Grants Programs

Funding Opportunity: EducationUSA Student Assistant

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an open competition for an EducationUSA Student Assistant (ESA) opportunity to assist in supporting EducationUSA programs and activities in Mauritius and Seychelles.

U.S., Mauritian or Seychellois with experience and knowledge of the U.S. higher education system, especially alumni from U.S. Colleges and Universities, are invited to apply for this opportunity. For more information and instructions on how to apply, click here (PDF 153 KB)

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program started in 1964 as a pilot project in Ghana, and it has since expanded to other African countries.  It is a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to the needs of small, community-based development projects.  Every year, a few projects are selected based on the quality of the project and the impact that the project will have in the community.  The embassy will consider projects that:

  1. Improve basic economic and social conditions at the grassroots level.
  2. Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities that benefit many people.
  3. Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and be within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain.
  4. Have local community support and, if possible, contribute to income-generating or self-sustainable activities.
  5. Will be completed within 12 months.

Project proposals that benefit or equip the NGOs themselves will not be considered.

A call for proposals will be announced on social media and the embassy’s website, usually in August.  In the meantime, here is a sample application form (PDF 97 KB).  For more information on the grant, NGOs can send an email to

Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties and build relationships between the U.S. and Mauritius or Seychelles through activities that highlight shared values, goals and cooperation. All programs must include a strong, central American element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. values, perspectives and policies. More information and the call for proposals is available here.