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Call for applications: “Don’t forget leprosy” Campaign Grant Program

In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the appointment of Yohei Sasakawa as a leprosy elimination ambassador in 2001, the Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) Initiative is running a campaign called “Don’t forget leprosy.” The campaign is designed to send the message that leprosy must not be overlooked amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when leprosy services have been disrupted and the lives of vulnerable communities of persons affected by leprosy have been hard hit. In order to spread this message, we are supporting awareness-raising activities and surveys by NGOS, organizations of persons affected by leprosy, universities, research institutes, medical associations and other bodies that agree with the objectives of the campaign.

Application period: November 1 (Monday) – November 12 (Friday), 2021 (Japan time)

Target organizations: NGOS, organizations of persons affected by leprosy, universities, research institutes, medical associations and other bodies that agree with the objectives of the “Don’t forget leprosy campaign”.

  • Organizations of persons affected by leprosy must apply together with a support organization. Those wishing to apply on their own should contact us in advance.
  • In principle, only one application per organization will be considered, in order to enable many organizations to participate.
  • Applications from individuals or commercial organizations will not be accepted. 

Details of Support:

【Program A】
① Awareness-raising using media (e.g. radio, TV, newspaper) in run-up to World Leprosy Day and after.
② Grass-roots awareness-raising (e.g. events, advocacy) in association with activities around World Leprosy Day

Project Period: January 3 (Monday) – February 25 (Friday), 2022 (approx. 2 months)

Grant Amount: Up to US$5,000

Expenses Covered: Expenses necessary for carrying out the project, such as PR expenses, communication fees, volunteer training costs, volunteer transportation costs, daily allowance, transport and personnel expenses of persons in charge.

【Program B】
①Survey on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on persons affected by leprosy and their families
②Survey on discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, as above
③Survey on socio-economic situation of communities of persons affected by leprosy

Project Period: January 3 (Monday) – May 31 (Tuesday), 2022 (5 months)

Grant Amount: Up to US$10,000

Expenses Covered: Expenses necessary for carrying out the project, such as PR expenses, communication fees, volunteer training costs, volunteer transportation costs, daily allowance, transport and personnel expenses of persons in charge.
・The unused balance of the grant must be refunded.

Notes:

  • Applying for grants under Program A and Program B at the same time is not permitted.
  • Following the completion of Program B, the survey results will be announced at an event hosted by the Sasakawa Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) Initiative.
  • The organization must have a bank account to receive the grant.
  • As a general rule, management costs should account for no more than 10% of project costs.
  • Please contact us in advance regarding the purchase of equipment such as personal computers.
  • Please retain proof of all expenditures.
  • Items not covered: Personnel costs not related to the project, management costs exceeding 10% of the total grant, expenditures that cannot be justified such as purchases of assets such as motorcycles, cars and land.

How to Apply:
Please use the Online Application Form.

  • Only applications that have passed the initial screening will receive notification by November 22 (Monday) of a request for a budget.
  • An online interview will be organized, as necessary.
  • The deadline for submitting the budget is November 30 (Tuesday).

Online Application Draft Form
Project outline and Budget Form (Fill in after passing the initial screening)

Examination Criteria:
Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria

  • Reliability of the organization (track record, appropriate information disclosure, whether or not the organization has legal person status)
  • Ability to send reports, communicate information in English
  • Organization is willing to continue the project activity after the end of the grant period by putting in place a plan and system to do so.
  • Project objectives are clear and appropriate, and will have a large impact.

Examination Schedule (Japan time)

Grant applicationNovember 1 (Monday) – November 12 (Friday), 2021
Notification of results of initial screeningNovember 22 (Monday), 2021
Deadline to submit budget documentsNovember 30 (Tuesday), 2021
Online interview *To be scheduled as necessaryNovember 22 (Monday) – December 10 (Friday), 2021
Notification of results of second screeningDecember 15 (Wednesday), 2021

Project Schedule

<Program A>

Project PeriodJanuary 3 (Monday) – February 25 (Friday), 2022
Conclusion of ContractDecember 20 (Monday) – December 27 (Monday), 2021
RemittanceJanuary 12 (Monday), 2022
Final ReportMarch 11 (Friday), 2022

<Program B>

Project PeriodJanuary 3 (Monday) – May 31 (Tuesday), 2022
Conclusion of ContractDecember 20 (Monday) – December 27 (Monday), 2021
Remittance (80% of total)January 12 (Wednesday), 2022
Final ReportJune 14 (Tuesday), 2022
Final remittance (balance of payment up to contract amount)Middle of July 2022

Handling of personal information
Personal information collected at the time of the grant application will be used for administrative purposes related to the grant project, grant recruitment, event information, questionnaire implementation and various notifications, in accordance with the Foundation’s policy on the protection of personal information.

If you have any questions about these application guidelines, please contact us at: grant@shf.or.jp.