSHF-FY22-001
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 08.08.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 5.000$
Total available budget: 50.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 16.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Disability
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Democratic Republic of the Congo


1) Objective

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa and the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications to carry out projects through the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Small Grants Program.

The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program provides small grants to assist community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions in local communities across the Democratic Republic of Congo. The program aims to address development challenges via targeted, small-scale goals that encourage self-reliance within local communities. Selected projects must have strong community involvement with a substantial community benefit that is self-sustaining and ongoing. Projects to support vulnerable populations, including women, people living with disabilities, victims of gender-based violence, orphans and homeless children, etc., are particularly desirable.

SH funds are meant for activities that are community driven and serve the community at large where they are being funded. The most successful project proposals will target health, education, and development challenges and will:

· Demonstrate a clear, ongoing benefit to the local community;
· Include a significant contribution from the community in the form of labor, land, materials, or money;
· Be within the local community’s ability to manage and maintain on a sustainable basis;
· Have a net-positive impact on the local environment;
· Respect human rights, including disability rights and gender equality.

2) Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to local NGOs, community associations, and cooperatives.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

4) Budget

Funding will be distributed pending congressional funding approval no later than September 30th. The maximum grant award will be $16,000 and grants must be completed within one year.

5) Application

The application deadline is 8 August 2023. All application materials must be sent via email.

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