le 23/11/2021

US Embassy in Harare – Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program

The U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. Embassy in Harare, announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a small, community-based development program.

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Program awards grants to registered non-governmental, non-profit, community-based organizations to implement short-term (12-month), small-scale development projects that include significant community involvement.

Priority consideration is given to income generating projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level.

Specific program descriptions :

The SSH Program in Zimbabwe has several funding sources, each with a specific mandate.  When applying for funding, clearly identify which fund you are applying to.

The Ambassador’s SSH Fund focuses on community-initiated income generating projects.  These projects can support access to healthy food, natural resource management, wildlife conservation, water/sanitation initiatives, and other community projects.

  • Examples of previous projects: Grinding mills, carpentry, weaving, boreholes, drip irrigation, water storage, fish farming, chicken rearing, and market gardens.

Eligible Applicants

  • The applicant must be a Zimbabwe registered non-governmental, non-profit, or community-based organization.
    • Registered trusts, associations, schools, churches, etc. meet this eligibility requirement.
    • Individuals, businesses, and government entities do NOT
  • All applications must include and identify a significant community contribution (cash, labor, and/or materials).
  • The beneficiary members must be Zimbabwean citizens.
  • Applicants must display sound management in the form of financial and administrative procedures that protect against fraud, waste, and abuse.


Deadline for Applications : January 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Funding : $2,500 – $8,000

Further information

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