Samoa Civil Society Support Programme Meets Communities

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About $953,000 made available through aid from EU, Australia

By Iliā L. Likou

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Dec.18, 2013) – Samoa’s Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) opened its doors to the community on Monday for round four of funding in Samoa, which this year is at WST$2.25 million [US$953,309].

Held at the EFKS Hall Mulinu’u, the three-day programme was designed to help people considering answering the ‘call for proposals.’

More than fifty individuals from communities around the country showed interest to apply for the CSSP services in Upolu.

After the session in Upolu, the team left for two days in Savai’i, holding one session at Salelologa yesterday and with another at Asau today.

Project Principal Officer, Mathew Tofilau said the idea was to educate the community about ways to develop their proposals.

This is the third year since the CSSP started providing funding for communities to build and renovating houses, churches, schools, as well as providing equipment and other assistance.

The team distributed general application forms for the community and showed the guidelines that each applicant must follow when applying.

Applications will be assessed by the CSSP team, which will select successful applicants that meet all conditions and criteria.

"We also looked at the amount of funding that is now set aside for the fourth round."

"Our main vision is to help our people through programmes that upgrade their skills and knowledge in developing on their own," said Mr Tofilau.

"The aim is to raise the standard of living for Samoans."

He said that they have already seen a lot of improvement in projects since they started.

"Good governance is one of the options that we are looking at."

The deadline for applications is the 14th of February 2014.

He confirmed that the funds set aside for round four of CSSP programmes in Samoa is WST$2.25 million from the European Union and Australian aid.

"If anyone out there that wishes to apply and wants to know what we offer to help our people you can apply now, it is still open until the deadline."

The CSSP is located at the ground floor of the N.P.F. building Matafele, telephone number 24617.

Tables on the programme website give a breakdown of projects up until June 2012.

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