The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) is pleased to announce that the LGBT Community Fund has awarded a total of NGN 550,000 in funding to four recipients. The Application Review Board of the LGBT Community Fund made the selections for the award.
The recipients are two vocational training awardees (who were provided with NGN 100,000 and NGN150, 000 respectively) and two awardees for the Small and Medium Enterprises category (provided with NGN 150,000 each).
This is the first award to be made by the Fund. A total of 12 applications were received for the first quarter of 2016, from which four entries were selected. Rejected applications were based on issues of non-compliance with the guidelines and lack of a detailed business plan for those applying under the Small and Medium Enterprise category.
The LGBT Community Fund is a quarterly award that polls resources from members of the LGBT community and their allies in order to increase economic empowerment for other LGBT community members across Nigeria. The Fund is expected to increase the economic power of the Nigerian LGBT community and strengthen community involvement and ownership in the fight for LGBT equality in Nigeria. The Fund is a local initiative and intended solely for LGBT persons living in Nigeria.
Interested applicants can download the application form and the guidelines HERE. Completed forms should be returned to: LGBTCFNigeria@initiative4equality.org as an email attachment, together with scanned copies of any other supporting documents as stated in the guidelines. The next Application deadline is 30th of May 2016. Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered during the next review period.
To learn more about the LGBT community fund, kindly contact TIERs by phone (0800225584377, open for question on the fund between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday) or email LGBTCFNigeria@initiative4equality.org.