U.S. provides $265,000 in small grants to communities in ten Zim provinces

img_0114Harare, December 5 2016: The United States Embassy is providing
$265,000 is small grants to community organizations in nine provinces,
Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. announced on Monday.

“I am delighted to announce that my Embassy is giving $265,000 in
small grants to communities in nine provinces to celebrate their
commitment to changing lives,” said Ambassador Thomas Jr. “The funds
will assist small-scale, short-term, community-driven development
projects that bring about tangible and immediate improvements in
people’s lives, and more important, bring Americans and the people of
Zimbabwe closer together.”

The signing ceremony was attended by representatives of beneficiary
organizations from Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Masvingo,
Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Manicaland,
Bulawayo Metropolitan, and Harare Metropolitan.  the organisations are
Magwegwe Development Trust in Bulawayo; Shearly Cripps Children’s Home
in Mashonaland East; Girls Legacy in Mashonaland East; Rifa
Conservation Education Camp in Mashonaland West; Maranatha Orphans
Care Trust in Matabeleland South; Women’s Development Association in
Gwanda, Matabeleland South; African Women Initiative In Developing
Economies in Harare; Aquaculture Zimbabwe in Mashonaland Central;
Greenline Africa Trust in Matabeleland North; and Christian Care
Zimbabwe in Manicaland

The U.S. Mission in Zimbabwe manages three grants designed to
stimulate development in communities.

The first, established immediately after Zimbabwe’s independence in
1980, is the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund; focuses on providing
targeted grants to assist small-scale, short-term, community-driven
development projects that bring about tangible and immediate
improvements in people’s lives.  The program has awarded more than $2
million for community-driven projects over the past ten years.

The second is the U.S. African Development Foundation grant, which
support locally-designed and locally-driven solutions that address
economic and social problems at the grassroots level.

The Julia Taft Refugee Fund was established in 2000 and provides
American envoys in various countries to respond to critical gaps in
refugee programs.

Applications for the Embassy’s small grants are accepted from
communities throughout the year on a rolling basis. Applicants must be
a registered non-governmental, non-profit, or community-based
organization. All applications must include a significant community
contribution (cash, labor, or materials). The organization must be
entirely Zimbabwean and its members’ Zimbabwe citizens. After an
initial screening, a technical evaluation committee reviews
applications using pre-established criteria to assess the merit of
each proposal. The evaluation process is objective and transparent;
standard evaluation criteria used by the committee can be accessed via
the link above.

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For more information on the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program,
please refer to the U.S. Embassy Harare website:

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Affairs Officer. Email: hararepas@state.gov; tel: +263 5 758 800-1;
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