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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Ministry ready to receive application for Funding

The Ministry of Rural Development has announced it is ready to receive project applications for funds allocated under a 50-million dollar Rural Livelihood project.

Minister, Fred Fono says the project is funded by the government and each constituency is allocated one-million dollars.

He says 50-thousand dollars is the minimum amount any one community would apply for.

He however says the ministry will not be giving out application forms to interested communities like other projects where people normally fill out forms which they collect from the ministries.

Mr Fono says people are expected to submit their applications to the ministry in the form of a project proposal.

He says over the years, government has placed a lot of emphasis on small micro projects which were not successful.

He says the Rural Livelihood project is for government to support bigger projects in the rural areas which will impact on rural livelihood.

Mr Fono says communities will need to identify priority projects with the help of their member of parliament who is required to endorse the project application.

He however says once approved, funds will be paid directly to the supplier and members of parliament should help meet the cost of shipping and freight.

Source: SIBC

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