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.



The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund (SSH):

This program provides small grants for community-based development projects designed to improve basic living conditions. The request for assistance comes from local communities, in collaboration with the local development committee, institutions or local agencies responsible for development such as NGOs, associations or women’s groups active in the field.

The Special Self-Help Fund is limited to small one-time contributions, and cannot be used for long-term projects that require continuous funding.

Projects aimed at a specific community should be used to improve the social and economic conditions of the greatest possible number of people. One of the essential elements of any Self-help” project is the involvement of the local population in the financing and execution of the project.

Note: Funding for SSH has not been approved for the calendar year 2017. We are not accepting proposals for Self Help Projects this year. However, we expect to receive funds next year and resume the program.  

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees (JTF) is an initiative by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees.

The objective of Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is to meet one-time, low-cost projects to address important gaps in refugee protection and assistance.

PRM’s Taft Refugee Fund is intended to meet gaps in ongoing refugee programs that can be filled locally through projects of up to $25,000 and that are not already being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations (IOs), or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are already receiving U.S. government funding.

The Taft Refugee Fund is intended primarily to support projects that assist refugees or refugee returnees. Programs should be designed to address one-time needs.

2018 call for Proposals (PDF 385KB)

Please submit your completed application no later than March 11, 2018 to:

Program Grants Unit, U.S. Embassy Niamey

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

Proposal submission deadline for the 2018 Funding opportunity for Julia TAFT Program benefiting Nigerian and Malian Refugees in Niger is due on March 11, 2018.

2018 call for Proposals (PDF 385KB)

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

Please click on the links below to apply

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.