Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects


The Government of Japan offers a financial assistance scheme called "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP)" for development projects designed to meet the diverse basic human needs of the people in developing countries since 1989.


This GGP scheme supports projects implemented by non-profit organizations such as NGOs, educational and medical institutes, who are eligible to receive foreign funds under the concerned law of the Government of India.


The GGP has acquired an excellent reputation worldwide for providing timely support to the development projects, which directly benefit the local communities at the grassroots level.


Eligible Applicant for the GGP Scheme in India


GGP applicant must meet all of the following criteria:


1) One of the following organizations:

a. International, National, or Local NGO

b. Hospital or Medical Institute

c. Educational Institute

d. Community-Based Organization (CBO)


2) Registered organization under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976


3) Registered organization under the relevant registration acts including national and state acts, such as below:

a. The Society Registration Act, 1860

b. Charitable and Religious Trusts Act, 1920

c. Religious Endowments Act, 1863

d. Indian Trust Act, 1882

e. Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956


4) Minimum 2 years of direct/related experience in the proposed field of activity


5) Not blacklisted or court-listed (having a pending case with a court) by the state/central government


Priority Areas of the GGP


The Followings are the major priority areas of the GGP


a. Basic Health Care

b. Primary Education and Adult Literacy

c. Poverty Alleviation

d. Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

e. Women's Empowerment

f. Child Welfare including Support for Street Children and elimination of Child Labor

g. Support for Persons with Disabilities

h. Preservation of Environment


Submission of Application Form


An applicant should take into account the following points while preparing project proposals.


a) The GGP Screening Committee places high priority on the necessity, impact, effectiveness and sustainability of the project.



b) The GGP does not cover recurring costs such as salaries, administrative and operating costs, and travel expenses. An applicant must finance these expenditures by itself or through other funds.


c) GGP project (e.g. Construction of buildings and installation of equipments) should be completed within one year of the sanction of the project. Therefore, the applicant is required to form a monthly action plan.


The initial assessment will be done based on the applicant's project proposal. An applicant who has earlier received GGP grant can apply again only after the previous project evaluation is completed by the GGP office.


An applicant is required to submit all the following documents along with the application form. The list is not exhaustive but gives the minimum documents to be submitted. Please note that the documents attached with the project proposal, once submitted, can not be returned to the applicant, even if so requested.




-Capacity-building of NGO staff/other NGOs cannot be covered under GGP.


-A project targeting on art/cross-cultural activities as well as higher education cannot be covered under GGP.


-In case the project generates profit, it should be utilized either to meet up the recurring cost of the GGP funded project or towards uplifting socioeconomic backward class.


-Please be aware that procedure of GGP requires certain time, in case the project is designed for emergency relief work. Sanction of such nature of projects will depend on the merit of the plan.


Funding –


The GGP funding is basically disbursed in two instalments within one fiscal year. The maximum amount per project is 10 million Japanese Yen (fixed). The grant is disbursed in US Dollars that is maximum US$ 70,376 for FY 2009. (For your reference, suppose the US$1 is equivalent to INR 45 then the maximum grant amount per project would be approximately 47 Lakhs).


Main Documents Required Are –


1.     Copy of the FCRA certificate

2.     Copy of FORM FC-3 submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs of India for the last 3 years

3.     Copies of the registration certificate under the relevant registration Act

4.     Brochures, pamphlets, and annual reports

5.     Audited financial statements for the last 3 years

6.     Organizational chart with a list of staff and executive members

7.     Maps and photographs indicating the location of the project site in the concerned state, as well as a route map from the nearest major city to the site

8.     Quotations of 3 different suppliers of proposed products and/or services duly signed by the suppliers (Each quotation must separately show the tax component.)

9.     Sanction letters from the donors, if projected in the proposal, which promise to support the specific expenses in the project


Application Form for JAPAN's GGP

Instructions for Filling up GGP Application Form


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