U.S. Embassy in Guinea: Special Self-Help Fund
The United States Embassy provides grants under the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund (SSH) to non-governmental organizations, schools, community associations, and other local groups that directly benefit and improve the quality of life for citizens and their communities in Guinea.
This program, which began in Togo in 1964, allows U.S. Ambassadors to respond directly to requests from communities for small-scale, quick-impact, community-based development projects.
The program is designed to improve basic economic and social conditions in local communities and support high impact, quick implementation activities that benefit a large number of people. Participating communities provide a significant contribution in cash, labor, and materials.
U.S. Embassy Community Small Grants Program projects include, but are not limited to:
Small construction projects, including school rooms, community centers, health facilities, foot bridges, housing for a government or community-paid nurses or teachers, workshops, community abattoirs, grain storage, rural airstrips for hospitals, and school dormitories for distant students.
Water-related projects – wells, latrines, pumps, bore holes, shower stalls and sinks and fishponds.
School equipment and supplies – desks, chairs, laboratory equipment and library items.
Communal construction equipment such as brick-making machines.
Miscellaneous durable goods – stoves or refrigerators for a school or hospital or washing
machines for a clinic.
Income generating equipment – weaving looms, tools for furniture making, rice-milling machines.
Grants typically range from $5,000 to $10,000. U.S. financial contributions supplement the community group’s own contributions of money, material, and time. Since the program began in Guinea, the U.S. Embassy has provided assistance to a diverse range of rural and urban communities throughout Guinea.
Length of performance period: 3 to 12 months
Number of awards anticipated: 7 awards (dependent on amounts)
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000
Total available funding: $70,000
Participants and Audiences
Embassy Conakry is soliciting proposals for small grants from non-governmental organizations, community groups, village associations, women’s groups, or any other group that can show that they are a recognized group or entity and have a bank account in the name of the group.
Any organization or community group may request funding for a public utility or community activity. Successful projects are designed to improve basic economic, social, and environmental conditions at the community level.
For more information, visit https://gn.usembassy.gov/special-self-help-fund/