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Japan Assistance for Grassroots
Human Security Projects (GGP)

Applications open all year round

The Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) is a framework that essentially supports NGOs and local public institutions in order to respond to various development needs in a prompt and precise manner, but on a comparatively small scale.


The GGP primarily targets projects contributing to improve Basic Human Needs at the community level, building on the concept of “Human Security”.

Eligible Recipients

The Embassy of Japan to the Cook Islands in New Zealand accepts applications from the following organisations that have at least two years of operational background in the Cook Islands:


  1. Non-Government Organisations (NGOs);

  2. Local Government Units (LGUs); and

  3. Non-Profit Organisations such as public schools and medical institutes.


*Individuals and profit organisations are NOT eligible.

Grant Amount

Japan’s GGP grant is generally capped at 10 million Japanese yen (approximately NZ$ 119,047 in FY 2023 per project. (Note: Exchange rates fluctuate year by year).

Project Areas

Projects that fall within the following areas can be assisted:


1.    Meeting Basic Human Needs

  • Health and Medical Care:

    • ​Upgrading of health stations and units, and hospitals in rural areas and in strategic outlying areas

    • Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning or Reproductive Health in areas with high fertility rates.

  • Portable Water:

    • Water system development in rural areas with no access to water.

    • Water quality improvement in areas with high incidence of water-borne diseases.

2.    Social Welfare

  • Welfare and empowerment of marginalised sectors (children, elderly, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, women, etc).

3.    Education and Human Resource Development

  • Building and repairing school buildings in rural areas and schools with poor educational environments.

  • Building and repairing training centre buildings for human resource development and community development.

4.    Environmental Protection/Disaster Relief

  • Community-Based Resource Management:

    • Coastal Resource Management

    • Agro-Forestry/Reforestation

    • Biodiversity Conservation

    • Solid Waste Management

  • Disaster Relief (for internally displaced people and victims of natural disaster).

5.    Reduce Vulnerability

  • Strengthening sustainable economic infrastructure

    • Community's Fisheries, Agriculture Development.

Templates and Guidelines

GGP Project Portfolio

These are examples of the projects that the Embassy of Japan in Cook Islands has supported through the GGP:


The Project for the Improvement of the Mental Health Respite Centre, Rarotonga (2011)


The Project for the Improvement of the Fire Rescue Station in Teimurimotia, Rarotonga (2015)


The Project for the Establishment of the Fire Rescue Station and Provision of fire Trucks to Aitutaki (2019)


The Project for the Establishment of Water Tanks in Atiu Island (2014)


The Project for the Construction of Water Irrigation System for Sustainable Taro Plantation in Puna Tavaenga Village in Mangaia (2018)


The Project for Replacement of Septic Tanks and Water Fountain at Takitumu School, Rarotonga (2019)


How to Apply

Enquiries relating to the Grant can be submitted to

Project Proposals must be submitted to 

For further assistance and clarification please contact the Embassy of Japan to the Cook Islands in New Zealand on or alternatively visit

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