Funding Opportunities


Community Grants

The U.S. Embassy has a variety of funding opportunities available to Ethiopians. In addition, Ethiopian organizations may contact USAID Ethiopia about broader development program opportunities. Embassy opportunities include the following:

The office of the Ambassador’s Community Grants Program was established in 2003 to administer grants for projects that foster community development. Distinct from larger-scale United States Government assistance, these funds support projects initiated by Ethiopian NGOs, community- and faith-based groups, and civic associations focused on small-scale community-based activities designed to bring about tangible and immediate improvements in people’s lives.

The program, which includes funding from the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program (SSHP), the PEPFAR Small Grants Program, and the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees, as well as others, has granted US$4 million to 300 projects that benefited more than 7 million people in all regions of Ethiopia. The application and evaluation processes vary, but all three programs provide year-long grants. Each program is designed to offer grants unique in nature that serve separate diplomatic and aid functions.

For questions on any of the above grant opportunities, please contact the Community Grants Office of the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa at:

Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program (SSHP)

The SSHP funds community-initiated projects support education, income-generating activities, gender and disability focused interventions, as well as other activities that improve the living conditions of underserved people.

PEPFAR Small Grants Program

The PEPFAR Small Grants Program funds activities that enable local NGOs, community based organizations such as Iddirs, and associations of people living with HIV to implement small-scale projects that promote HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and economic support for people living with HIV, and orphans and vulnerable children.

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees (also known as the Ambassador’s Refugee Fund) is an initiative by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees.  Since 2000, the Fund has supported projects that fill gaps in refugee service.  Proposals should be for programs that can be met locally and are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations already receiving U.S. government funding.


Grants offered through the Community Grants Office have helped build schools where children were previously unable to attend, provided school meals to improve enrollment; HIV/AIDS education to vulnerable groups; implemented programs to educate people on the dangers of  female genital mutilation and child marriage; provided clean water and improved hygiene and sanitation by constructing wells, pit latrines, and clothes-washing facilities; and supported income-generating activities that enabled single women, youth and  people  living with HIV/AIDS to increase their earnings sufficiently to care for their children.

The projects helped people with disabilities with access to information technology through providing assertive devices, opportunities for alternative income generation, and the purchase of braille embosser, which enabled production of textbooks and children’s books as Braille teaching tools.

Public Affairs Grants

The Embassy Public Affairs Section can provide small grants to Ethiopian individuals and non-government organizations to support Embassy goals, but in particular programs that support higher education, civil society, human rights, youth engagement, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and cultural exchange and cooperation. Please contact  if you have a concrete proposal.

All applicants must use the U.S. State Department Standard Forms of SF424 (Application), SF424A (Budget) and SF424B (Assurance for non-construction projects) in addition to their own proposal. The forms can be found on

Open grant opportunities

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees (Deadline January 20, 2020)