ENCISS offers grant to Civil Society
In its bid to actively improve accountability and strengthen citizen’s voice, ENCISS Sierra Leone Tuesday 18th held a press meeting at Santanno House where it was disclosed considerable number of civil society organizations were awarded financial grants.
The Executive Director, Mr. Victor Brandon noted however that his organization (ENCISS) is managed by Christian Aid and funded by UK Aid.
He said an amount totaling £1,579,023 (one million five hundred and seventy nine thousand and twenty three pounds) would be distributed to identified civil society organization as grant to enable implement various projects such as micro grant and strategic policy implementation.
That the third phase will run for three years -September 2011-October 2013- and an amount of £1,579,023,00 (one million five hundred and seventy nine thousand and twenty three pounds) has been allocated.
He said ENCISS focuses on five thematic areas which include Decentralization and Local Development, Gender and Development, Youth and Development, Support to the 2012 Elections, Justice and Security.
He also revealed that the first call for proposals was launched on 30th March to enable organizations submit expression of interest (EOI) for grants.
He said a total of 471 EOI forms were received and after an assessment, 108 organizations were short listed, and asked to submit full proposals.
He told members of the press that the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs and 47 civil society organizations (CSOs) have received various amounts in the form of grants totaling £ 1,579,023,00 (one million five hundred and seventy nine thousand and twenty three pounds) from Enciss.
He said the grant comprises 15 strategic, 14 project and 19 micro grants.
He Further noted that disbursements are made available in trenches; every three months for all projects after the submission of quarterly financial and narrative reports.
That ENCISS offer grants to CSOs and government agencies at national and district levels in line with the identified thematic areas of the programme.
He said ENCISS aims to bring together civil society, communities and state institutions and encourages active collaboration sharing thus promoting policies that addresses the needs of the poor and to bring about effective governance.
By Mary I. Kamara
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