Grant Programs


Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (DOCX 54 KB) and Guidelines (PDF 176 KB) before filling out the Application Form (PDF 286 KB)

What is the Self-Help Program?

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program allows the U.S. Embassy to help communities improve their basic economic or social conditions. The program is designed to support small-scale activities that benefit an entire community. The focus will be on projects that assist disadvantaged or marginalized groups. The size of the grants usually ranges from approximately N$60,000 to N$250,000. There is no minimum amount for funding. The U.S. Embassy makes every effort to fund qualified projects from across Namibia’s 14 regions. Applications are received throughout the year, but applications must be received by May 1 for each annual funding cycle. Funding decisions are usually made around July. Funding for selected projects is usually available in September.

What kinds of projects does Self-Help support?

Some of our past Self-Help projects have included training women, youth, and school dropouts to be computer literate, and purchasing solar powered water pumps to make fresh potable water available to villagers. We have done multiple garden projects, where beneficiaries have been able to generate income to support themselves and improve their livelihoods. We have funded projects that assist people with disabilities, projects teaching technical skills such as understanding and installing small-scale solar technology.

The U.S. Embassy will prioritize funding projects in the following sectors for disadvantaged or marginalized groups:

  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Measures: Projects could include physical upgrades such as predator-resistance kraals or electric fencing.
  • Renewable Energy: Projects could include items such as solar panels or small wind turbines.
  • Drought Mitigation: Projects could create irrigation or water supply systems in rural communities.
  • Food Security: Projects could include gardens or hydroponics projects.

 Projects should: 

  • Be initiated by the community.
  • Quickly improve basic economic or social conditions in the local community.
  • Benefit the highest possible number of people.
  • Not require additional funding assistance at the end of one year.
  • Involve a significant community contribution in cash, labor, or materials.
  • Involve community members who can operate and maintain the project on their own after Self-Help assistance ends.
  • Whenever possible, projects should contribute to income-generating or self-sustaining activities, but the emphasis should be on the community benefit.

 What is not funded? 

  • Projects for the benefit of a private or for-profit company.
  • Projects from government institutions and close corporations.
  • Projects that already benefit from technical assistance programs.
  • Activities that harm the environment, including the use of pesticides/herbicides.
  • Religious, military, or law enforcement (police) activities.
  • Surveillance equipment.
  • Activities that benefit any employee of the U.S. Government.
  • Activities that might contribute to the violation of workers’ rights.
  • Refugee or human rights assistance.
  • Revolving loan funds.
  • The grants program assists only small projects. The program cannot fund projects that are large in scope, budget, or complexity.
  • Government institutions are ineligible to apply.
  • The grants program does not support one-time events or individual sponsorships or bursaries.
  • The grants program cannot contribute to school development funds or revolving loan funds.
  • The grants program does not support recreational activities.
  • The grants program may not fund projects that have already received U.S. government funding.
  • The grant does not pay for vehicles.

 Some examples of unacceptable applications include: 

  • Remodeling or renovating an existing facility that is in disrepair because of neglect or lack of money (purchasing paint to repaint a school).
  • Activities with unmitigated and negative environmental consequences, such as dams, roads through relatively pristine forest lands; activities that contribute to commercial deforestation or conversion of land-use from forest to livestock; actions that are likely to jeopardize, threaten, or endanger species and/or their habitat, and actions that are likely to degrade protected areas significantly, such as introduction of exotic plants or animals.
  • Sports equipment or uniforms for a national sports team.
  • Musical instruments or uniforms for a national orchestra or dance company.
  • Salaries
  • Ongoing needs for education/training.
  • Office supplies such as pencils, paper, forms and folders.

 How do I apply for a small grant? 

The U.S. Embassy accepts Self-Help grant applications throughout the year, but applications must be received by May 1 for each annual funding cycle. Funding decisions are usually made around July. Funding for selected projects is usually available in September.

To apply, simply complete the application form (PDF 312 KB) and e-mail it to You can also send your application by post or drop it off at the U.S. Embassy, Private Bag 12029/#14 Lossen Street, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek.

Please submit your application only once by email or through mail. For projects to be considered for funding, applicants must complete the entire application form and submit all supporting documents.

For any other questions, please contact the Embassy’s Self-Help at

The U.S. Embassy Windhoek Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State provides grant funding through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. PAS awards a limited number of grants to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and Namibia. PAS will only consider grants that have a significant American component and are geared to Namibian audiences.

The PEPFAR Small Grants Program focuses on supporting grassroots and community run projects that seek to mitigate the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS in their communities.  The program typically funds two to four projects a year, with the average grant ranging between US$20,000 and US$25,000, for the duration of one year. The total annual budget is typically around US$100,000. The funds are often used for health education for PLHIV or orphanages.

The program issues calls for proposals annually, which are usually based on that year’s Country Operational Plan (COP) themes or focus areas. The selection of grantees is done by a panel convened from across the mission. The grants for this year were focused on young girls, given the designation PEPFAR has made of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) as a vulnerable group in the response.

Call for Application

Since 2001, the U.S. government through the Department of State has provided direct small grant support to developing countries in all regions of the world for the preservation of cultural sites, cultural collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression, such as music, dance and language under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).

Project Categories: AFCP supports preservation projects in the following three categories:

1. Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site or similar institution:
This includes archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections and general museum conservation activities. Proposals in this category may involve: Conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects; Needs assessment of a collection; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections and specialized training in the care and preservation of collections.

2. Cultural Sites:
This includes (but is not limited to) restoration, archeological survey, preservation and documentation of historical buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments, and archaeological sites.

3. Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression:
This includes documentation and support for training in the preservation of traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama and crafts.

Who Can Apply:

Project proposals will be accepted from among the following:

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Museums
  • Government Ministries of Culture or similar institutions

AFCP may also support phased and pilot projects whose methods and outcomes will advance long-term cultural preservation objectives, lay the groundwork for subsequent AFCP-supported activities, or encourage the continued or expanded application of proven methods at the project site or elsewhere.

Deadline: December 11, 2019

Small grants between US $10,000 and US $200,000
Large grants between US $200,000 and US $800,000

For all enquiries including proposal requirements and format please contact the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy Windhoek at tel. +264 61 444900 or email:

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