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Senegal & Guinea Bissau: Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted January 23, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on February 26, 2021
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The U.S. Embassy in Senegal is pleased to announce the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program – a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to local requests for small community-based development projects.

The purpose of the Special Self-Help Program is to support communities through modest grants that would positively impact on communities.

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SSH provides small grants to assist community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions in local communities across Senegal and Guinea Bissau.

Projects includr but are not limited to:
1. Small construction projects (less than 10,000 sq. ft.) benefiting a school or health center;
2. Community building renovations;
3. Water-related projects: wells; latrines; pumps; and, bore holes;
4. School equipment and supplies: desks; chairs; laboratory equipment; and, library items;
5. Communal construction equipment such as a brick-making machine;
6. Income generating equipment: weaving looms; tools for furniture making; a rice-milling machine.

Projects should result in durable, visible improvements that improve the lives of the community, engender goodwill, and generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the next round of funding for the Ambassador’s Self-Help Program are encouraged to submit their application by Friday, February 27, 2021 at 13:00.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jan 23
Jan 23

Friendly reminders:
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2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the project and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
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e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse and its website.

Jill Langhus
Jan 25
Jan 25

Thanks, Ana.