On Friday, August 20, 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced a Small Grants Initiative to fund resilient community projects in seven Pacific Island countries.
The Initiative, which was developed by the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji through the Governance for Resilient Development in the Pacific (Gov4Res) Project, will fund a variety of development projects in the areas of agriculture, water, public health, energy, and infrastructure to help communities become more resilient.
During the virtual launch, the necessity for a fundamental shift in how community development is done was stressed in order to ensure that it can endure future climate change and calamities.
The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) Pacific collaborated on the Gov4Res Small Grants Initiative. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Pacific will benefit from the Initiative’s technical assistance and funds of up to US$30000 (CBOs).
Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu are all eligible to participate in the Initiative. Community development NGOs, CSOs, and CBOs are urged to apply by Thursday, September 16, 2021.