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U.S. Mission to Malawi announces Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund

U.S. Mission to Malawi announces Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund


Deadline: 5 July 2019

The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe has announced an open competition for organizationsto submit applications to carry out projects through the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund.

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Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000
  • Award Ceiling: $15,000
  • Award Floor: $3,000

Eligibility Criteria

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  • All citizens of Malawi representing a civilian, religious, social, community development, special interest, disability, or advocacy group or organization may request funding for a community activity. Groups must be registered with one of two authorities: the Council for NonGovernmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) or The Non-Governmental Organization Board (NGO Board).
  • To qualify, an applicant must be an organized, motivated group with a real need, and the proposed project must be feasible and based on the socio-economic context of the local community. In addition an applicant must demonstrate that it has adequate internal controls and financial monitoring procedures in place, and strong ties to and support from the local community and local governmental bodies.
  • To be eligible for funding the project must:
    • improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level, and have long-lived value;
    • benefit the greatest number of people possible (i.e., be high impact);
    • include substantial community participation in the activity (contributions may include labor, materials – bricks, sand, gravel, seeds, etc.-, land, buildings, or cash to ensure the success of the project;
    • be within the community’s ability to maintain and operate.
    • be able to be completed within twelve (12) months; and
    • be self-sustaining upon completion (the Embassy’s support for the project will be a onetime-only/one grant contribution).
    • provide evidence that the selected Project Coordinator is financially responsible and will be able to account for funds received (having a bank account is an example of such evidence).

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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