Donor: U.S. Embassy Cameroon
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 02.05.2024

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%


  • Children & Youth
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa



1) Objective 

The Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) provides small-scale assistance to Cameroonian communities as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to support development activities in Cameroon. Since 1983, the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon has funded small community projects under the SSH program in all ten regions of Cameroon. These small grants can be used for:

  • Water Supply and Sanitation: Ensures broadly accessible, reliable. and economically sustainable water and sanitation services to bolster healthy, secure, and prosperous communities.
    • Safe Water Access: Wells, boreholes, taps and distribution systems, catchments, spring capping…
    • Basic Sanitation: Toilets, sinks, etc. Innovative approaches to building demand for sanitation-related products and services are encouraged.
  • Social Services
    • Education and Training: Construction and/or equipment of classrooms, vocational training workshops/centers
    • Health: Construction and/or equipment of health facilities.
    • Community Development: Foot bridges, community centers, solar energy, etc.
  • Income Generating Activities: Food storage facilities, grinding mills, vocational training activities that produce employment and marketable skills.
  • Environment/Agriculture: Financial or technical support for reforestation and soil conservation including post-conflict or post-disaster settings, waste management, biodiversity conservation, community agricultural projects.

2) Eligibility 

Applications from all sectors are encouraged: committed and organised civil-society organisations, private sector companies, think tanks, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, and individuals.

3) Location 

Actions must take place in Cameroon.

4) Budget 

The maximum support available for most projects is USD 10,000 (or about five million francs CFA).

5) Application 

Annual application deadline is 2 May. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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