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 135 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 organization, which has been registered with the National Board of NGOs or local governments, and has a minimum of two years experience in implementing development projects at a grassroots level, and which has full-time paid staff and track record in handling at least 50 % of the requested fund, 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 or refugee camps where assistance activities are limited, international organizations may also become recipients.
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 10 million yen (Approximately US$100,000 depending on exchange rates). Budget items which cannot be financed include: consumables (except in case of emergency or humanitarian relief), running and maintenance costs of facilities and equipments, and administrative costs of the recipient organization.
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 31 January and 31 July respectively). The flow of the process is as follows.
(1) Submission of concept paper to Embassy of Japan (EOJ)
(2) Project selection and interview by the Selection Committee I at EOJ
(3) Request for additional information and site visit by EOJ
(4) Project selection by Selection Committee II at EOJ
(5) Approval by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Japan
(6) Signing of Grant Contract between recipient organization and EOJ
6. Achievements in Uganda
Since the first GGP project in Uganda was signed in 1992, more than 235 projects have been implemented. By sector, more than half of the 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 equipments. However, the Embassy welcomes a diversity of project proposals with high implementing capacity.
7. Other GGP Programmes
Apart from the general programme described above, there are three other programmes supported under the GGP scheme as follows.
(1)Anti-personnel Landmines GGP: This supports organizations which engage in mine clearance activities, assistance to mine victims, education on mine avoidance, etc.
(2)Recyle GGP: This provides overseas transportation costs of used goods (eg. fire engine, ambulance, bicycles, school desks and chairs, temporary housing, etc.) which will be donated from NGOs/local governments in Japan to NGOs/local governments in Uganda.
(3)Micro-credit GGP: This provides micro-credit funds to eligible organizations implementing micro-credit programmes.