Embassy Small Grants Programs
The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund
The Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) provides small-scale assistance to Cameroonian communities as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to support development activities in Cameroon. Since 1983, the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon has funded small community projects under this program in all ten regions of Cameroon. The maximum support available for most projects is USD 10,000 (or about 4.5 million francs CFA).
The U.S. Democracy and Human Rights Fund
The purpose of the Democracy and Human Rights Fund (DHRF) is to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote respect for human rights in Cameroon. The DHRF provides assistance to Cameroonian organizations that seek to implement short-term, highly targeted activities designed to show measurable results. For more than twenty years, DHRF funding has supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon. Typical DHRF grants are approximately USD 10,000 (or about 4.5 million francs CFA); they may not exceed USD 25,000 (or about 11.25 million francs CFA). A single group may not apply for or more than one grant in a given funding period. Organizations that have successfully partnered with development agencies in the past and that can provide audited financial statements will be more competitive for this program and stand a greater chance of receiving DHRF funding.
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program provides one-time small grants to Cameroonian community-based organizations as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to fund HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support activities. Under this program, projects must originate in the community, and the community must make significant contributions to the success and sustainability of the project achievements. The maximum support available for most projects is USD $50,000 (for groups with the proven capacity to manage a budget of this amount.) A single community/group cannot receive more than one grant in a given funding year.
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Public Affairs Small Grants Program
The purpose of Public Affairs small grants is to support educational and cultural projects that build capacity among youth, women, civil society, and the media by drawing on a better understanding of American society, culture, and values. The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, private sector companies, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals. Requests are accepted at any time and grants of $1,000 – 5,000 are awarded subject to the availability of funds. While co-sponsor funding is not required, it adds to the likelihood that a project will be selected.
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