Embassy of Japan in Thailand: Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects
Applications are now open for the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects scheme (GGP), one of the ODA schemes to promote socio-economic development at the grassroots level as well as to maintain Human Security by directly supporting existing projects implemented by non-profit organizations such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and medical/ educational institutions.
The Government of Japan extends Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Thailand to assist the social and economic development of the country. GGP provides the projects with effective means to help them achieve their own goals more efficiently and effectively.
Focal Areas of Assistance
- GGP mainly targets areas that aim to improve Basic Human Needs (BHN) such as projects that are highly beneficial at the grass-roots level and those that require timely support on humanitarian grounds. Typical projects include improvement of the basic education facilities, improvement of fundamental medical equipment for hospitals. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) or BOP (Base of the Pyramid) projects in collaboration with Japanese companies can be supported by GGP.
- In principal, the grant amount is not more than 10 million yen (approximately 2.8 million THB) per project; however, a maximum of 100 million yen will be considered for projects which strongly reflect human security aspects.
- The grant amount will be transferred to the approved projects in two tranches, depending on the characteristics of the project and at the Embassy’s discretion.
- The project must be completed within one year after the signing of the grant contract.
The following areas will NOT be eligible for GGP assistance:
- Projects which do not directly benefit the grassroots level, e.g. research activities in higher educational institutes, expansion of administrative facilities of the applicant organization etc.
- Commercial activities.
- Non socio-economic development projects, e.g., artistic, cultural and sports activities.
- Political, missionary, and military activities.
- Additional grants for the same projects.
- Projects to be implemented in Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani provinces or the southern part of Songkhla province (for security reasons)
- The target group of the projects should be “socially vulnerable people” whose situation would worsen without the project.
- Non-profit organizations as specified below:
- Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs),
- Community Based Organizations (CBOs),
- Medical Institutes (e.g. hospitals, health centers, etc.),
- Educational Institutes (e.g. public schools),
- Local Governments (e.g. Tambol Administration Organizations).
- Individuals and commercial organizations are not eligible.
- In addition:
- An applicant organization needs to have been active in the same or similar activity areas for at least two years.
- If the actual implementing organization (i.e. recipient of the funds) is different from the applicant (i.e. coordinating organization), the applicant should clearly indicate the necessity or benefit of such an arrangement.
- At the Japanese Embassy’s discretion, shortlisted applicants will be required to present comprehensive information about their proposals prior to pre-survey.
For more information, visit Embassy of Japan in Thailand.