Nigeria’s leading grant making non-profit, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation has announced its partnership with 25 non-governmental organizations who will support its bid to tackle some of the nation’s social deficits. This announcement was made by the Foundation’s CEO, Osayi Alile who recently spoke about the 2018 ACT foundation grant.
“After a successful first year of grant-making we have seen tremendous changes in communities where we have worked, impacting on the lives of over 65,000 Nigerians; and this has spurred us to do more. We are proud to present the 25 grantee organizations we will be working with for the year to make positive social changes in our communities”, Alile added.
The 2018 ACT Foundation grant cycle will fund 25 non-profits working across the areas of Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Leadership. Considering the enormous challenges encountered with regards to social and economic survival, it has become a matter of necessity for programs aimed at improving the standard of living for Nigerians be implemented. Thus, these select organizations who possess proven track records will initiate innovative solutions to addressing challenges and associated vulnerabilities persisting within the country.
The Foundation’s health initiatives will focus on the areas such as prostate, breast and cervical cancers, malaria interventions and maternal and child health. Entrepreneurial initiatives will focus on skills development and financial literacy programs; with environmental projects being centered on waste management and water sanitation. The aspect of leadership which is very crucial to the country’s development will be hinged on youth empowerment and capacity building.
Speaking about the new grant cycle, the CEO, Post-Partum Support Network Africa (PSN), Onyedikachi Ekwerike, expressed his delight in being an ACT foundation grantee for the second time. “The defining moment for my organization was being chosen as a 2017 grantee of ACT foundation. This partnership helped our organization grow by leaps and bounds and we are delighted to be a 2018 recipient”.
The 2018 ACT Foundation grant cycle will see the organization partner with 25 non-profit organizations through funding and capacity building. With capacity building cited as a prominent and lingering issue in the social sector, ACT foundation through its grant aims to instill in its grantees the knowledge and skills required to improve on their work, as well as to offer them necessary support to encourage the growth of Africa’s development sector.
The 2018 ACT Foundation grant is in line with the organizations aim to support local, national and regional non - profit organizations working to address challenges and associated vulnerabilities across the African Continent. The 2017 ACT foundation grant which supported 22 organizations was instrumental to touching the lives of over 65,000 Nigerians across 23 states in the country.