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Self Help Program

The Ambassador's Special Self Help Program

The Embassy of the United States in Port Louis invites proposals from non-governmental organizations, schools, community groups, health and environmental associations and others for the 2013 Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program in Seychelles.

The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program is a grassroots assistance program that responds to requests for financial assistance from small community based projects. The Self-Help Program promotes self-reliance through community action and strives to support projects that impact entire communities, through direct or indirect benefits. Groups that demonstrate a commitment to their communities and involve the community are the most successful in sustaining projects. The primary objective is to help people help themselves. 

How much are the grants?

No less than SRs3000 and no more than SRs50,000.

Who is eligible? 

Applications are invited from non-government organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations or parent-teachers associations (PTA) of primary schools, secondary schools, co-operative societies and other charitable institutions based in Seychelles.

How to apply?

The proposal should be prepared using the Project Application Form.  Forms are also available from the U.S. Embassy office, 4th Floor, Rogers House, Port Louis, telephone: (230) 202 4400. 

Submissions, addressed to the Ambassador Self-Help Program, U.S. Embassy, 4th Floor Rogers House, Port Louis, should be made by post, fax (230-208-9534), email (usembass@intnet.mu ) or hand delivered to the U.S. Embassy Office by the deadline for submission. Late entries will not be considered.

Self Help activities should:

  • Improve basic economic and social conditions at the grassroots level;
  • Aid the HIV/AIDS-inflicted or conduct sensitization/awareness and prevention campaigns and projects;
  • Address global issues such as women's empowerment and the environment;
  • Provide a firm foundation for democratic processes to take root;
  • Be welcomed and supported by the local community;
  • Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further SSH assistance;
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain;
  • Are in direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community (the local sponsors of the project, who will also be its prime beneficiaries); and
  • Be able to implement the activity within the one-year agreement period.

The Ambassador's Special Self Help Program cannot fund:

  • Projects which  replace or supplement activities normally supplied by the host government, e.g. building classroom blocks for a government school, providing supplies for a district hospital, etc.;
  • Start-up costs;
  • On-going administrative or operating costs, such as salaries and rent;
  • Purchasing vehicles, used equipment and land;
  • Construction or renovations;
  • More than one project for any organization; and
  • Projects involving the military, purely religious or political projects, or surveillance equipment.

Projects which are not clearly identified or described will be rejected.

Responses to queries during proposal development:

Proponents may approach the Bilateral Office (Telephone #: (230) 202-4400) for any general queries.