The United States Consulate yesterday in Lagos awarded $453,568 to 45 Nigerian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academic institutions.
The grants is expected to 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, and the promotion of mutual understanding.
The grant is part of the US mission in Nigeria to promote a healthier and happier population of the federation.
Speaking at the grant award ceremony , the US Consul General, John Bray recognised the commitment of the grantee organizations working to improve the lives of community members through sustainable projects that bolster good governance, education and health.
According to him, “The Consulate’s grant award program is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support Nigeria’s economic development, improve livelihoods, and strengthen communities.
“The U.S. 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 organizations and individuals committed to strengthening communities and empowering fellow Nigerians,” Bray added.
Every year, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos invites non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and individuals working in 17 states in southern Nigeria to submit proposals that seek innovative solutions to challenges facing local communities.
In response to the 2018 call for proposals, the U.S. Consulate received approximately 2000 strong and diverse project submissions, and as a result made awards ranging from $3,922 up to $80,000, depending on the proposed scope of activities.