Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP)


Concept Paper

Please apply with the new version of Concept Paper.
The deadlines are 15th February and 31st July respectively.

1. Objectives

The aim of GGP is to provide financial assistance to non-profit, development-oriented organizations to support community development projects which directly benefit people at the grassroots level. Since it was introduced in 1989, GGP has been implemented in 141 countries worldwide.

2. Project Areas

Any projects geared towards grassroots assistance are eligible for financing under GGP. Preferable, however, are projects in the areas below. Particular attention will also be given to projects designed to assist the most vulnerable groups such as women, children and the physically disabled.

  • Primary/secondary education
  • Vocational training
  • Primary health care, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
  • Water and sanitation
  • Reconstruction for disaster areas
  • Agricultural development

3. Eligible Recipients

Any non-profit organisation with 1) a minimum of two (2) years of experience in implementing development projects at a grassroots level, 2) full-time paid staff and 3) legal status is eligible to apply for GGP.
Potential recipients are international or local NGOs, community based organizations, medical institutions, educational institutions and local authorities/governments. In particular cases such as IDP camps or refugee settlements where assistance activities are limited, international organizations may also become recipients.
 *Please check the guideline for the details.

4. Available Funds

GGP funds are provided to the recipient organization after examination and evaluation of each application on an annual project-by-project basis. The grant amount per project is generally under 20 million yen (Approximately US$139,650 with the exchange rate of USD/JPY=143.22, please note that the exchange rate will fluctuate). Budget items which cannot be financed include: consumables (except in case of emergency or humanitarian relief), running and maintenance costs of facilities and equipment, and administrative costs of the recipient organization.
* Please check the guideline for the details.

5. Application and Approval Procedures

Applications are received anytime throughout the year, but the selection process will be conducted twice a year (the deadlines are 15th February and 31st July respectively). The flow of the process is as follows.

An applicant is requested to;
1. Read the GGP guidelines carefully to familiarize with GGP scheme and its selection process.
2. Fill necessary information requested in the Concept Paper (failure to provide necessary information automatically disqualifies the Concept Paper)
3. Submit a Concept Paper to the Embassy of Japan in Kampala. The concept paper must be typed, printed, signed and submitted in hard copy.

GGP section, Embassy of Japan

Plot. 8, Kyadondo Rd. Nakasero

P. O. Box 23553, Kampala, Uganda

Tel: 0312-261564/5/6

The Embassy receives Concept Papers anytime throughout the year, but the selection process is conducted twice a year with deadlines on 15th February and 31st July. Official notification as to whether concept papers have passed the initial screening will be given approximately 3 months later.
The Embassy will assess all the submitted applications based on;
(1) Credibility of the organisation
(2) Legal status of the organisation (Registration certificate needed)
(3) Financial status of the organisation (Recent bank statement)
(4) Project management capacity of the organisation
(5) Community participation and their contribution towards the proposed project
(6) Sustainability and ownership by the beneficial community
(7) Impact of the project to the beneficiaries
(8) Quality of the proposal submitted in terms of neatness, focus, and attachment of verified documents

6. Achievements in Uganda

Since the first GGP project in Uganda was signed in 1992, 282 projects have been implemented as of December 2023. By sector, more than half of all projects are in the area of education, health and water/sanitation. By type, majority of the projects involve construction of facilities and/or provision of equipment. However, the Embassy welcomes a diversity of project proposals with high implementing capacity.



Embassy of Japan
GGP Section