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 (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 Demographic challenges through the implementation of projects that will focus on supporting education, reproductive health, family planning, youth entrepreneurship, and other relevant themes.

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program FY18 SSH NOFO  (PDF 597 KB)

The deadline for submitting this new application is July 20, 2018.

Program Grants Unit, U.S. Embassy Niamey

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

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 Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program FY18 SSH NOFO  (PDF 597 KB)  is July 20, 2018.

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.