Flag

An official website of the United States government

Political and Economic Section’s Grants Program
36 MINUTE READ
January 27, 2022

PEPFAR Small Grants Program- Funding Opportunity – Ref #: AFYDE-PSGCLM-GR-POLECON-2020

Introduction

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde-Cameroon, Political and Economic Section is seeking proposals for projects that support Community-led Monitoring (CLM) activities to be implemented in close collaboration with local civil society organizations (CSOs) and the Government of Cameroon. CLM is key to ensuring availability, access to, and delivery of quality HIV care and services. CLM will empower patients and communities to seek out this information, increase health literacy, expand engagement with health service delivery, support demand creation, and demand accountability from the health system to improve and deliver these services. The collective objective of CLM is to develop a shared understanding of the enablers and barriers to access HIV services (HIV prevention, testing, linkage, treatment retention, VL)  in a manner that is productive, collaborative, respectful, and solutions oriented. The program seeks to encourage affected communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future. Each proposal will target only one of the four PEPFAR covered Zones in Cameroon.

Basic Requirements

  • Budgets cannot exceed $12,500.
  • Independent and registered local/community-based organizations, traditional community groups, faith-based organizations, and other civil society groups, networks of key populations (KP), people living with HIV (PLHIV), and other affected groups, or community entities that gather quantitative and qualitative data about HIV services and whose mission and activities focuses on HIV programming are eligible to apply for this grant.
  • Projects must be completed within eight months without requiring further PEPFAR assistance.

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.

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:    January 11, 2020
Selection period:            January 2021
Award period:                February 2021

How to Apply for Funding

Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy.  Click here (PDF – 995KB) to download the application. You can also request the application forms and guideline 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.

PSGCLM guideline:  Click here (PDF – 379KB)

Contact Information

Address:           PEPFAR Small Grants 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

Special Self-Help Fund – Funding opportunity – Ref #: AFYDE-SSH-GR-POLECON-2022

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 five 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: Construction and/or equipment of schoolrooms, vocational training workshops/centers.
  • Health: 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 2021

In the year 2021, the U.S. Embassy was pleased to sponsor six SSH projects in four regions for a total of USD 55,000.

Projects Funded in 2021 by Region and Project Type

Project
Number
Region Project Type
1 Adamaoua Construction of agricultural products storage
2 Center Construction and equipping with mills of a training and food processing center
3 Center Construction of  two classrooms for a primary school
4 Far-North Construction and equipping of a literacy center
5 Far-North Construction of agricultural products storage and drying platform
6 West Construction of a high school modern toilets

 

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 (DOC 66 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.

2022 SSH Guidelines

Contact Information

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaounde

Email:             grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:      22220-1500 Ext. 4171 or 4081
Fax:                22220-1503
Office Hours:   Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Julia Taft Refugee Fund – Funding Opportunity – Ref #: AFYDE-JTF-GR-POLECON-2021

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through the 2021 Julia Taft Refugee Fund.

What is the Julia Taft Refugee Fund?

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State’s 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 services 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 Refugee Fund support?

The Julia Taft Fund is intended primarily to support projects that assist refugees and/or returnees. We will also consider support of projects that benefit both refugees/returnees and their host communities, with refugees representing 80% of the direct beneficiaries.  Projects that target Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), stateless persons, or vulnerable migrants will not be considered under this program.  We cannot provide direct support to the local government, recommend a project funded the previous year, or 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.

What Projects were Funded During Past Years?

Since 2015, the U.S. Embassy has sponsored six projects in four crisis-affected regions for a total of USD 148,150.

Year
Region
Project Type
2020 North Construction of two modern wells and helping of out-of-camp refugee women to set up farmlands for market gardening in Man and Helbao.
2019 Adamawa Equipping a vocational training center, and training out-of-camp refugee women in Borgop and Ngam.
2018 East Construction and equipping of a comprehensive food-processing center for out-of-camp refugees in Kenzou.
2017 East Construction of five gender sensitive eco-toilet blocks around the Lolo Refugee Camp.
2016 Far North Construction of two boreholes for out-of-camp refugees in Kerawa.
2015 East Construction of a specialized school for refugees in Mandjou.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

The Julia Taft Refugee Fund is limited to Cameroonian registered CBOs, associations, or 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 January 22, 2021, using the standard U.S. Embassy format (attached – (PDF 381 KB)) 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 997 KB)).
  • Applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered in SAM.gov.
  • Applicants 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 997 KB)

Contact Information:

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

ARDF–Africa Regional Democracy Fund- Funding opportunity – Ref #: AFYDE-ARDF-GR-POLECON-2022

Introduction

The purpose of the Africa Regional Democracy Fund (ARDF) for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance- is to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote respect for human rights in Cameroon. The ARDF provides assistance to Cameroonian organizations that seek to implement short-term, highly targeted activities designed to show measurable results. Last year, ARDF funding supported organizations in all ten regions of Cameroon. Typical ARDF grants are approximately USD 24,000 (approximately 12 million francs FCFA); they may not exceed USD 50,000 (approximately 25 million francs FCFA). A single group may not receive more than one grant in a given funding period. Organizations that have successfully partnered with international donors in the past with proven records will be more competitive for this program and stand a greater chance of receiving ARDF funding.

The U.S. Embassy will give priority to proposals that are creative and innovative and that utilize technology and modern media to reach a wide audience.

