SIMAP offering grants for ‘vulnerable groups’ projects

Stabroek News
January 7, 2003

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The Social Impact Amelioration Programme (SIMAP) is offering grants for projects aimed at addressing the problems of vulnerable groups including the elderly, abused women and children and those living with HIV.

According to an advertisement, the programme, SIMAP (lll) provides for a community services component that finances the provision of selected social services to vulnerable groups through Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community-based Organisations (CBOs).

SIMAP has set out various eligible groups which can be targeted in proposals. Provisions should be made for the elderly, the disabled, abused/battered women, at-risk youth and children, single parents of low income households, individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS, homeless persons/families and substance abusers.

SIMAP says projects should range between US$15,000 to US$50,000 and must provide social services to one or more designated target groups within a 12-18 month period.

Evidence of beneficiary consultation in the design of the proposed programme, including selection of the proposed services, must be provided. Counterpart funding in the amount of 10% of the total project cost is also required.

As specified by SIMAP, NGOs and CBOs must have membership of 12 of more persons, in addition to the members of the management committee. Proposals must be delivered by 2 pm on February 13 to the SIMAP office.

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