The Embassy of Japan in Lebanon has launched Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects with an aim to improve the livelihood of socially and economically vulnerable people.
The Japanese Government offers small scale grants for development projects in order to meet the diverse needs of the vulnerable communities and people. “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)” supports projects proposed by various organizations such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and municipalities.
The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Program (GGP) was established to assist NGOs and local public authorities to implement small-scale projects directly benefiting the people at grassroots level as well as contributing to the socio-economic development. In Lebanon, 272 GGP projects have been implemented by various organizations since 1996, that has so far amounted to more than 19 million U.S. dollars.
The grant amount per project does not exceed 10 million JPY (approximately 90,000 US dollars in 2019). Please note that the following budget items cannot be financed; taxes (VAT, custom fees), salaries, fuel, travel expenses, per diem charges, and other administrative and operating costs for the organization.
N.B.: The exact amount of the funding in US dollars varies depending on the exchange rate from yen to US dollars in each fiscal year (starting April of every year). Also, demining projects have a different funding scheme, which goes beyond the maximum amount of the GGP grant. Please consult with the Embassy for this matter.
Priorities and Areas of Assistance
The GGP aims to meet the basic human needs of socially and economically vulnerable people and to improve the livelihoods of deprived communities at the grass-roots levels. GGP can cover the cost of rehabilitation of facilities (school, health care center, water networks etc.) and provision of essential equipment. GGP projects may include training in use of donated equipment or capacity building for stakeholders, which are essential to achieve the goal of the GGP project.
Priority Areas are:
- Environment (Waste Management and Water)
- Demining and UXO clearance
Applications are screened with the following criteria:
- Direct impact on people’s livelihood
- Basic Human Needs
NB : Particular attention is given to the assistance of refugees and vulnerable host communities.
- The GGP targets the following organizations that implement development projects at grass-roots level.
- Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Local Authorities (Municipalities, Union of Municipalities)
- Private Schools and/or semi-public Schools
- Medical Institutions (Hospitals, Dispensaries)
- Each organization should have at least 2 years of experience in the field of the project scopes.
- In principle, central governmental agencies or international organizations are not eligible for the GGP. For the project with public schools, either NGO or local authority (municipality or union of municipalities) should apply for the grant on behalf of the public schools.