US Mission Ambassador Special Self Help ASSH Grant Program 2024 For Nigerians

US Mission Ambassador Special Self Help ASSH Grant Program 2024 For Nigerians

If you are a Nigerian, you will be happy to know that the US Mission Nigeria has announced they are accepting applications for the 2024 Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (ASSH) Grant program that aims to improve living conditions in communities through small-scale interventions.

The Ambassador’s Special Self Help (ASSH) program is a grassroots 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.

Project Requirements For US Mission Ambassador Special Self Help ASSH Grant

To meet the following criteria to be eligible for consideration, projects must:

  • Help improve basic economic or social conditions on a small community scale and has a long‐term value.
  • Have high impact, benefit a significant number of community members and have a high beneficiary to budget ratio.
  • Be initiated by the community, demonstrate strong community involvement and participation.
  • Be feasible and based on the socio‐economic context of the community.
  • Include a community contribution of 10% or more of the total cost of the project. This may be in cash or in kind, such as volunteer time and labor, food, accommodation costs, donated land, transportation costs, equipment, and materials.
  • Aim to be completed within 6 – 12 months and be self‐sustaining upon completion. The project plan contains pre‐established long‐term goals and a coherent plan to keep the project running in the future.
  • Identify a real need, demonstrate that benefitting community can maintain and operate the project as evidenced by implementing prior successful projects.
  • Show that applicant organization is financially responsible as evidenced by a bank account in its name.
  • Illustrate strong coordination and communication among the applicant, local leaders, and local government representatives.
  • Be submitted by an organized group that is motivated and a capable project manager who is a long‐term resident in the community is responsible for the project.
  • Not request U.S. contribution amount above $7,000.
  • Have a project budget that is clear, complete, and well defined, and includes only items permanent in nature or technical assistance necessary for the completion of project.

Application Deadline

May 31, 2024.

How to Apply For US Mission Ambassador Special Self Help ASSH Grant Program 2024

Are you developing projects that have immediate impact on your community? If yes, then apply for a ASSH grant now. The application instructions are described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) via this link

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the review process for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program?

A Grants Review Committee will evaluate each eligible application’s merit against the criteria listed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the program.

How can I partner with you on the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help-Program?

The program is managed internally, and we don’t offer paid or volunteer partnerships

My organization is not based in Nigeria. Can I apply for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help grant in Nigeria?

Only organizations legally registered in Nigeria are eligible to apply. Check the website of the U.S. Embassy in your country to find information about programs available locally

I am an individual with an idea for a community project. Is the Ambassador’s Special SelfHelp grant for me?

The program accepts applications from established groups. We encourage you to work with such a group in your community to submit a proposal. The program does not allow funding of individuals.

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