The United States Consulate General, John Bray, yesterday, awarded $453,568 grants to 45 individuals, non-government organisations (NGOs), and academic institution .
According to him, the grants support a variety of worthwhile projects in the areas of human rights, transparency in government, freedom of the media, empowerment of women and youth, health, education, entrepreneurship, global issues and the promotion of mutual understanding.
Speaking at the grant award ceremony in Lagos; Bray recognized the commitment of the grantee organizations working to improve the lives of community members through sustainable projects that bolster good governance, education and health.
The consulate’s grant award program is part of the US government’s efforts to support Nigeria’s economic development, strengthen communities and empower Nigerians.
In response to the 2018 call for proposals, approximately 2000 strong and diverse project submission was recorded by the US Consulate, and, as a result, made awards ranging from $3,922 to $80,000, depending on the proposed scope of activities.
“The US Mission has several objectives here in Nigeria, one of the foremost is to support a healthier, more educated population in Nigeria. One way in which we work to accomplish these goals is through grants.
We are so proud to work with such an immensely energetic and creative community of organisations and individuals committed to strengthening communities and empowering fellow Nigerians,” Bray added.
Every year, the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General in Lagos invites NGOs, academic institutions, and individuals working in 17 states in southern Nigeria to submit proposals that seek innovative solutions to challenges facing local communities.