During an October 31 ceremony hosted at the U.S. Embassy, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson honoured nine Ghanaian communities selected to receive grants to promote education, agriculture and economic growth at the local level.
The grants, totalling $75,000, are part of the Ambassador’s Small Grants Programme.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ambassador Jackson praised the communities for developing sustainable, high-impact, community-supported projects.
“As grantees, you are joining a distinct group of communities and organizations throughout Ghana,” he noted.
“You have demonstrated that you can unite your political, civil society, religious and business leaders to provide for the needs of your community — with a little extra assistance from the U.S. government. But in reality, the real efforts are yours, and we are honored to be your partner.”
Projects and communities/organizations selected for funding include the Nerebehi Integrated Community Centre for Employable Skills (ICCES) Training Center in the Ashanti Region in the construction of an electrical workshop, the Misthy Cee Development Center in the Ashanti Region for the completion of a school dining hall, the Ampabame Community in the Ashanti Region for the completion of a primary school and a junior high school and Keba Africa for the purchase of new furniture and learning materials for the Castle Road Special School in Accra.
The others are the Zimnuopare community in the Upper West Region for the completion of a classroom block and the Ebongapar Women’s Group in the Upper West Region for the reconstruction of a shea processing facility.
Three organizations received grants to buy new gari processing equipment and stoves: The Nyamebekyere Women’s Gari Processing Association in the Brong Ahafo Region, Premier Agribusiness Association in the Eastern Region and Miyingor Farmers Group in the Volta Region.
The Ambassador’s Small Grants and Special Self-Help Programme has provided support to grassroots development efforts since 1964.
Over the last three decades, the US Embassy in Accra has distributed more than $2.3 million in such grants to support community development projects.