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U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund in Malawi

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 14, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on May 30, 2021
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The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe at the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announces this NOFO for the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund.

The SSH fund was established in Malawi in 1966 to help improve the basic economic and social conditions of Malawians at the local community and village level.

Program Objectives:
a) Expand access to foundational education, with an emphasis on marginalized and vulnerable populations;
b) Create or expand educational opportunities that develop marketable job skills needed in Malawi’s private and public sectors;
c) Develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, particularly the underserved, including youth and women; and
e) Develop innovative small business endeavors.

Utilize This Offer

All citizens of Malawi representing a civilian, religious, social, community development, special interest, disability, or advocacy group or organization may request funding for a community activity.

To qualify, an applicant must be an organized, motivated group with a real need, and the proposed project must be feasible and based on the socio-economic context of the local community. In addition, an applicant must demonstrate that it has adequate internal controls and financial monitoring procedures in place, and strong ties to and support from the local community and local governmental bodies.

Expected Results:
An increase of knowledge, skills, and opportunity that will allow the community to be more self-reliant.

Award Ceiling: USD$8,000.
Award Floor: USD$3,000.

Closing Date for Applications: May 31, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 14
Apr 14

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Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 16
Apr 16

Thanks, Ana.