By Vera Sam Anyagafu
As part of efforts to enhancing US-Nigeria diplomatic relationship, the US Consulate in Nigeria has awarded $453, 568 to 45 individuals, non-government organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions in Nigeria.
The grants according to US Consul General, John Bray, 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.
He disclosed that 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, having recognized the commitment of the grantee organizations working to improve the lives of community members through sustainable projects that bolster good governance, education, and health in the country.
“The US 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”, the CG said, adding that , “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.”
Going further, he said 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 and 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.