The U.S. Embassy in Cotonou is proud to announce two funding opportunities for interested Beninese organizations and/or individuals, the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund (SSH) and the Public Affairs Section (PAS) Small Grants Program. Through these programs, the U.S. Embassy has funded numerous initiatives improving the lives of Beninese citizens and advancing U.S. policy goals. Though both programs are supported by the U.S. Embassy, program specifics differ. Interested applicants are encouraged to read the instructions carefully. If qualified, organizations may apply for both programs.
The SSH program is aimed at assisting Beninese community groups to develop lasting, self-sustaining projects that significantly impact communities by addressing critical health, social, and development concerns. Each year, Embassy Cotonou supports approximately six to ten projects with small grants, typically under $5,000. These grants have contributed to agricultural modernization, economic development, combatting early marriages and gender-based violence, improved sanitation, women’s empowerment, improved learning conditions, and greater access to clean water, health services, and education.
The PAS Small Grants Program is open to all individuals, non-profits, or non-governmental organizations who seek projects to advance goals in specific fields. For this cycle, the program focuses on: building Civic Participation, Good Governance and Resilient Communities, especially among youth and women; increasing women’s political participation and professional opportunities to improve service delivery to female citizens; Providing training and funding to support and promote entrepreneurship, especially among women and youth; supporting and expanding access to and use of information technology; providing greater access to English learning opportunities for all Beninese regardless of geography, gender, or economic background; and building the capacity of media professionals and expand opportunities for press freedom.