Grants Programs

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program 

The U.S. Embassy Bamako’s Political and Economic Section accepts proposals from local organizations to carry out projects addressing Mali’s economic growth that prioritize environmental protection, education, market gardening and youth entrepreneurship. The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots grant assistance program that allows U.S. Ambassadors to support local requests for small community-based development projects. The purpose of the SSH Program is to support projects through modest grants that will positively impact local communities. Equally important, the SSH Program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar community development activities in the future.

Applications are now closed. Please check back in late March 2022.

Julia Taft Refugee Fund

The U.S. Embassy Bamako’s Political and Economic Section accepts proposals from organizations to address critical gaps in assistance to refugees or returning refugees. The aim is a one-time, low-cost, quick impact intervention that addresses an important gap in refugee protection and assistance. Local NGOs are given priority in the selection process. The fund is competitive; U.S. Embassy Bamako hopes to award a Taft Fund grant to one local organization per year.

The application period generally begins in December. Please check back then to view the call for proposals and submission instructions.

Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program 

The U.S. Embassy Bamako’s Public Affairs Section invites proposals for projects that strengthen ties between the United States and Mali by highlighting shared values and promoting bilateral cooperation. All programs must advance one of the key priorities listed below, promote an element of American culture, or have a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased ties between the United States and Mali and foster understanding of U.S. policies and perspectives.

Applications are now closed for 2021. Please check back in late October for the details of the 2022 programs.