Development Assistance Program

U.S. Embassy Niamey is working with the Nigerien people in their efforts to build a secure, prosperous, democratic nation that is a model of tolerance, development, and reform.

In addition to the substantial USAID programs in Niger, the Embassy offers several small-grant community development programs based on the availability of funds.



Program Objectives:

 The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to local requests for small community-based development projects.

The purpose of the Special Self-Help program is to fund grants for small development activities that generate public awareness of U.S. foreign assistance efforts but that fall outside the structure of other established U.S. assistance projects.  The program is intended to be flexible and allow the Ambassador to respond directly to requests from local communities for assistance with small community projects that have immediate impact and further mission policies and objectives.  Equally important, the Special Self-Help program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future.

All Special Self-Help projects are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community participation and contributions in cash, labor or materials.  The implementation period for individual self-help projects is short – less than one year, and projects are small.

This year, the program aims to address Niger’s multiple challenges through the implementation of projects that will focus on projects supporting agriculture, education, health, breeding, access to water, entrepreneurship and women empowerment.

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program FY19 SSH NOFO  (PDF 512 KB)

The deadline for submitting this new application is August 25, 2019.

Program Grants Unit, U.S. Embassy Niamey

Rue des Ambassades, BP:11201, Niamey, Niger or by email at

Proposal submission deadline for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program FY19 SSH NOFO  (PDF 512 KB)  is August 25, 2019.

Please send applications to or to Program Grants Unit at U.S Embassy Niamey

Proposal Templates 

  • Special Self-Help Proposal Template – French (PDF 313 KB) French (DOC 110 KB)  English (PDF 349 KB)
  • Le guide d’application-SSH- 2017- French (PDF 283 KB)
  • Julia Taft for refugees Proposal Template – French (PDF 300 KB) French (DOC 67 KB) English (PDF 326 KB)

Note: Proposals are accepted in both French and English languages.