Self-help grants help community groups with development projects
On November 23, Deputy Chef de Mission (DCM) Joel Maybury joined seven organization leaders to sign special self-help grants. These small grants will help each organization carry out ongoing projects that promote self-reliance and community well-being.
The seven organizations that receive the grants focus on a variety of areas important to community development. Greenvision Liberia from Bong County is completing a cassava processing plant, while Germinate Every Mind and Family Line Foundation International, both from Margibi County, as well as the Ayangone Agricultural Initiative from Bomi County are purchasing agricultural equipment for support single-parent and female-led farms. From Montserrado County, the Environmental Rescue Initiative is setting up a recycling and composting center, and Vision Verte Liberia is building a public latrine in the New George and Caldwell market area. Finally, the social welfare institution Caring for Tomorrow Generation in Grand Bassa County is using its grant to purchase building materials for a school dormitory for underprivileged students.
The Ambassador’s Self-Help Special Fund (SSH) is a grassroots assistance program that began in Togo in 1964 as an experimental and modest self-help program, but has grown considerably. developed since. Today, this fund allows the Ambassador to respond directly to community requests for small-scale community development projects that promise to have immediate impact. These grants are specifically intended for development projects, and the one-time grant must include a matching contribution from the beneficiary. When evaluating applications, the Embassy examines the sustainability of the project, its impact on the immediate community, its ability to be completed in one year, and the recipient’s ability to implement their proposal and justify the funding provided.
DCM Maybury spoke about his own experience managing small grants at the signing ceremony. He noted that they have the greatest impact when organizations are locally focused and have a strong sustainability plan, just like those receiving this year’s grants.
More information on the Ambassador Self-Help Special Fund program is available here: https://lr.usembassy.gov/education-culture/funding-opportunities/.