Donor: U.S. Embassy Mali
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 10.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Animal Welfare
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation

Project Locations

  1. Africa



1) Objective

The Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund was established in Malawi in 1966 as a way to address urgent development needs at the community level. The Self-Help Fund of United States Embassy in Bamako provides assistance for small projects. The request for assistance must come from local communities, in collaboration with the local development committee or local institutions and/or agencies in charge of development activities such as a local NGO or Peace Corps Volunteers in the field. The Self-Help Fund, in consideration of the local priorities for development, is currently used for the financing of projects which contribute to socio-economic development in general, and agro-pastoral development in particular.

Priority sectors are: (1) Water Resources Development: Large diameter wells, Small dams and dams for retaining water, Small irrigation systems; (2) Agro-pastoral Development: Small farming projects, Small forestry projects, Small fish-raising projects, Small animal-raising projects; (3) Collective Equipment: Mills or cereal threshers, Health centers or village maternities, Literacy centers or schools, Nursery schools.

2) Eligibility

Any community group or association may request Self-Help assistance, either directly or via a credible NGO or a Peace Corps Volunteer.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Malawi.

4) Budget

Individual grants typically range from $2,000 to $10,000.

5) Application

Applicants are requested to send their application to: The Self-Help Fund Embassy of the United States of America, B.P. 34, Bamako, Mali. The project selection committee usually meets once a year (in April).

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