Donor: U.S. Mission to Zimbabwe
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: 004-2022
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 16.01.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 8.000$
Total available budget: 65.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 15.000$
Funding ratio: Co-funding required


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

Project Locations

  1. Africa



1) Objective

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program awards grants to registered non-governmental, non-profit, community-based organizations to implement short-term (12-month), small-scale (between $8,000 and $15,000) development projects that include significant community involvement. Each project is expected to:

  • (1) improve basic economic or social conditions at the community or village level;
  • (2) support high-impact, quick-implementation activities that benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further SSH assistance;
  • (3) involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain;
  • (4) be in direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community (the local sponsors of the project, who will also be its prime beneficiaries);
  • and (5) not initiate, continue, or supplement technical assistance programs.

The Ambassador’s SSH Fund focuses on community-initiated income generating projects. These projects can support access to healthy food, natural resource management, wildlife conservation, water/sanitation initiatives, and other community projects. Examples of previous projects are: Grinding mills, carpentry, weaving, boreholes, drip irrigation, water storage, fish farming, chicken rearing, and market gardens.

2) Eligibility

The applicant must be a Zimbabwe registered non-governmental, non-profit, or community-based organization. Registered trusts, associations, schools, churches, etc. meet this eligibility requirement. Individuals, businesses, and government entities do NOT qualify. All applications must include and identify a significant community contribution (cash, labor, and/or materials). The beneficiary members must be Zimbabwean citizens. Applicants must display sound management in the form of financial and administrative procedures that protect against fraud, waste, and abuse.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Zimbabwe.

4) Budget

All applications must include a significant community contribution (cash, labor, or materials). Grants are ranging from $8,000-$15,000. Total budget available is $65,000.

5) Application

The application deadline is 16 January 2023.

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