The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program (SSH):
SSH provides economic opportunities to communities, cooperatives, and village-based associations who aspire to undertake projects in small business, agriculture, health, education, and social sectors, but lack the means to fund their projects in their entirety. The projects that this program supports are frequently untouched by traditional assistance flows. SSH projects are designed to be self-supporting or income generating.


This fund supports projects that assist refugees or returnees. Similar to SSH, these projects could range from income generating activities to capacity building programs. The fund fills gaps in ongoing refugee or returnee programs that can be filled locally through projects of up to $25,000.
SSH and JTF support proposals related to the following activities:
• Income generation: for example, gardening, community slaughterhouses, cooperative chicken farming, sewing services
• Water and sanitation: for example, construction of community wells, dikes, school and water systems.
• Health or education materials: for example, purchase of tables, desks, small equipment, supplies, books and bookshelves for a library, construction of latrines, and schools.
• Equipment for a small business: for example, a weaving or sewing machine, a machine to grind millet or henna, or tools to support a trade.
• Miscellaneous equipment: for example, an oven or refrigerator for a school or a clinic.

Registered cooperative/organizations, associations are eligible to apply to SSH and JTF funding when available.

Upon availability of funding, PGO will post a call for proposals on the U.S. Embassy website at under the Grants section. Interested organizations may also send their own drafted projects provided that all required SSH and JTF criteria and information are integrated in the submitted proposals. SSH and JTF guidelines and information will be posted in the call for proposals.

Applicants should submit a thorough proposal that builds upon the following critical aspects of project design:

• Objectives, impacts and key activities
• Implementation strategy
• Monitoring mechanisms
• Itemized budget