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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).

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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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Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees. Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees supports projects that fill gaps in refugee service not already being addressed by other organizations. The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need of no more than $25,000 and cannot support a program for more than one year. Successful programs are those that can be implemented locally and that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

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Secretary’s Full Participation Fund: Building a National Women’s Caucus

The goal of the program is to lift women’s voices in civic leadership.  The funding will support a three-region training, led by an American non-profit organization, for all 106 leading female Cameroonian leaders in office, including 21 Senators, 56 Deputies in the National Assembly, 29 Mayors, Ministers and Women’s Non-Profit civic organizations.

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