Small Grants Program

Friends of Liberia (FOL) invites applications for small grants of up to $3000 supporting programs in Education, Psycho-Social Support System Rehabilitation and Entrepreneurship. Organizations operating in Liberia and involved in any of the programs listed below may apply. An organization may also apply for a project that is related to a program listed below.

Education

General education by schools

  • Developing literacy skills in children
  • Training of teachers
  • Education of girls

Health education

  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs for schools including structural facilities for sanitation purposes
  • Training of teachers in implementing health education curriculum
  • Educating communities about basic health and hygiene practices. Communities with school health education programs will be favored.
  • Projects focusing on educational and support for medical staff (doctors, midwives, nurses, etc.).
  • Programs educating maternity patients about hygiene and health

Psycho-Social Support System Rehabilitation

Orphans (children and youth)

Programs that provide nurturing environments with education, shelter, food, etc. for orphans with plans for sustainability and self- independence for children and youth.

Programs should go beyond immediate or short-term counseling.  Support should be long-term and enable orphans to become independent and productive members of society.

Ebola-Related

Programs supporting individuals that are stigmatized as a result of contracting the Ebola virus. Goals of programs should be to help people rebuild their lives, but nature of support or intervention will be evaluated on case- by-case basis for the applications.

Communities may include geographic locations and sites that were devastatingly impacted by the outbreak, as well as sectors, such as medical staff and healthcare practitioners.

Entrepreneurship (Micro-financing)

Individuals

Programs supporting micro-financing projects for individuals affected by Ebola (survivors, orphans, families of victims, market/sellers impacted by limited access to goods, etc.). Programs may have a two-pronged approach with both economic/micro-financing and psycho-social support benefits.

Organizations

Established, sustainable micro-financing groups that need additional seed money to extend opportunities to more people.


Grants Awarded



Eligibility

Only nonprofit organizations working independently of the government of Liberia are eligible to apply.

The organization must be officially registered by the Liberian government as a not-for-profit organization, or be partnered with such.

Preference will be given to organizations based in Liberia.

An organization may submit no more than one grant application per year.

FOL will not award a grant that is the exclusive source of support for the program or project proposed.

FOL generally will not accept a grant application based upon a program or project for which a previous grant was awarded. (FOL, at its initiative, may encourage a grantee to apply for a continuation grant.)


Criteria for Award

Some of the following factors will be taken into consideration in the application review process:

The organization
• Has diverse Liberian membership
• Respects talents and skills of Liberians
• Leverages funds with other funding sources/partners

The project
• Responds to the needs of Liberians
• Builds community awareness in all parts of Liberia
• Builds capacity for self-reliance
• Is sustainable
• Directly addresses one or more of the programs listed under the three broad categories.
• Does not substitute for inherently governmental functions
• Fills a niche in post-Ebola recovery needs
• Has clear evaluation procedures


 

Application Procedures

  • The FOL Grants Program Committee must receive proposals by:
    January 1 to be recommended for funding during the March board meeting
    OR
    July 1 to be recommended for funding during the September board meeting.
  • Applications must be sent electronically to the FOL Grants Program Committee at: fol.programs@yahoo.com, addressed to Dr. Blidi Stemn, Committee Chair.
  • The application must include all of the following:
  1. Cover page with:
    • Name of organization
    • Title of the project
    • Names, titles, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of both the responsible officer and an alternate responsible officer of the organization
    • Mailing address of the organization
    • Date of the Application
  2. Information demonstrating
    • Familiarity with Liberia
    • A brief statement of the history, purpose, and activities of your organization
    • Certification that the organization is currently registered as a not-for-profit organization in Liberia with the appropriate Ministry and/or the Liberian Business Registry
  3. An executive summary (not to exceed one page) that includes but is not limited to:
    • Problem: A brief statement of the problem or need your agency organization has recognized and is prepared to address
    • Solution: A short description of the project, including what will take place and how many people will benefit from the project when completed, how and where it will operate, for how long, and who will staff it.
    • Funding requirements: An explanation of the amount of grant money required for the project and how much are you requesting from FOL and why. What your plans are for funding the project in the future?
    • Organization’s Expertise: A brief statement emphasizing the organization’s capacity to carry out this proposal.
    • Expected challenges, and how they will be mitigated
  4. A thorough explanation of the proposed program, not to exceed five pages, including:
    • Goal
    • Objectives and the means by which they will be both measured and evaluated
    • Timetable: Activities or purchases funded by a Small Grant must begin or be made after the grant is awarded
    • Project staff and material resources to be utilized
    • Detailed budget, including non-FOL funds, and in-kind contributions. Indicate which specific expenses in the budget would be funded by the grant from FOL

Downloadable Aids

Click=> Application Checklist

Click=> Project Completion Report Form