U.S. Government Awards Grants for the Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program

U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac with the grantees of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program

On September 24, U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac presided over the award signing ceremony for the final grantees of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program.  The event, held at the American Center in Kampala, recognized and congratulated the winners of this year’s Self-Help Program.

Launched in 1964 in Togo, the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program is a unique mechanism that enables U.S. embassies around the world to support small-scale community-based initiatives that promote self-reliance, foster development, and promise an immediate and dramatic effect on local communities.  The Self-Help Program is a direct reflection of the U.S. government’s commitment to helping improve the lives of the average Ugandans.  This year’s final grantees have projects focused in the following areas: Economic Growth (3); Environmental Protection and Economic Growth (2); Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (2); and Education (1).  The total funding awarded to the grantees was $68,000.

Each year, the Embassy’s Small Grants Office publishes a Notice of Opportunity of Funding (NOFO) for the Self-Help Program.  We welcome applications from NGOs and CSOs in Uganda who focus on community capacity building projects.  The NOFO is usually published in April or May.  Please monitor the Embassy’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter page for updates about the program.