FG Unveils Conditional Grant Scheme for Traders, 50k Each for 1million Traders

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.