Small Grants Program

The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund

The Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) provides small-scale assistance to Cameroonian communities as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to support development activities in Cameroon. Since 1983, the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon has funded small community projects under this program in all ten regions of Cameroon. The maximum support available for most projects is USD 10,000 (or about 5 million francs CFA). Read more about it below.

The Democracy and Human Rights Fund

The purpose of the Democracy and Human Rights Fund (DHRF) is to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote respect for human rights in Cameroon.  The DHRF provides assistance to Cameroonian organizations that seek to implement short-term, highly targeted activities designed to show measurable results.  For more than twenty years, DHRF funding has supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon.  Read more about it below.

Public Affairs Small Grants Program

The purpose of Public Affairs small grants is to support educational and cultural projects that build capacity among youth, women, civil society, and the media by drawing on a better understanding of American society, culture, and values. The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, private sector companies, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals. Requests are accepted at any time and grants of $1,000 – 5,000 are awarded subject to the availability of funds. While co-sponsor funding is not required, it adds to the likelihood that a project will be selected. Read more about it below.

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees. Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees supports projects that fill gaps in refugee service not already being addressed by other organizations. The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need of no more than $25,000 and cannot support a program for more than one year. Successful programs are those that can be implemented locally and that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Read more about it below.

The Health and Development Challenges Pilot Program (HDCPP) – Funding opportunity #: AFYDE-HDCPP-GR-POLECON-2017

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde-Cameroon, Political and Economic Section is seeking proposals for innovative projects that address critical health and development challenges in Cameroon under its Health and Development Challenges Pilot Program (HDCPP). HDCPP is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Operations through the Global Health Programs. The purpose is to strengthen the quality basic health services of health facilities in rural areas of Cameroon and contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other diseases. We will only consider projects that will benefit primarily Integrated Health Centers (CSI), Medicalized Health Centers (CMA) and District Hospitals all over 10 regions of Cameroon. Consideration may be given to faith-based health facilities located in areas where there is none of the above mentioned health facilities. Proposals should address maternity and laboratory equipment, and HIV/AIDS and ANC related activities. The maximum support available for each project is USD 25,000. Read more about it below.

Introduction

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde-Cameroon, Political and Economic Section, is seeking proposals for projects that address challenges in providing community based prevention, care, and treatment services to infants, children and adolescents infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The objective is to support an increase in the number of children testing for HIV, linking those diagnosed HIV-positive to treatment, and ensuring that they stay on treatment. Additionally, recipient organizations would be engaged in encouraging and supporting retention for mothers and children enrolled in ART in order to achieve viral suppression, strengthening parent/caregiver capacity to advocate for infants, children, and adolescents with HIV, as well as supporting adolescents transitioning to adult HIV programs. We will only consider supporting projects that will be implemented in one or more of the following Health Districts in Yaounde and Douala: Deido, Cité des Palmiers, Bonassama, Logbaba, Mbangue, New Bell, Nylon, Djoungolo, Nkolndongo, Biyem Assi, Cité Verte and Efoulan.

Basic Project Requirements

  • Budgets cannot exceed $20,000;
  • Initiated, operated, and maintained by the local community;
  • Benefits a large number of people through high-impact, quickly implemented activities;
  • Related to providing community based prevention, care, and treatment services to infants, children and adolescents infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, including awareness raising and training and case identification;
  • Completed within one year without requiring further PEPFAR assistance.

Project Categories and Acceptable Activities and Items

  • Basic Education/Training and Awareness Raising: Promoting behavior change communications (BCC) and healthy practices through programs or workshops in the areas of:
    • Food and Nutrition;
    • Safe Infant Feeding and Weaning;
    • Parent/Caregiver education and training (e.g. positive parenting);
    • Communication with and support of an HIV positive child
    • HIV/AIDs prevention and care;
    • Care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); or
    • Legal aid and psychosocial support.
  • Social Services: Improving the life and living conditions of targeted populations including People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and orphans and vulnerable children.

