Grants Programs

Funding Opportunity Title: African Regional Democracy Fund for Mali -Apply Now!

The U.S. Embassy Bamako announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out projects through the African Regional Democracy Fund.  Please follow all instructions in the full notice available for download or on  Note the program priority regions:  Kidal, Taoudenni, Gao, Timbouctou, and Menaka.

The program aims to support Malian civil society organizations – especially those representing youth, women, internally displaced persons, and other historically underserved groups –build support for policies and approaches that protect human rights, reduce corruption, bolster civic participation, and ensure fundamental freedoms.  The program has two main objectives.  First, it aims to build and strengthen civil society capacity – particularly those representing underrepresented voices – in Mali’s five northern regions (Kidal, Taoudenni, Gao, Timbuktu, and Menaka) to advocate for democratic principles and practices, including freedom of movement and expression without harassment, during and following Mali’s transition period.  Secondly, the program would like to bolster transparency and accountability of Mali’s electoral processes and institutional reforms through increased communication and collaboration between civil society stakeholders and transition authorities.

All participants must be registered Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) and have been in operation for at least one year to be eligible for funding.  Proposals are welcome from community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and non-governmental organizations that work directly with communities.

The Applications are now open until August 28, 2023

American Center’s English Teaching Program: Apply NOW

The U.S. Embassy Bamako announces an open competition for individuals and organizations to submit applications to carry out an English teaching program in Sikasso and Tombouctou regions of Mali.

This English teaching program will last ten to twelve full months and will provide free English classes to the target audience of community leaders and/or youth aged 17-30 (male and female), are residents of either Timbuktu or Sikasso with a minimum of baccalaureate education level and who already speak some English (pre-intermediate and intermediate level) but need to raise their competency to a fluency that would allow them to participate in a fully English exchange program.

Applications are now open until August 25, 2023

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program

U.S. Embassy Bamako is now accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grant. The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help grant is designed to help fund small projects up to $10,000 that have a big impact on the community.

Applications are now closed

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

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 (not more than $25,000), 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.

Applications are now closed