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Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program


The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program (SSHP) is currently accepting applications.

The SSHP is a grassroots grant assistance program that funds grants for small development activities that generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts which fall outside the structure of other established U.S. assistance projects. The program is intended to be flexible and allow the Ambassador to respond directly to requests from local communities for assistance with projects that have immediate impact, and further Mission priorities. Equally important, the Special Self-Help program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future.

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program FY2022 (Closed August 20, 2023)

U.S. Embassy Malabo announces an open competition for the Ambassador’s Self Help Fund, which funds individuals and organizations interested in implementing projects that are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community contributions in cash, labor, or materials. This program supports small, sustainable community-based initiatives that have immediate and dramatic impact on the local community. The purpose of the program is to support different types of projects: from development projects that aid employment and help communities develop marketable skills (such as village craft centers, agricultural cooperatives, etc.), to projects that address concerns such as women’s empowerment and the environment. The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program project supports small-scale community-based initiatives that promote self-reliance, foster development, and promise an immediate and dramatic effect on local communities.

Click here for more information on the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program FY2022.