Projects under this category could include but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening the capacity of families and communities to provide care, support, and protection for orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Removing barriers to enable the full participation of vulnerable people in supportive communities. Activities could include community advocacy and family strengthening;
  • Support for adolescents transitioning to adult HIV programs;
  • Life skills development programs for adolescents living with HIV; and
  • Strengthening parent/caregiver capacity to advocate for infants, children, and adolescents with HIV

Unacceptable Activities and Items

  • Projects that benefit a private, family, or individual business;
  • Payment of recurring operating costs such as rent, salaries, administrative costs, ongoing training/education needs, medications;
  • Religious, political, or military activities, as well as those relating to police, prisons, or law enforcement.
  • Revolving credit schemes;
  • Office equipment and supplies such as computers, film projectors, stereos, pencils, paper, forms, folders, etc.
  • Land or buildings;
  • Vehicles, luxury goods, gambling, or surveillance equipment.

Selection and Award Process

The program is highly competitive and only the best applications shall be considered for funding. If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant and verify the information.  The selection committee will base its decision on the potential impact, feasibility, and financial soundness of the proposed activity.  The committee will consider the track record of the organization proposing the activity as well as its contribution to the project.

Selection Timeline

Application deadline:    April 25, 2018.

Selection period:           April – May, 2018
Award period:               June, 2018

How to Apply for Funding

Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy.  Click here (PDF 1 MB)) to download the application. You can also request the application form and guideline (PDF 418 KB) by E-mail or in person through the POL/ECON Small Grants Office.  The PSG Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request payment to receive and evaluate a project.

Contact Information

Address:           Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program
                         Embassy of the United States of America

B.P. 817 Yaoundé

Email:               grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:        22220-1500 Ext. 4171 or 4544
Fax:                   22220-1503
Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and
Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Introduction

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde-Cameroon, Political and Economic Section is seeking proposals for innovative projects that address critical health and development challenges in Cameroon under its Health and Development Challenges Pilot Program (HDCPP). HDCPP is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Operations through the Global Health Programs. The purpose is to strengthen the quality basic health services of health facilities in rural areas of Cameroon and contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other diseases. We will only consider projects that will benefit primarily Integrated Health Centers (CSI), Medicalized Health Centers (CMA) and District Hospitals all over 10 regions of Cameroon. Consideration may be given to faith-based health facilities located in areas where there is none of the above mentioned health facilities. Proposals should address maternity and laboratory equipment, and HIV/AIDS and ANC related activities. The maximum support available for each project is USD 25,000.

Basic Project Requirements

  • Budgets cannot exceed $25,000;
  • Initiated, operated, and maintained by the local community;
  • Benefits a large number of people through high-impact, quickly implemented activities;
  • Related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, awareness raising and training, capacity building;
  • Reflect the ability of the community / group to complete and sustain the project or organizational and institutional strengthening;
  • Addresses other basic health challenges or improves social conditions in the community; and
  • Completed within 12 months without requiring further HDCPP assistance for maintenance.

Project Categories and Acceptable Activities and Items

    • Laboratory and maternity infrastructures: Developing and strengthening laboratory systems and facilities:
      * Reinforce laboratory services with equipment;
      * Reinforce maternity with equipment (ward and labor room);
      * Staff basic training on handling (maintenance) of equipment.
    • HIV/AIDS: Promoting behavior change communications (BCC) and healthy practices through campaigns or educative talks in the areas of:
      * PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission) activities;
      * HIV/AIDS peer education and caregiving training;
      * HIV/AIDs prevention and care;
      * HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing.
    • Other Public Health Threats: Empowering communities to sustainably reduce the prevalence of other diseases through cross-cutting health systems:
      * Enhance access to general basic health services by underserved and marginalized groups;
      * Ensure responsiveness to people’s expectations.
    • Birth Preparedness and Maternity Services:
      * Education about the need for a skilled birth attendant in a health center;
      *  Support prenatal care;
      * Support clean delivery (adequate equipment).

Unacceptable Activities and Items

  • Projects that benefit a private, family, individual business;
  • Payment of recurring operating costs such as rent, salaries, administrative costs, ongoing training/education needs, medications;
  • Religious, political, or military activities, as well as those relating to police, prisons, or law enforcement.
  • Revolving credit schemes;
  • Office equipment and supplies such as computers, film projectors, stereos, pencils, paper, forms, folders, etc.
  • Land or buildings;
  • Vehicles, luxury goods, gambling, or surveillance equipment;
  • Abortion-related equipment and services.

Selection and Award Process

The program is highly competitive and only the best applications shall be considered for funding. If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant and verify the information.  The selection committee will base its decision on the potential impact, feasibility, and financial soundness of the proposed activity.  The committee will consider the track record of the organization proposing the activity as well as its contribution to the project.

