Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects

Embassy of Japan

Relevent Country: Japan

Applications are now open for the Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) to support projects proposed by various bodies such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local government authorities in Basic Human Needs (BHN) sectors at the grassroots level.

It has received a worldwide reputation for the provision of timely assistance. Through this instrument, Japan has provided seamless assistance ranging from humanitarian aid that provides support to communities for their immediate basic human needs to community and nation-building in post-conflict areas.

The GGP provides non-refundable financial assistance to NGOs, hospitals, primary schools, and other nonprofit associations to help implementing their development projects. The availability of GGP fund in each eligible country provides Japanese ODA with a new means of cooperation that has a direct impact  on the well-being of grass-roots communities.

Project Areas

  • Development project targeted at grass-roots level assistance is eligible for financing under GGP.

The following areas are the main target of GGP:

  • Primary Education
  • Primary Health Care
  • Public Welfare
  • Environment
  • Project targets cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, youth, social inclusion is highly encouraged to apply.

Funding Information

  • GGP funds are provided to the recipient organization after an examination and evaluation of each project-based application by the Japanese Government annually.
  • The maximum grant amount per project is 10 million Japanese Yen (approximately equivalent to 70,000-80,000 Euros including audit fee, depending on the exchange rate).

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects for assisting research at advanced academic institutions and projects for improving the capacities of the recipient organization itself.
  • Projects that are limited to commercial activities and creation of employment of particular individuals and organizations, and where the direct benefits for grass-roots activities are uncertain.
  • Projects that are not closely related to economic and social development (such as culture, arts, and Sports-related projects).
  • Projects with a political or missionary purpose or the intention of military use.

Eligible Recipients

  • Any type of nonprofit organization is eligible to be a GGP recipient. The only requirement is that it has to be a nonprofit organization implementing development projects at the grass-roots level (Central Government and international organizations, as well as individuals and profit-oriented organizations, are not eligible).
  • The following lists are examples of potential recipients:
  • International or local NGOs
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs)
  • Local authorities
  • Health Institutions
  • Primary Schools and Vocational (Training) Schools
  • Other nonprofit associations