Special Self-Help Fund

About the Fund

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 $15,000. 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 $ 2,864,291 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.

An example of a successful program is a project the Embassy funded in 2014 in Adiapoto II, Songon. The SSH program provided $14, 063 for the digging of a well and installation of a pump in order to bring clean water to the village. The village community contributed unskilled labor and some construction materials to the project. This project was successfully completed thanks to the perseverance and involvement of the villagers.

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.

group of people (Dept of State)
Group photo of Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew Haviland with Self-Help Grant Recipients in Adiapoto II (Dept of State)

In order to submit your application (PDF 285 KB) please follow the instructions (PDF 298 KB) in the links bellow. Applications are accepted throughout the year. In order to be considered for next year’s funding please submit your applications by November 2018.

Please send us an email in case you want the application in Word format

The application should be sent to:

Special Self-Help Coordinator
U.S. Embassy Abidjan
BP 730 Abidjan Cidex 03
Republic of Cote d’Ivoire

Tel: (225) 22 49 43 58; Ext: 4358
E-mail: SSHAbidjan@state.gov