The Small Grants Scheme (SGS) is a Government development program that provides funds for ad hoc community projects which cannot be funded by other programs of Ministries and Departments.  The Scheme aims to assist both rural and peri-urban disadvantaged communities in having access to Government funded assistance.

As a matter of policy, the SGS assistance stipulates that this fund is to be used to assist community-based projects and not to assist individual requests.  Assistance is open to all ethnic communities and projects have to be channeled through the respective Provincial Administrator and the Divisional Commissioners Office.

 

NO OF PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED UNDER 2011 SMALL GRANTS SCHEME                        

                                      (ALLOCATION - $1,000,000)

SECTOR OF ASSISTANCE NO OF PROJECTS VALUE OF ASSISTANCE % BY SECTOR
EDUCATION 33 $                         773,764.29 78
VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT 14 $                         108,510.50 11
RURAL ROADS 1 $                           42,000.00 4
OTHER PROJECTS 4 $                           67,816.05 7
TOTAL 52 $                         992,090.84 100
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SGS is an effective, visible and tangible way of assisting different communities in Fiji for their development needs.  The program supports Government policy in promoting and strengthening partnership with communities towards a self-help approach to development initiatives.

The ultimate aim of the Scheme is to empower the beneficiaries to be self-sustainable through working in partnership with the Government and ultimately taking full ownership of projects that actually originated from them.
The Small Grants Scheme has largely assisted communities in the following areas:
  • Education
  • Integrated Village Development
  • Youth Development
  • Women’s groups
  • Minority groups settlement development