Presidential Palliative Programme: FG roll out Conditional Grant Scheme for Traders

The Federal Government says it has rolled out a Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme to empower nanobusinesses as part of the Presidential Palliative Programme.

This initiative is implemented by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment with the Bank of Industry as the executing agency.

According to a statement by the Bank of Industry, the scheme offers grants, without repayment obligations, to eligible small business owners operating in various sectors such as trading, food services, ICT, transportation, creatives, and artisans.

By focusing on this often-overlooked group of business owners, the program seeks to unlock the potential of Nigeria’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem and drive sustainable economic development at the grassroots level.

The PCGS targets 70 percent women and youth, 10 percent people with disabilities, and 5 percent senior citizens, with the remaining 15 percent distributed to other demographics.

The N50,000 grant per beneficiary will reach one million small businesses in the 774 local government areas and the six council areas in the Federal Capital Territory.

Successful applicants must meet specific criteria, including owning a small business with progressive economic potential, a willingness to grow, and engaging at least one additional staff member when necessary.

Applicants also provided proof of residential/business address and relevant personal and bank account information before the December 18, 2023, deadline.

Beneficiaries of the initiative have been selected through a process that includes the verification of each business owner through their National Identification Number and Bank Verification Number.

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