To foster development initiatives at grassroots level, through promoting  participation and ownership in sustainable self-help efforts, aimed at  improving the country’s overall socio-economic status and living standards of  the people, and achieving lasting peace.


To ensure timely and  appropriate support to the neediest people and areas, that may not necessarily  fall immediately or directly under Japanese assistance provided to the  Government of Sri Lanka through bilateral grants and loans, and /or technical  cooperation assistance.

GGP Focus Area

  • Projects which provide significant benefits to communities
  • Projects which fulfill urgent humanitarian needs
  • Important projects in term of basic human needs and human security

Criteria and  Eligibility required to Apply for GGP Assistance

  • NGOs  who are registered under the Sri Lankan Government (including local NGOs and international NGOs; in principle Japanese NGOs who are eligible for Grant Assistance for Japanese NGOs are excluded)
  • Nonprofit organizations such as local public organizations, educational institutions and medical institutions. If you are a local government agency such as municipal council, public school or hospital, however, an approval from the Central Government authority to receive foreign fund prior to the application is mandatory.
  • Agencies under the Central Government and International Organizations are not totally excluded from funding, but assistance is limited to only when other organizations are not eligible to implement the project.
  • Individuals and profit organizations are NOT eligible.
  • Each organization should have at least 2 years of experience in the field of the project scopes – submission of past two years’ audit reports is required.

Components Supported  and NOT Supported

The GGP covers tangible improvements, such as constructing school buildings, improving fundamental medical equipment at hospitals, improving water supplying system, etc.
However, intangible improvements such as capacity building amongst people can be also included in support when it maximizes the impact of the tangible part of the project.
The following areas are NOT financed by the GGP.
  • Projects for assisting research at advanced academic institutions and projects for improving the capacities of the recipient organization itself
  • Projects that are limited to commercial activities and creation of employment of particular individuals and organizations, and where the direct benefits for grass-roots activities are uncertain
  • Project that are not closely related to economic and social development (such as culture, arts, and sports related projects)
  • Projects with a political or missionary purpose or the intention of military use
  • Even if a project is eligible for the GGP, the following costs are NOT financed – consumables, small fixtures, running and maintenance costs of facilities and equipment, any form of taxes including VAT, and recipient organization’s administrative cost (staff salary, office rent, fuel, travel expenses, per diem charges, etc.).

Project Time Frame  and Budget

  • Project period is one year from the day of the contract.
  • Generally the grant ceiling per project is Yen 10 million.

How to Apply for GGP Scheme and Procedure after Applying

    (1)Project proposals / concept papers (English/ Sinhala/ Tamil) are accepted throughout the year.
 (2)However, if proposals are to be considered for funding within a current Japanese Fiscal Year,
  which runs from April 1st to March 31st, an applicant must submit proposals before September.
   (The Embassy of Japan will prepare an Annual Plan of funding in April, and it is Applicant’s
  advantage to submit proposals by March for early screening in next fiscal year.)
 (3)If the project is selected for funding or rejected, applicants are informed by the Embassy of Japan
  after the screening process is over.