Grants

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Grants Program

Goal

The goal of Friends of Nigeria's grant program is to fund real, concrete projects in Nigeria that help Nigerians take charge of their lives and overcome the effects of poverty and lack of development.  Our current emphasis is on Maternal Health and Fistula Repair, provision of health care to otherwise unserved villages, support of NGOs that respond to local emergencies, provision of support to internally displaced persons who are fleeing from Boko Haram violence, and infrastructure for computer training programs. 

Priorities

FON prioritizes projects that directly involve local people in the decision-making process, will result in specific, material results, and address clear needs.  Examples include:

1. The provision of medical supplies for a group involving volunteers to provide medical clinics to otherwise unserved villages.

2. Providing solar panels and batteries to a computer training facility to enable it to avoid the cost of running a generator during the frequent outages of the local electrical system.   Similarly providing replacement batteries for a rural solar system whose batteries had expired for a village health clinic.

3. Support for a local organization seeking out victims of fistula, providing comprehensive maternal health support, and educating rural populations in the causes and prevention of fistula.

4. Support of a middle belt NGO responding to farmer-herder violence by rebuilding burned-out homes and trying to shame the local government into providing similar services.

5. Provision of seed capital for micro-lending, primarily to female entrepreneurs.


History

Here is a summary of the grants we have made over the years:

Year Amount Cumulative
1998 500.00 500.00
1999 500.00 1000.00
2000 382.00 1382.00
2001 7000.00 8382.00
2002 2,409.00 10,791.00
2003 2,691.00 13,482.00
2004 2,570.00 16,052.00
2005 6,000.00 22,052.00
2006 6,700.00 28,752.00
2007 12,935.00 41,687.00
2008 9,000.00 50,687.00
2009 11,116.00 61,803.00
2010 25,495.00 87,298.00
2011 21,277.00 108,575.00
2012 19,523.00 128,098.00
2013 20,311.25 148,409.25
2014 15,440.00 163,849.25
2015 15,840.88 179,690.13
2016 11,500.00 191,190.13
2017 43,250.00 234,440.13
2018 39,550.00 273,990.13

Disbursements are funded by contributions and surplus dues not required for operational expenses.  Here is a summary of the contributions members have donated over the years:

Contributions

Year Amount Cumulative
1999 1,162.74 1,162.74
2000 1,480.50 2,622.24
2001 4,945.33  7,589.57
2002 3,121.50 10,711.07
2003 1,733.50 12,455.57
2004 4,685.45 17,141.02
2005 9,329.25 26,470.27
2006 7,834.52 34,304.79
2007 11,645. 62 45,950.41
2008 12,445.00 58,395.41
2009 12,228.20 70,623.61
2010 16,119.62 86,743.23
2011 13,144.87 99,888.10
2012 12,144.87 112,825.10
2013 16,085.20 128,910.30
2014 15,771.56 144,681.86
2015 13,030.41 157,712.27
2016 14,360.00 172,072.27
2017 35,003.82 207,076.09
2018 35,225.29 242,301.38

Now things will get a little more complicated.  Here is a presentation of the grants by the recipient organization, by year.  The first 10 years:

Recipient Organization 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Niger Wives Braille Project 500                    
St. Mary's School   500                  
Sister Rita's Mother Welfare Group     382                
Ashoka       7000 320 290 28        
Books for Africa         2089 1386 143        
PCNAF           1015          
VSO             2400 6000 6700 11935 4000
Fantsuam                   1000 5000
We Care Solar                      
AUN Foundation                      
ACHI                      
Heller Project                      
NPCA Ebola Relief                      
EngenderHealth                      
DOVENET                      
Women Make Movies                      
Open Doors for Special Learners                      
Mediwat Computer School                      
Gadar Maiwa Primary Health Center                      
Yearly Total: 500 500 382 7000 2409 2691 2571 6000 6700 12935 9000
Recipient Organization 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Niger Wives Braille Project                     500
St. Mary's School                     500
Sister Rita's Mother Welfare Group                     382
Ashoka   7000                 14638
Books for Africa                     3618
PCNAF                     1015
VSO 6400 2900 12177 6373 9457 7650 1493       77485
Fantsuam 4716 12595 5600 2250 5854 5290 5840 3000 7000 5000 63145
We Care Solar   3000 3000               6000
AUN Foundation     500 500   2000 3500 3500 3000 3000 16000
ACHI       8400 5000   5008 5000 15250 8050 46708
Heller Project       2000             2000
NPCA Ebola Relief           500         500
EngenderHealth                 5000   5000
DOVENET                 10000 16000 26000
Women Make Movies                 2000   2000
Open Doors for Special Learners                 1000   1000
Mediwat Computer School                   4500 4500
Gadar Maiwa Primary Health Center                   3000 3000
Yearly Total: 11116 25495 21277 19523 20311 15440 15841 11500 43250 39550 273991

The last 10 years and recipient totals: 273991

Selection Criteria

Friends of Nigeria has strived to support projects that emphasize quantifiable results.  Numbers of medicines or medical treatments given.  Building improvements that result in an improved ability to deliver results.  Microlending capital that results in ongoing loans to female entrepreneurs.  Refugee relief that results in internally displaced persons being fed or educated.  Crisis relief that results in people kept from starvation or people able to rebuild their homes.  Community education that results in improved local knowledge of maternal health issues and the identification of candidates for fistula surgery.  Provision of solar cells or batteries that enable organizations to avoid spending precious capital on generators and fuel to fill in the time that the grid does not provide electricity.

 

Friends of Nigeria has also strived to support projects that directly involve local people in a decision-making way.  Working with local governments to identify where and how to repair roads and infrastructure.  Working with local community groups to spread knowledge of maternal health issues and fistula prevention.  Working with local groups to provide computer education and computer hardware so that students can prepare to take the required exams with computers.

Application Process

At various times over the years, there has been a subcommittee of the board of directors that evaluates project requests.  Then for a while, we tried having the entire board choose which projects to fund.  The entire board process did not work as well as the subcommittee approach, so we have recently re-established a project committee.  It has not published an application outline, but stay tuned, it may soon.  At any rate, document your project and communicate it to any board member, who will make sure that it is communicated onto the committee.

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