Selection Timeline

Application deadline: September 11, 2017.
Selection period: September 12-25, 2017
Award period:      September 26-30, 2017

Important Information:

Funds are not yet available in Cameroon. The U.S. Embassy expects to receive funding for the HDCPP program before September 30, 2017; Grant awards are contingent on the receipt of funding. If the program is not approved, no grants will be awarded under this call.

How to Apply for Funding

Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy.  Click here (PDF – 1.14 MB) to download the application. You can also request the application form and guideline (PDF -572 KB) by E-mail or in person through the POL/ECON Small Grants Office.  The HDCPP Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request payment to receive and evaluate a project.

Contact Information

Address:  Health and Development Challenges Pilot Program
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaoundé
Email:       grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:  22220-1500 Ext. 4171
Fax:             22220-1503
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and
Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Introduction

The Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) provides small-scale assistance to Cameroonian communities as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to support development activities in Cameroon. Since 1983, the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon has funded small community projects under the SSH program in all ten regions of Cameroon. The maximum support available for most projects is USD 10,000 (or about 5 million francs CFA).

Basic Project Requirements

  • Initiated by the community and benefits the community by increasing income or improving living conditions
  • Benefits a large number of people
  • Involves a significant local contribution such as labor, materials, land, equipment, or money
  • Within the ability of the community to operate and maintain
  • Completed within one year without requiring further Self-Help Fund assistance, and
  • Respects environmental norms.

Project Categories and Acceptable Activities and Items

  • Water Supply and Sanitation: Ensures broadly accessible, reliable and economically sustainable water and sanitation services to bolster healthy, secure, and prosperous communities.
    • Safe Water Access: Water pumps and distribution systems, well drilling, bore holes, spring capping.
    • Basic Sanitation: Toilets, sinks, etc. Innovative approaches to building demand for sanitation-related products and services are encouraged.
  • Social Services
  • Education and Training: Examples, construction and/or equipment of school rooms, vocational training workshops/centers.
  • Health: Examples, construction and/or equipment of health facilities.
  • Community Development: foot bridges, community centers, solar energy, etc.
  • Income Generating Activities: food storage facilities, grinding mills, vocational training activities that produce employment and marketable skills.
  • Environment/Agriculture: financial or technical support for reforestation, and soil conservation including post-conflict or post-disaster settings, waste management, biodiversity conservation, and community agricultural projects.

Unacceptable Activities and Items

  • Repair of existing facilities that are in poor shape as the result of neglect or lack of funds.
  • Payment of recurring operating costs such as rent, salaries, administrative or operating costs, ongoing training/education needs, medications, fuel, animal feed, or seeds.
  • Religious, political, or military activities, as well as those relating to police, prisons, or law enforcement.
  • Revolving credit schemes.
  • Office equipment and supplies such as computers, film projectors, stereos, pencils, paper, forms, folders, etc.
  • Equipment or uniforms for national sport teams or national musical or dance groups.
  • Land or buildings.
  • Vehicles, luxury goods, gambling, or surveillance equipment.
  • Abortion-related equipment and services.
  • Pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.

Funded Projects in 2016

In the year 2016, the U.S. Embassy was pleased to sponsor 10 SSH projects in seven regions for a total of USD 88,975.

 Table 1 – Projects Funded in 2016 by Region and Project Type

Project
Number
Region Project Type
1 Adamawa Construction of two modern wells
2 South Construction of a modern well and community Turkish toilet
3 Northwest Construction of primary school classrooms
4 Northwest Completion of secondary school classrooms
5 Littoral Equipping of vocational training center
6 Southwest Construction of a community water system
7 Far-North Construction of a borehole
8 Northwest Equipping of vocational training workshop
9 East Equipping of primary schools with classroom desks
10 Southwest Construction of a hospital modern toilet and bathrooms

 

Selection and Award Process

The program is highly competitive, historically, less than ten percent of the applications received each year are selected. If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant, verify the information, and visit the site.

Selection Timeline

Application deadline:  April 30. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Selection period:        May – July
Award period:            August-September

How to Apply for the Fund

Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy. Click here (PDF – 920 KB) to download the application. You can also request the application by e-mail or in person through the SSH Office. The Self-Help Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request any payment to receive and evaluate a project.

