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Self-Help Program
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“Ndimbal na ca fékk loxol borom”
“Help yourself, before seeking other’s help”

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is 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. The SSH program was first initiated in Togo in 1964 and had gradually developed to become one of the most visible and successful assistance programs in Africa.  The SSH philosophy is to help communities ready to help themselves.  This is why SSH Senegal has adopted the Wolof (most common spoken local language) proverb “Ndimbal na ca fékhh loxol borom” meaning “Help yourself before seeking other ’s help.

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

FY2021 Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund

U.S. Embassy in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau

Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Title: Senegal and Guinea-Bissau Ambassador’s Special Self-
Help Fund – Small Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: SSH-DKR-NOFO-FY21-01
Deadline for Applications: Annual Program Statements
CFDA Number: 19.220 – Ambassador’s Special Self- Help Fund
Funding Amount: $60,000 for Senegal
Funding Amount: $40,000 for Guinea Bissau
Maximum for Each Award: $10,000
E-mail: SelfHelpS@state.gov

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar and the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce
an open competition for registered NGOs and associations interested in submitting
applications to carry out projects through the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH)
Small Grants Program. Project activities must take place in Senegal and/or Guinea Bissau.
The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program provides small grants to assist community
development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions in local
communities across Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. The program aims to encourage self-
reliance within local communities by providing some of the resources they need to a
good idea into action. Successful applicants often make a significant contribution to the
project in the form of labor, land, materials, or money. Eligibility is restricted to local
NGOs, community associations, and cooperatives. Funding will be distributed, pending
Congressional Funding Approval, no later than September 30th. Grants generally range
from $3,000 to $10,000 U.S. dollars and must be completed within one year.

Enclosed: Ambassador’s Special Self- Help Fund (PDF 35Kb)

Application should be sent to:

Special Self-Help Coordinator
U.S. Embassy, Dakar
Route des Almadies
B.P. 49, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: 221-33.8794668 (direct line)
Tel: 221-33.8794000 (standard)
Fax: 221-33.879.4100
E-mail: SelfHelpS@state.gov