Notice of Funding Opportunity – U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (SSH)

DEPARTMENT OF STATE – U.S. EMBASSY MAPUTO

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Funding Opportunity Number: SMZ-500-FY19-01

U.S. AMBASSADOR’S SPECIAL SELF-HELP FUND (SSH)

COMPLETED PROPOSALS

SHOULD BE SENT TO:

Email:

Maputopoleconssh@state.gov

Fax: 21 49 0114

 

  

OR HAND-DELIVER TO:

193, Kenneth Kaunda Avenue  

P.O. BOX 783 Maputo

U.S. Embassy

 

FOR ASSISTANCE PLEASE CONTACT THE U.S EMBASSY COMMUNITY GRANTS OFFICE THROUGH:

PHONE: 21492797 Ext: 3012

 

 

THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS:

JUNE 15, 2019

Maputo, April 15, 2019

The Embassy of the United States of America welcomes the submission of proposals for funding under the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund. The SSH Fund assists Mozambican community organizations and groups to develop lasting, self-sustaining projects that benefit entire communities.

AWARD INFORMATION
Length of performance period: 06 to 12 months;

Number of awards anticipated: Five awards (depending on amounts);

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000;

Total available funding: $50,000;

Type of Funding: FY2018 Economic Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act;

Anticipated program start date: September 2019.

ELIGIBILITY

SSH grants are intended to support local community organizations that are serving a grassroots need through projects that are community generated and implemented and include significant community contribution in cash, labor or materials.

Organizations must be nonprofit.

Funding request must range in cost from $1,000 to $10,000.

The Organization must be legally registered.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Projects should:

·         Foster community self-reliance.

·         Have community participation and contribution — volunteer time and labor, donated land, equipment and materials – and the U.S. contribution must be on a one-time basis only.

·         Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level.

·         Be viable and sustainable in terms of finance, personnel support, necessary expertise and services.

·         Respect environmental norms for small projects.  The proposed activity will not adversely affect protected or other sensitive environmental areas nor jeopardize threatened and endangered species and their habitat.

·         Not exceed twelve months.                                     

UNALLOWABLE ACTIVITIES

·         Religious, military, or law enforcement activities;

·         Activities with unmitigated and negative environmental consequences (such as dams or roads through forest lands);

·         Procurement of vehicles;

·         Activities that benefit any employee of the USG;

·         Activities related to human rights;

·         Procurement of pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.

·         Provision of capital to beneficiaries through either loans or grants

 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

·         Applications may be submitted in English or Portuguese;

·         A copy of the organization’s registration should be included with the proposal;

·         The proposal must not exceed 5 pages (Times New Roman, font 12 and single line spacing), and must include the following information:

·         Summary page;

·         Name of the organization or group, address and target group;

·         Proposal summary;

·         Problem Statement;

·         Project objectives and activities;

·         Project location;

·         Work plan for implementation of activities;

·         Monitoring and reporting plan;

·         Detailed budget;

·         Program Partners;

·         Future Funding or Sustainability;

·         Brief description of key personnel