Summary of Grants and Intervention Programs 


funding criteria

NLTF intervention Program assists in improving the economic and social well being of a community.
Intervention project proposals selected for funding generally incorporate the following criteria. As a policy,Intervention projects must ensure;

  • Respond to initiatives and aspirations of the local community
  • Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor or material
  • Be maintained and operated by the benefiting community
  • Improve basic economic or social conditions in the community
  • Benefit a large number of people through high-impact, quickly implemented activities
  • Be completed within 6 months and not require additional funds to maintain
  • Have visible benefits for the community and be self-sustaining.

These criteria should be used as a guideline for applicants only.

NLTF intervention Program cannot provide funding for the following:

  • Religious activities (however, many religious organizations sponsor or supervise local community self-help activities that serve community needs rather than religious purposes and these activities may be eligible for assistance)
  • Police or military activities
  • Cultural activities
  • Salaries
  • Office supplies or other expendable supplies
  • Projects involving pesticides, fungicides or herbicides
  • Individually owned businesses or enterprises.

The Application
All requests for funding under the NLTF intervention Program should be made on the NLTF Project. Application form; Each question on the application must be completed before the application can be considered for funding.

The Agreement/MOU
If a project is selected to receive support, the project director designated on the application form will be notified and must sign an agreement with NLTF. This agreement explains the responsibilities of each party. The agreement commits funds expressed in Naira for the project. The Intervention Program cannot provide additional funds to a project after the agreement has been signed. The applicant responsible for the project must have sufficient financial resources to cover any project costs that exceed the amount provided by the NLTF.

Who can apply?
The Act does not specify who should apply for good cause funding, however, the NLTF accepts applications from:

  • Public sector organizations
  • Non-governmental
  • The private sector, where public benefit is expected to outweigh any private gain.

Acceptable Projects
Projects which may be funded by the NLTF Intervention Program include but are not limited to the following:

  • Sport related activities and facilities
  • Education related Intervention Projects
  • Water/sanitation Intervention Projects (wells, toilets, bore holes, etc)
  • Health Intervention Projects
  • Social Services
  • Management of Natural Disaster
  • Others

On approval of project proposal, grant shall be made which shall be in Tranches subject to fulfillment of agreed milestones.
1st Tranche — — — — — — -15%
2nd Tranche — — — — — — -50%
3rd Tranche — — — — — — -35%

For small-scale projects – for example, procurement of an off-the- shelf equipment, there will be a one-off-funding grant disbursement of 85% of the approved cost of the item or project. Procurement of vehicles, materials, charity are some of the examples.

Monitoring & Evaluation
Project directors or grant recipients are required to submit photographs and progress reports after the initial disbursement has been made and before the remaining funds will be released. Progress reports should discuss work completed to date, problems encountered, work remaining and schedule, outstanding anticipated costs and estimated date of project completion. A final project report and photographs must be provided to NLTF either before or in lieu of a commissioning ceremony.
After a project is underway, the grant recipients or his designated representative must attend the commissioning ceremony. Photographs of the project should be submitted to the NLTF to be used for record purpose. The applicant should recognize that NLTF representatives may be visiting the site of a Project even several years after the project has been completed. Project directors are asked to prepare a follow-up report for the Executive Secretary on the one-year anniversary of the completion of the project.This follow-up report should discuss how well the project has succeeded in meeting its goals, any difficulties in sustaining the project that may have been encountered, how the community has been affected by the project and what the future of the project is.

Project Compliance Checklist

The First (1st ) Tranche
Approval – In- Principle (Issued by the Trust Fund)
Evidence of Due Process, the documentation of which must contain the following:

  1. Evidence of Company-Registration;


  1. You have gone through the criteria for assessing fund for Intervention projects.
  2. Ensure that the under listed are uploaded here, as that will be the prerequisite to filling or downloading the form;
  • Evidence of registration with CAC
  • Evidence of registration with relevant bodies as the case may be
  • Evidence of technical competence
  • Evidence of compliance with ITF ACT
  • Certificate of compliance with Pension Act
  • Audited Account of the company for the past three years
  • Current year Tax and VAT registration
  • Certificate and endorsement of BPP {Bureau of Public Procurement}


Program of works (Approach Methodology & Work Plan endorsed by the beneficiary’s CEO).

