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Ambassador's Community Grants Program

Committment - Community - Development

A Commitment to Tanzania

Each year, the Ambassador’s Community Grants Program provides approximately $220,000 (equal to 295 Million TZS) in direct assistance grants to Tanzanian community organizations whose projects benefit villages and urban communities. Since 1965, the Community Grants Program has helped communities improve public services, strengthen civic and human rights and create economic opportunity. To apply for an Ambassador’s Community Grant submit an application to one of the following program Funds: the Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (PDF 281 KB); the Julia Taft Fund (PDF 529 KB); and the Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund (PDF 262 KB).

Community and Sustainability

Ambassador’s Community Grants are awarded to community groups that demonstrate the ability to solve local problems using local resources. To qualify for a grant, projects must involve significant community contribution in the form of funding, materials and/or labor. Only self-sustaining projects will receive an Ambassador’s grant. Communities must be able to manage a project independently, and projects must be completed within six to twelve months of receiving a grant.

Development Grants

The Ambassador’s Community Grants Program offers community groups a choice of three funds to meet their development needs:

  • The Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (PDF 281KB) assists grassroots organizations to aid individuals and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, especially orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

  • The Julia Taft Fund (PDF 529KB)supports activities in Tanzania that find durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and other displaced persons.

  • The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund (PDF 262KB) supports organizations who improve economic and living conditions at the village/local community level. Self Help grants have contributed to improved sanitation, educational access, economic development and agricultural innovation.

To apply for an Ambassador’s Community Grant applicants must obtain an application form by clicking on the grant links above or by writing to the email/post address listed below. Before submitting your applications, READ THE APPLICATION DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY, noting the types of projects that do not qualify for funding and the information required to qualify for an Ambassador’s Grant. If you submit an application without the required information your application will not be considered for funding.

For additional information on the Ambassador’s Community Grants Program, Please contact:

Community Grants Coordinator
U.S. Embassy
P.O. Box 9123, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Telephone: 229 4305, Fax: 229 4725,
Grants page on Mission Website