Ambassador's Self Help Fund
If you have a good idea how to improve life in your community, the U.S. Embassy may be able to help! Since 2000, the U.S. Embassy has granted over 1.7 million US dollars, or approximately 14 million Pula, to support community-based projects throughout Botswana.
The Ambassador's Special Self-Help Fund provides grants to assist small-scale community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level. The objective is to encourage self-reliance within local communities, and to demonstrate the U.S. Government's interest in the welfare and social development of Botswana. Projects must include significant community contribution and/or involvement and lead to ongoing, self-sustaining activities.
What issue would you like to address in your community? There are many worthy causes and although we wish we could fund all projects, unfortunately we can’t. Preference for Self-Help Funding is given to projects focused aligned with one or more U.S. Embassy priority:
- Community-based natural resource management
- Economic diversification, including small business creation and income generation
- Social services to assist vulnerable or at-risk populations
- Youth development
Interested in applying? Here are a few things you should know:
- Individuals, businesses and government entities do not qualify. Applicants must be non-governmental, non-profit or community-based organizations active for at least one year.
- Self-help funding cannot pay for operating costs, salaries, training, vehicles or computers.
- The maximum grant amount is $25,000, but typically ranges from $5,000 to $15,000.
- Grantees must complete their projects within 12 months of signing the agreement.
- Applications are accepted year-round, and funding is generally distributed May through August of each year.
- Applicants must provide a plan describing how they will accomplish the project. Successful applicants are required to document their work and submit receipts for grant-funded purchases.
Recipient organizations must demonstrate their commitment by either contributing to the project financially, or providing labor or supplies to carry out the project.
READY TO APPLY?
Ready to apply? Please read and complete the Self-Help Application Form (WORD 254 kb).
SELF HELP FUND CONTACTS
Do you have questions or want to submit an application? Please contact us at:
U.S. Embassy GaboroneEMAIL: SSHBotswana@state.gov
P.O. Box 90
SELF-HELP PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
Looking for inspiration? Want to learn more about the projects we support? Here are just a few examples of the projects we have funded.
Mogobane Disabled Persons’ Committee: Assisting Disabled Committee to Improve Their Livelihoods
Bobonong Community Home Based Care Trust: Poultry and Garden ExpansionTutume Baptist Day Care and Counseling Center: Classrooms, Restrooms and a Shaded Playground