Basic Project Requirements  

The U.S. Embassy will consider funding under the ARDF Program only those projects that:

  • Have funding ceiling is $50,000.
  • Are initiated by Cameroonian organizations (excluding the executive branch of the Cameroonian Government).
  • Promote political pluralism, respect for human and civil rights, citizen participation and public accountability.
  • 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 ARDF assistance; and
  • Respect environmental norms.

 

Program Categories and Acceptable Activities

  • Civic Education, Citizen Participation, and Public Accountability:
    • Supports activities that advance citizen engagement to hold governments accountable and to participate in economic, political, governing, and other critical processes aimed at creating more peaceful, democratic, and pluralistic societies.
    • Promotes citizen engagement in local decision-making processes, such as through participatory budgeting processes and public-private dialogue for economic development priorities.
    • Examples of other activities include supporting civil society and citizen advocacy efforts; backing citizen monitoring and oversight initiatives; and strengthening citizen engagement in service delivery.
    • Activities in this category relate to the role of civil society in holding public institutions accountable (watchdog role).

 

  • Human Rights Systems and Policies and Protection:
    • Supports systems to prevent and address human rights violations through early warning, monitoring, investigating, and reporting.
    • Promotes respect for human rights and support human rights defenders through utilization of national, regional, and international legal systems for human rights protection and enforcement.
    • Harmonizes domestic laws and policies with international human rights standards; promote the adoption and implementation of human rights and labor standards; and
    • Sponsors legal aid and other assistance for victims of human rights violations.  Support the work of National Human Rights Commission(s).
    • Integrates human rights into training for security sector actors, teachers, civil society leaders, journalists, religious leaders, and government officials.

 

Unacceptable Activities and Items

ARDF funding may not be used to conduct the following activities or purchase the following items:

  • Paramilitary activities, and prohibited from supporting police and other law enforcement forces (even if the proposed activity is consistent with programs described above.)
  • Construction of buildings.
  • Purchase of vehicles.
  • Long-term (12 months or more) recurring administrative costs such as building or equipment maintenance, rent, office supplies, or administrative salaries.
  • Travel outside of the immediate region.
  • Conferences or workshops that lack a specific and clearly articulated goal.
  • Research projects without a results-oriented component.
  • Humanitarian assistance or support for refugees (unless human rights related).
  • Activities that do not directly encourage or promote increased respect for civil and human rights;
  • Purchase of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, or fertilizers.
  • Activities to influence the outcome of elections; or
  • Training or advice, or support for police, prisons or other law enforcement forces, military or any program of internal intelligence or surveillance.

 

Funded Projects since 2017

Since 2017, the U.S. Embassy has sponsored 106 ARDF projects for a total of USD 1,800,000.  Some of the themes of projects that received funding included:

For Human Rights Systems, Protection and Policies

  • Educate communities on the rights of children, widows, women, Indigenous, and minorities
  • Facilitate issuance of civil documentation for indigenous people and IDPs
  • Provide legal assistance to detainees and promote the use of Habeas Corpus
  • Protection of Human Rights defenders and dissemination of human rights international standards
  • Fight against Trafficking in Persons, child abuse Sexual and Gender-based Violence in schools, Human Rights violation in traditional settings
  • Create and train CSOs, media, to advocate for freedom of association
  • Audit the state of respect of human rights in councils

 

For Civic Education

  • Train municipal level CSO networks on participatory planning, budgeting and budgeting expenditure tracking within the framework of decentralization and peace building
  • Popularize civic education, to eradicate violence in secondary schools
  • Teach women and youth in low-income areas about good governance, civic engagement, anti-corruption, democracy, sustainable development, societal and environmental issues
  • Train local and regional actors on strategies for implementing inclusion of Persons With Disabilities, Indigenous people in local governance
  • Create media jingles on the importance of biometric voter registration, educate on governance, democracy, and electoral process
  • Organize collection of voters cards
  • Educate IDPs of the Anglophone crisis, women, and youth on peace and tolerance, their rights, social cohesion, interreligious and intercultural dialogue.

 

For Legislative Support

  • Raise awareness on constitutional rights and provisions of penal code
  • Create legal platforms for disclosure of community data on legislative and government actions
  • Train journalists on reporting on public interest issues and key government reforms

 

For Elections Support

  • Engage the youth and Civil Society Organizations in promoting citizen participation and electoral transparency through elections observation
  • Mobilize youth and women leaders for strong and nonviolent involvement in the electoral process
  • Engage community mobilization for greater participation of women, indigenous people, Persons With Disability and youth in the electoral process
  • Strengthen the skills of members of media, CSOs, political parties for impartial, free and fair election process

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:    July 8, 2022

Selection period:           July – August 2022
Award period:               August – September 2022

 

How to Apply for Funding

Complete and send the application form to the U.S. Embassy.  Click here(PDF – 71KB) to download the application.  You can also request the application by mail at grantsyaounde@state.gov.  The Africa Regional Democracy Fund Application Form is FREE of charge and the Embassy DOES NOT request any payment to receive and evaluate a project.

 

ARDF Guideline:  Click here (PDF – 63KB)

 

Contact Information

Address:   Africa Regional Democracy Fund
Embassy of the United States of America
B.P. 817 Yaoundé

Email:             grantsyaounde@state.gov
Telephone:      22220-1500 Ext. 4171 or 4081
Fax:                22220-1503

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and
Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Please click here for U.S. Department of State required grant application forms. These forms must be submitted in English, but French translations are provided as a guide to assist you in completing them.