All you need to know about Facebook Small Business Grants Programme in Nigeria closes on 4 Sept 2020
The operator of this Grant Programme is Facebook Inc. (“Facebook“); the funder of this Grant Programme is Facebook Ireland Limited (“Facebook Ireland“); and it is administered by third party service providers, including, without limitation, Deloitte Ireland LLP, acting on Facebook’s behalf.
The purpose of the Grant Programme is to help support small and medium businesses who need assistance due to the adverse effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Such support includes:
- a) a cash grant to the value of Nigerian Naira 400,128.00 to be used by small and medium businesses to help alleviate such adverse effects (each a “Grant“); and
- b) if applicants opt-in to receive them, Facebook ad coupons to the value of Nigerian Naira 240,077.00 (each an “Ad Coupon“).
See condition 7 for further details concerning use of the Grant and Ad Coupons.
For Applicant to be eligible to apply to the Grant Programme:
(a) Representative must be at least 18 years old and the age of majority in their country of residence and legally resident within the eligible country listed in paragraph (c) below and be the founder, or business owner of Applicant;
(b) Representative must not have been convicted of any of the following criminal offences: (i) arson; (ii) aggravated assault and/ or aggravated battery, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm, assault and/ or battery against a minor; (iii) bribery, corruption, extortion and/ or blackmail; (iv) burglary; (v) counterfeiting and/ or forgery; (vi) any drug related offence; (vii) any type of fraud or embezzlement; (viii) robbery or other type of larceny; (ix) hacking or other cyber crimes; (x) money laundering or terrorist financing; (xi) murder; (xii) manslaughter; (xiii) human trafficking; (xiv) kidnapping and/ or abduction; (xv) sexual assault and/ or rape; or (xvi) animal cruelty;
(c) the eligible country is: Nigeria;
(d) Applicant must be a small and medium sized business established/incorporated/registered and operating in the eligible country listed in paragraph (c) above; (ii) is operating as a “for profit” business; (iii) has between two (2) and fifty (50) employees; and (iv) has been established for a minimum of one (1) year, and can provide proof of establishment for a minimum of one (1) year via relevant legal documents (including, without limitation, those documents referred to in condition
(e) Applicant must satisfy the eligibility requirements and application criteria set out in the application process on the Website, and demonstrate that its business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19);
(f) Applicant and Representative must successfully pass various background and verification checks (including, without limitation, those checks referred to in these Terms and Conditions) and provide all documentation requested as part of the application on the Website to show proof of business status (as set out in condition 3.3 below);
(g) Applicant must not be owned by (either in whole or in part) nor employ any individual who: (i) is an employee or agent of Facebook, Deloitte Ireland LLP, Quest Computing Limited (a service provider to Deloitte Ireland LLP), or any of their subsidiaries or affiliated companies, or anyone otherwise connected with the operation or fulfilment of the Grant Programme; and/or (ii) has any immediate family or member of their household (including, but not limited to, a spouse, partner, parent, legal guardian, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or in-law) who is an employee or agent of Facebook, Deloitte Ireland LLP, Quest Computing Limited, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliated companies, or anyone otherwise connected with the operation or fulfilment of the Grant Programme;
(h) Applicant must not be owned or controlled by (either in whole or in part) any individual who: (i) is an official, employee, representative or anyone else acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government, government agency, or other administrative authority or judicial or quasi-judicial body (whether elected or appointed, including for example, legislators, regulators, police, members of the military, judges, tribunal members, federal, state or local council members), state-owned/controlled enterprises (including for example, executives at state-controlled companies), political parties or campaigns, public international organisations (including for example, U.N. officials), and candidates for public office (collectively “Government Official“); and/or (ii) has any immediate family or member of their household (as defined in paragraph (g)(ii) above (a spouse, partner, parent, legal guardian, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or in-law)) who are a Government Official ; and
(i) Applicant must not be focused on any of the following activities: (i) proselytizing; and/or (ii) political lobbying or campaign activities (e.g. on behalf of an active candidate for elected office),
(together the “Eligibility Requirements“).
- No guarantee for applicants
Note that even if Applicant and Representative fulfil the Eligibility Requirements, this does not guarantee that Applicant will be selected for a Grant and/or Ad Coupons. Meeting the Eligibility Requirements does not automatically result in approval for a Grant and/or Ad Coupons.
- Applying to the Grant Programme and applying for Ad Coupons
3.1 The Grant Programme commences at:
(a) for North East, North West and South East Nigeria, 14.00 local time on 24 August 2020 and all applications must be received by 17.00 local time on the closing date of 2 September 2020 (or at a later date subject to Facebook’s sole discretion); and
(b) for South West, South South and North Central Nigeria, 14.00 local time on 26 August 2020 and all applications must be received by 17.00 local time on the closing date of 4 September 2020 (or at a later date subject to Facebook’s sole discretion),
(each an “Application Period“).
3.2 Grant Programme applications must be made on: https://everest.apply-aims-grants.com/aims/portal/selected-country?country=NG (the “Website“).
3.3 To apply to the Grant Programme, Applicants’ Representatives must, during the relevant Application Period:
(a) complete the eligibility questionnaire published on the Website; and if eligible
(b) create an account on the Website and sign-in to the Grant Programme application;
(c) complete and submit the application form published on the Website, including explaining how Applicant has been negatively affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19); and
(d) provide all documentation required by the application form on the Website to prove Applicant’s eligibility to apply to the Grant Programme and compliance with the Eligibility Requirements. Such documentation may include, but is not limited to: (i) latest annual return, (ii) business registration/business license, (iii) partnership agreement, and (iv) most recent financial statement.
3.4 Applications submitted by any other means will not be accepted. Use of script, macro or any automated system to apply to the Grant Programme is prohibited and applications made (or which appear to have been made) using any such system may be treated as void. Any illegible, incomplete or fraudulent applications will be rejected. Applicants may make a maximum of one (1) application into the Grant Programme and Representatives may make a maximum of one (1) application to the Grant Programme on behalf of an applicant. Any applications in addition to this will result in disqualification of additional applicant(s). Applicants may only receive one (1) Grant and/or set of Ad Coupons. Facebook will not be responsible for any lost, damaged, defaced, incomplete, illegible or otherwise unreadable applications.