Grant Programs

 

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 range from approximately N$60,000 to N$240,000. The U.S. Embassy makes every effort to fund qualified projects from across Namibia’s 14 regions. Applicants are encouraged to submit fully completed applications throughout the year, but funding decisions for that year are made in August/September.

What kinds of projects does Self-Help support?

Some of our past Self-Help projects have included training women, youth, and school drop-outs 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.

For 2018, 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, crocodile enclosures, electric fencing.
    • Renewable Energy: Projects could include items such as solar panels or small wind turbines.
    • Drought Mitigation: Projects could include create irrigation systems or boreholes in rural communities.
    • Food Security: Projects could include gardens or sustainable irrigation 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 that already benefit from technical assistance programs.
    • Activities that harm the environment including pesticides/herbicides.
    • Religious, military, or law enforcement (police) activities.
    • Surveillance equipment.
    • Activities which benefit any employee of the U.S. Government.
    • Activities which 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 as a result 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. Funding decisions are usually made around September. To apply, simply complete the application form here and e-mail it to whkselfhelp@state.gov. 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.

You can also request an application by mail or fax by calling the Embassy at 061-295-8596.

For any other questions, please contact the Embassy’s Self-Help at whkselfhelp@state.gov.

The U.S. Embassy Windhoek Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This annual notice of funding opportunities outlines our funding priorities and areas of interest, as well as procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please note that this notice supplements specific notices of funding opportunities that may be posted both here and on other relevant sites throughout the year.

The PAS Small Grants Program projects may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  1. JUDICIARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Programs that will work hand in hand with the Government of Namibia to improve their abilities to effectively plan and implement policies for wildlife conservation.

  1. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Programs that promote policies that incentivize the private sector to take more risk, and support small businesses and entrepreneurship.

III. ECONOMIC GROWTH

Programs related to innovation and women’s empowerment.

  1. SOCIAL ISSUES

Programs that seek to promote a better understanding of human rights and diversity and inclusion.

  1. ENGLISH TEACHING

Programs that promote teacher training in areas related to English teaching, or those that enhance English learning among Namibian youth.

  1. EDUCATION

Programs related to capacity building of linkages between American and Namibian institutions of higher learning.

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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.

  1. 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.

III. 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:

February  – small grants between US $24,000 and US $174,000
January  – large grants between US $200,000 and US $979,000

For all enquiries including proposal requirements and format please contact the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy Windhoek at tel. 061-229801 or email: PublicAffairsWindhoek@state.gov

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