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Grant to benefit underprivileged

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, March 22, 2014

THE Australian Government believes its latest $1million funding program will better benefit the impoverished and underprivileged in Fiji because of its participatory approach.

Facilitated through the Fiji Community Development Program and Australian Aid, the Community Action Program is expected to deliver better results, says FCDP team leader Michael Brownjohn.

"This approach promotes and expects close civil society organisation engagement with communities to identify and prioritise their development needs in a participatory way, which will then be reflected in the funding proposals that CSOs submit to FCDP on behalf of these communities," he said.

"It is intended that this approach will encourage communities to contribute to their own development and FCDP grants to CSOs will complement the communities' contribution."

Mr Brownjohn said the amounts provided to each CSO would depend on the location of communities supported, travel costs and the types of activities to be funded.

"Approximately $1m is available for up to 30 communities in the first instance. This amount includes CSO training, costs for community visits and the small grants."

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