On February 20, 2018, the TY Danjuma Foundation awarded the sum of Two Hundred and Twelve Million, Two Hundred and Eighty-Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty naira (N212, 287,940) in grants to 19 non-governmental organizations to intervene in areas of Health and Education & Skills Training in 8 locations across 7 states -Taraba, Edo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Borno, Kaduna, and the Federal Capital Territory.
The grant award came at the end of a two-day event featuring a Learning Conference and Grantees Training organized by the Foundation for partners and grantees, which held at the Barcelona Hotels in Abuja.
Every year, the Foundation organizes a Learning Conference for its implementing partners as part of the Foundation’s grant making process, which serves to formally conclude a grant year, gauge lessons learned in the course of the grant year, provide an avenue for feedback to the partners on how the Foundation will make its grants more effective, and showcase the results of the grant year to the general public.
The Grantee Training formally announces the commencement of a grant year. Organizations that qualify for funding are trained in the Foundation’s grant making processes, reporting guidelines, expectation, and administration of grants as a measure to ensure seamless partnership in the execution of the projects in the grant cycle.
By the events, the Foundation has effectively concluded the 2017 grant cycle and flagged of the 2018 grant cycle.
For 2018, the Foundation will fund 23 projects. Projects funded under Community Health will focus on providing free comprehensive eye care, free surgeries for persons with craniofacial deformities, combat Neglected Tropical Disease, as well as provide free medical missions. While projects in Education and Skills Training will focus on teacher training, capacity building for SMBC, promoting girl child education, improving learning environment, and integrated school feeding.
Like every other grants year in the Foundation, health projects are awarded the chunk of fund allocation - 75 percent of the total funding - while education and skills training have 25 percent.
The Foundation’s partner for the 2018 grants implementation are; Care Vision Support Initiative, Social Welfare Network Initiative, Total Child Care Initiative, South Saharan Social Development Organisation, Pro Health International, Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation, School Hunters Education Development Initiative, All Children Charity International Foundation, Ideal Development and Resource Centre, St. Monica Health Center, and Mission to Save the Helpless.
With support of these partners, the Foundation strives to touch lives everyday while working to achieve its vision for a Nigeria where all have access to affordable health, quality education care and opportunities to realize their full potentials.