Contact Information

Self-Help Fund
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaounde

Email:             grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:      22220-1500 Ext. 4171
Fax:                22220-1503
Office Hours:   Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

The purpose of the Democracy and Human Rights Fund (DHRF) is to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote respect for human rights in Cameroon. The DHRF provides assistance to Cameroonian organizations that seek to implement short-term, highly targeted activities designed to show measurable results.  For more than twenty years, DHRF funding has supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon. Typical DHRF grants are approximately USD 10,000 (approximately 5 million francs FCFA); they may not exceed USD 25,000 (approximately 12.5 million francs FCFA). A single group may not apply for more than one grant in a given funding period. Organizations that have successfully partnered with development agencies in the past and that can provide audited financial statements will be more competitive for this program and stand a greater chance of receiving DHRF funding.

Basic Project Requirements

The U.S. Embassy will consider funding only those projects that:

  • Are initiated by Cameroonian organizations (excluding the executive branch of the Cameroonian Government);
  • Promote political pluralism and respect for human and civil rights
  • Benefit a large number of people
  • Include activities, expenditures and timelines that are consistent, reasonable, and within the ability of the organization to implement
  • Can be completed within one year, without requiring further DHRF assistance; and
  • Respect environmental norms.

Selection and Award Process

The program is highly competitive; historically, less than ten percent of applicants receive funding each year.  If a project is selected for consideration, someone from the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant and verify the information.  The selection committee will base its decision on the potential impact, feasibility, and financial soundness of the proposed activity.  The committee will consider the track record of the organization proposing the activity as well as its contribution to the project.

Selection Timeline

Application deadline: May 31 of the current year. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Selection period: June – July
Award period: August – September

How to Apply for the Fund 

  • Complete the application form (DOC version – 51 KB | PDF Version – 1,162 KB)and attach additional pages if necessary. The application form is available online or can be requested via email at grantsyaounde@state.gov
  • Type or write clearly and answer each question as best as possible
  • All applications must include a specific project budget with cost estimates and a timeline
  • The project’s representative must sign the application form
  • Send the original completed application to the U.S. Embassy.

Download the application guidelines (PDF – 581 KB)

Contact Information

Address:   Democracy and Human Rights Fund
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaoundé
Email:             grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:      22220-1500 Ext. 4171
Fax:                 22220-1503
Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and
Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Public Affairs Small Grants Program

U.S. Embassy Yaounde welcomes applications for educational and cultural projects led by Cameroonian citizens. U.S. citizens may apply in conjunction with Cameroonian groups. Projects must have objectives within one of the themes listed below and help Cameroonians better understand the society, culture, and values of the United States. The Public Affairs Section encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, private sector companies, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and individuals. Requests are accepted at any time and grants are awarded subject to the availability of funds. Funds are very limited, however, thus grants are typically in the range of $1,000-5,000.  While co-sponsor funding is not required, it adds to the likelihood that a project will be selected. NOTE: We generally cannot fund food, entertainment, alcohol, or long-distance participant travel.

What Type of Projects are Funded?

These small grants can be used to support conferences, academic or cultural programs, and new media concepts aimed at reaching wider audiences. Projects must fall within the Public Affairs Section’s following program priorities:

  • Youth Engagement and Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Civic Engagement and Civil Society Development
  • Protection of the Environment
  • Ethnic/Religious Tolerance and Dispute Reconciliation
  • Strengthening Media Capacity

The following types Projects/Activities/Expenses are NOT funded by the Small Grants Program:

  •  Fund-raising campaigns
  •  Humanitarian assistance/social welfare projects
  • Scientific research projects
  • Projects that take more than a year to implement
  • Projects that duplicate existing projects being implemented by an organization
  • For-profit commercial projects
  • Projects that aim to support partisan political activity
  • Trade activities
  • Construction, vehicle purchase, office equipment, or other
  • infrastructure projects
  • Ongoing salary costs
  • Paying to complete activities begun with other funds
  • Paying for school or other educational fees for individuals
  • Citizen exchange programs with foreign countries
  • Projects consisting only of a single meeting or a brief conference are also discouraged.

