Grant is an instrument of change, an instrument of societal impact for non-profits. Grant proposal is an opportunity for persons or organizations to invest in a social change which, individually they may not be able to effect.
One of the first and foremost responsibilities of every Emerging Leader is to establish a social enterprise in the area of personal interest for community development. During the Foundation Conference, which initiates and inaugurates a person into membership of the Centre, either as emerging political, business, religious, judicial or media leader; developmental issues in these fields are excavated, dissected for Emerging Leaders in the different fields to grasp a focus area for societal impact. Consequently, there has been over 52 social enterprises established by the Centre which has impacted 10000 persons.
However, a recurrent challenge faced by these change makers is inadequate fund. While some may have interest in causing a social change, and due to time or space limitations, are unable to carry out such, others who have the spatial wherewithal, lack financial support. It is in a synergetic alignment of these two categories that the center organized a grant proposal writing class for Emerging Leaders.
Mr. Onyebuchi, one of our Career Building and Entrepreneurship Project(CBEP) consultants, has in the past month taken Emerging Leaders, selflessly, through the detailed process of writing grant proposal. The weekly webinar hosted on zoom had about 9 periods. When asked for the motivation behind the diligence and commitment he displayed, Mr Onyebuchi replied thus,
“when I transmit knowledge, I feel joy. No amount of money can quantify that. I am a beneficiary of other’s benevolence and I want to volunteer to impact people like I was impacted upon. If I do it alone, I can’t but if I raise people like me, we would make a lot of changes. I want to raise people who are as stubborn as I am to change the status quo”
We hope this landmark leap will connect all advocates of social change and actors in joint resource accumulation for more societal impact.
UJA, JOY CHIGOZIE