Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Ambassador’s Special-Self Help (SSH) Programme is a grass-roots grant assistance programme that allows the U.S Ambassador to support local requests for small community-based development projects. The purpose of the Special Self-Help Programme is to support communities through modest grants that will positively impact local communities. The SSH philosophy is to help communities to help themselves. Acceptable Projects are:

1. Water Supply and Sanitation:
a. Safe Water Access – Increase access to water (e.g., well drilling and spring capping); and expansion of water supply infrastructure, such as pumps and distribution systems.
b. Basic Sanitation – Increase access to and use of sanitation services for safe human waste disposal to protect human health and environmental quality.

2. Social Services:
a. Assist vulnerable and at-risk populations. These groups include: the disabled; orphans, children and youth; victims of gender-based violence; ethnic minorities or other socially excluded groups; the elderly; and female heads of household.
b. Projects for vulnerable groups could include, but are not limited to:
(i) classrooms construction
(ii) school and health centers equipment,
(iii) income-generating activities
(iv) local infrastructures

2) Eligibility

Eligible are local community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and other civil society groups, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, community development groups, and other community-based entities.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Eswatini.

4) Budget

Average SSH grants are $3,000 to $9,000 per project.

5) Application

All applications must be submitted before3 June 2022. All application details and templates can be downloaded from the given website. A full proposal / a concept note must be submitted via the online application portal.