Project Guidelines:

The application requires a detailed description of the activity for which grant funds are being requested and a budget proposal broken down by expenditure category. Otherwise, the request will not be considered.  Cost-sharing by the requesting organization is an important factor in evaluating grant requests. The Public Affairs Section also encourages projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost-sharing.  Applications should explain clearly other likely sources of funding and how any volunteers will be used. A successful grant application will include the following:

  1. Need: A clearly defined need that takes into account the input of local people and identifies a target audience.  We particularly target marginalized youth and women.
  2. Plan: A work plan that includes focused objectives, projected results and a clear timeline.
  3. Public Outreach Activities: Projects should have a public teaching/public dialogue or educational component.
  4. Evaluation: A monitoring and evaluation plan that includes community/target audience feedback.
  5. Sustainability: An indication of the measurable long-term impact of the project.
  6. Budget: A reasonable budget that follows the guidelines outlined in the Budget Appendix.

Evaluation Criteria:

Grant applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The proposal demonstrates the organization has sufficient expertise in the priority themes cited above, skills, and human resources to implement the project. Where partners are included, the applicant details each partner’s respective role and provides curriculum vitas (CVs) for persons responsible for the project and financial administration.
  • The organization demonstrates a clear understanding of the underlying issue the project aims to address and articulates it without using excessive generalizations.
  • The organization has identified appropriate beneficiaries or target groups in a way that maximizes project outputs and outcomes and there is a clear focus, manageable scope, and some form of sustainable capacity building after its completion.
  • The project idea and approach is innovative yet proposed activities are concrete, detailed, and supported by a reasonable work plan with deadlines and appropriate measures of success in addressing one or more of the above listed priorities.
  • The project’s budget is well-organized, detailed, and realistic. It shows the organization has devoted time to plan for and assess actual expenses associated with the project. There are neither rough estimates nor budget lines labeled “miscellaneous expenses.”
  • The organization has clearly articulated how it will assess and measure its own performance throughout the project implementation phase using concrete quantitative and qualitative assessment tools.

How to Apply:

Applications may be submitted at any time; however, they must be received no later than eight (8) weeks prior to your proposed project date. Applications must be typed and include purpose, target audience, expected results, project team, summary of activity, timeline, and a detailed budget. Send to: PASgrantsyaounde@state.gov or to American Embassy; Avenue Rosa Parks, Bastos; Yaounde, Cameroon, Attn:  Public Affairs Section – Grants

Self-Help Fund Package and Materials:

 

2018 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon is pleased to announce the availability of funding opportunity through the 2018 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.

What is the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees?

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees. Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees supports projects that fill gaps in refugee service not already being addressed by other organizations. The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need of no more than $25,000 and cannot support a program for more than one year. Successful programs are those that can be implemented locally and that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

What can the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees support?

The Taft Fund is intended primarily to support projects that assist refugees or returned refugees. We will also consider support of projects that benefit both refugees/returnees and their host communities. We cannot provide direct support to the local government, recommend a project funded the previous year, nor can we provide continued funding for a project as the Julia Taft Refugee Fund is meant to cover a one-time need and not a long-term program.

Projects Funded during the last three years

In the years 2017, 2016 and 2015, the U.S. Embassy was pleased to sponsor three JTF projects in two crisis affected regions for a total of USD 74,600.

Year Region Project Type
2017 East Construction of five gender sensitive eco-toilet blocks around the Lolo Refugee Camp.
2016 Far-North Construction of two boreholes in Kerawa
2015 East Construction of a specialized school for refugees in Mandjou

 

Who is eligible to apply?

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is limited to registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with at least 2 years of experience working in Cameroon. Recipients of the previous year’s Julia Taft fund are not eligible for this year’s funds.

How can my organization apply for funding?

NGOs are invited to submit a grant proposal for their projects by March 1, 2018 using the standard U.S. Embassy format (attached – (PDF 1,4 MB)) via email to grantsyaounde@state.gov.

Please note the following guidelines when preparing proposals:

  • Project budgets cannot exceed $25,000.
  • Proposals should comply with the U.S. Embassy standard grant format (attached – (PDF – 1.4 MB)).
  • An applicant must have a Code of Conduct, which must be consistent with the UN’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) recommendations on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Grant Application Form (PDF – 1,4 MB)
Grant Guidelines (PDF – 568 KB)

Contact Information:

2018 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees
United States Embassy
Phone: 237- 222-20-1500 Ext: 4171
E-mail: grantsyaounde@state.gov