United States Grants $149,000 to Zimbabwean Community Organizations

Ambassador Wharton with representatives of Bhagu Village Women’s Group;
Ambassador Wharton with representatives of Bhagu Village Women’s Group;

The U.S. Embassy is providing $149,000 in grant funding to community-based organizations located around the country for community-driven development projects.

The grant signing ceremony, to be held on Thursday, July 23 starting at 9:30am, offers an opportunity for Ambassador Wharton to meet and congratulate the grantees for being selected through the highly competitive evaluation process.  The ceremony will introduce the grantees selected for funding this year and provide a photo opportunity as each grantee signs their grant agreement with Ambassador Wharton.

Awardees will receive their small grants through one of the four different funding sources that feed into the U.S. Embassy’s small grants program.  These funding sources include the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Program, U.S. African Development Foundation (ADF) Fund, Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, and the Julia Taft Refugee Fund.

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program started in 1980 in Zimbabwe.  The program provides grants to assist community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level.  Distinct from larger-scale assistance carried out by the U.S. government, these funds support small, short-term, community-driven activities.  The program has awarded more than $2 million for community projects in the past ten years.

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For more information on the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, please click here.

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