The Second (2nd ) Tranche

  • Copies of letters of offer of award of funding and acceptance by applicants
  • Progress report forms/templates
  • Photographs of Implementation progress report
  • Expenditure on projects
  • Bank reconciliation statement
  • Evidence of acknowledgement of support/grant or project signboard to NLTF specification
  • Inspection report by Project Monitoring & Evaluation unit of the Department of Operations

The Third (3rd ) Tranche

  • Inspection report by project monitoring & evaluation unit of operations department certifying 100%
  • Project completion and closure
  • Project implementation report
  • Progress photographs showing an acknowledgement of funding by NLTF (i.e. standard signboard to NLTF’s specification)
  • Consultant final certificates
  • Project completion certificates
  • Expenditure on projects template
  • Bank reconciliation statement

Other assessment criteria
To ensure that the assessment and evaluation process in respect of funding an applicant meets high compliance standards, the following critical steps normally apply:

  • Acknowledgement of application for intervention support by the trust fund
  • Application details, namely: name of applicants, project description, cost, sector, timeline etc, must be provided by applicant for NLTF database capture.
  • The application is x-checked for compliance against key requirements and criteria.
  • The applicant completes/fills out project feasibility questionnaire and returns same to the Trust Fund for further action.
  • Assessment teams from intervention division visits project site to conduct project feasibility/appraisal to assess, among other things, such as the following: physical office location, staffing, capacity to undertake the project by showing evidence of previous experience/expertise, logistics, claims validation, motivations etc.
  • The applicant submits a project statement with details including necessary drawings i.e. architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, etc and other documentation such as Corporate Affairs Commission registration, tax clearance, due process PIN. etc.
  • Assessment teams prepares and submit to management a brief project case work on the applicant giving details on scope, aims and objectives, cost, benefits/deliverables, sustainability, etc.
  • Intervention unit prepares a detailed ‘project charter’ and submits same to management for review and recommendation.
  • Management reviews the report and the project charter jointly with intervention division preparatory for approval.
  • Management submits recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration and Mr. President’s subsequent approval.
  • If project/programme is approved by the President, the applicant signs performance bond and is issued an ‘approval-in- principle’ thereafter intervention funds are released in tranches as stated above.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation division of operation department steps-in to carry out supervision of projects under implementation and submits periodic reports for review and decision until project closure/termination.
  • Upon project completion/termination, grant recipient in conjunction with consultants and the trust fund hands-over completed project to the beneficiaries upon commissioning.
  • Intervention division reviews lessons learnt on the project/programme and ensures all project documents are archived in the project registry for record purposes.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation division advises on project replication or discontinuation as the case may be depending upon the outcome of the project.

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Our approach to Intervention is broad, integrated and inclusive covering the entire geo-political zones in Nigeria and is designed to achieve a ‘two-prong’ implementation strategy. The first is ‘targeted intervention programme’ initiated to articulate the critical needs of our communities through a ‘bottom-up approach’ fully supported by the people and key stakeholders in the communities to ensure long-term sustainability and encourage the protection of the legacies they will secure for the communities. The second approach is the normal applications received on regular basis and this refers to our ‘generic intervention programme’.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of all NLTF activity, and we work proactively to ensure that we provide an inclusive and fair environment for applicants, staff and grant recipients. Our commitment to social inclusion is demonstrated in our Funding Criteria and Project Compliance Checklist and support for grantees from under-represented social groups and people. Our Intervention Policy reflects this commitment and our strategy recognises the diverse socio-economic needs of our communities and people.

We are committed to the promotion and advancement of lottery funding for good cause intervention projects for socially under-privileged in our societies in both rural and urban settings.

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