Grants Programs

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


2021 Environment, Science, Technology and Health Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy in Port Louis is pleased to request small grants proposals for projects in the following areas: environment, science, technology, health, ocean, and fisheries. In addition, the proposal should meet the following goals:

  • Combating conservation crimes and strengthening natural resource governance;
  • Reducing conflict and stability related to environmental degradation with a specific focus on water and maritime areas;
  • Advancing a climate policy that balances energy security, economic growth, and environmental protection;
  • Advancing the conservation, resilience, and sustainable management of ecosystems, and protecting the environment by promoting effective governance and strengthened institutional capacity.

Funding amounts range from $5,000 to $10,000. Submit to by April 12, 2021.

Grant Proposal Form  (MS Word 34 KB)


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.