European Union would soon award grants totaling Two hundred and Ten million naira ((N210,000.00) to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) for the implementation of community-based actions that will boost sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene services delivery in urban and small towns in five Niger Delta states- Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers.
According to information available on the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria website, out of this total sum, grants worth N147m would be allocated to CSOs and NGOs with innovative projects on sustainable access to improved water supply and basic sanitation services delivery, and proper hygiene practices; while the balance N63m would be allocated to fund projects aimed at addressing environmental pollution and poor water quality challenges in the Niger Delta States and implementing suitable solutions.
A call for proposals to this effects was recently launched and the award of the grant contracts to successfully NGOs/CSOs is expected to hold early 2015.
The civil society grant programme is being implemented under the Water and Sanitation component of the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP) financed by Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).
The total budget for the NDSP is €65, 8000,000, of which the EDF is contributing €56,000,000, the five participating Niger Delta States, the ten participating Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the benefitting communities are contributing €9,200,000, while the UNICEF is contributing €600,000.
NDSP was designed to provide support for the peace process, conflict prevention and local governance in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria; and has four components –water supply and sanitation, public finance management, youth employment and microprojects.
The Water and Sanitation component of the NDSP started in February 2013, and is addressing the issue of poor access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities in the five participating States -Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers; with particular focus on improving policy, institutional, legal and financial framework in the water and sanitation sector; and supporting urban and small towns’ sector institutions to deliver sustainable water supply services.