Special Self-Help Fund

Self Help
Ambassador Richard Bell with Self Help recipients

The United States Embassy provides grants under the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund (SSH) to non- governmental organizations, schools, community associations, and other local groups that directly benefit and improve the quality of life for citizens and their communities in Côte d’Ivoire. This program, which began in Togo in 1964, allows U.S. Ambassadors to respond directly to requests from communities for small-scale, quick-impact, community-based development projects.

Grants typically range from $5,000 to $11,000. U.S. financial contributions supplement community group’s own contributions of money, material, and time. Since the program began in Côte d’Ivoire in 1982, the U.S. Embassy has provided  about $ 3,000,000 of assistance to a diverse range of rural and urban communities in Côte d’Ivoire.

Over the years, the Self-Help Program in Côte d’Ivoire has included a diverse range of projects that demonstrated community commitment and willingness to make a change. The program has supported projects that cover different areas of activity from improved access to potable water to vocational and educational trainings, from health and nutrition to agricultural and nature improvement projects. The Self-Help Program in Côte d’Ivoire has improved the lives and livelihoods of communities throughout the country.

Any organization or community group may request funding for a public utility or community activity. Successful projects are designed to improve basic economic, social, and environmental conditions at the community level.

In order to submit your applications please follow the instructions in the Annual Program Statement (PDF 129 KB). Applications are accepted throughout the year. In order to be considered for next year’s funding please submit your applications by January 31, 2020.

The application should be sent by email to SSHAbidjan@state.gov, or dropped at:

U.S. Embassy Abidjan – Cote d’Ivoire
Cocody Riviéra Golf
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

If you have questions, please contact us:
Tel: (225) 22 49 46 75; Ext: 4675
E-mail: SSHAbidjan@state.gov