Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration encourages all non-profit organizations (NPOs) and Government of Guam agencies to apply for the Qualifying Certificate Community Contribution (QCCC) Grant Program Series 5. Administered by the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA), the QCCC supports local priorities and community needs that are project-based, pandemic-affected, and workforce or entrepreneurial-related by awarding grant funding from community contributions of up to $25,000 to eligible non-profit organizations and government agencies. The grant application period opens on November 15, 2021, and closes on December 3, 2021 at 5 p.m.
“Since the start of our Administration, it has always been a priority to push out as much funding to as many organizations as possible. We have received great feedback about the accessibility of this program and its effectiveness in getting local funds through qualifying certificate community contributions to the organizations that need it most,” said Acting Governor Josh Tenorio. “To date, GEDA has distributed nearly $1.1 million to 78 projects focused on health care, public safety, higher education, cultural preservation, tourist attractions, sports tourism, and economic development. We encourage non-profits and GovGuam agencies with eligible programs to apply.”
“When the pandemic first hit, we were trying to figure out how this organization is going to move in terms of communicating with the community. This grant funding came at a very good time,” said Monica Limtiaco, program manager of Guma’ Mami, a community-based non-profit serving individuals with disabilities and a previous recipient of the QCCC Grant. “We were able to purchase laptops for the organization where families were now able to connect for the first time. Not only were we able to connect with families on Guam, but it was the first time we were able to connect with families from off-island, and for that, we’re very grateful for the grant.” To hear more about Guma’Mami, click here.
“Breaking Wave for the past two years has done a series called Unspoken, which is a series about mental health and substance abuse. We were hoping that we would be able to do a live show again this year, but because of how things played out, we ended up not being able to do that,” said James Aevermann, treasurer of the Breaking Wave Theatre Company (BWTC), a non-profit theatre organization utilizing the arts to nurture individuals and build communities. “A lot of the funding that we got from GEDA helped to shift that from being a live show into being a prerecorded show. A program like GEDA’s QC grants, it’s been a lifesaver. Out of all the grants that we’ve ever gotten, this was probably the smoothest and easiest grant that we’ve ever applied for.” To hear more about BWTC, click here.
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit investguam.com for more information. GEDA is accepting grant applications via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant funding is provided by Qualifying Certificate Community Contributions from the Guam Regional Medical City.