Following the massive looting that followed as a result of the End SARS protests in Lagos, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) have setup relief funds to assist business owners whose shops were looted during the END SARS protests in the state.
The Kwara state government through its governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq also announced that his state is setting up a N500 Million Naira releif fund.
Famous Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji announced via her Instagram page that she will be supporting businesses that were affected in the protests. As same with other organizations.
We have put together a list of the available relief funds in Nigeria for small business to help them get back on their feet.
Find them below.
LSETF MSME Recovery fund
Affected businesses will need a CAC registration number as well as proof of damage to access the fund setup by the Lagos state government. The fund is open to businesses in all the 20 local government areas of Lagos that were affected by damages during the protests.
Kwara State Government SME recovery fund grant
Similar to the Lagos state government, businesses in Kwara State that were affected during the End SARS protests in can also apply for the grant which the governor says is aimed at bring them back on their feet following the mindless incident.
You can apply here.
Linda Ikeji’s Fund
Unlike the other funds, Linda Ikeji’s support fund is only for women entrepreneurs whose businesses were damaged during the protests. Announcing her fund, Linda Ikeji said: You’ll know I’m big on female entrepreneurship and women being financially independent, so it breaks my heart to see women who have strived for years to stay afloat lose their businesses overnight. Not fair! So If you’re a female entrepreneur residing in Lagos and your business was destroyed or looted and you need help to get back on your feet, pls send me an email lindaikeji1980 at gmail.com.
I’m focusing on women with small scale businesses who lost their sources of livelihood. I’d like to help some of you get back on your feet and see if I can get some of my rich friends to also help. Covid-19 already made life difficult for some of us, the events of the last few days will make life unbearable and we can’t just sit back and do nothing.
I’d like to help some of you restart your businesses so if you were affected, send me an email ASAP with proof of what was destroyed (videos and photos) and also value of what you lost so we have an idea of how much to help with.
Diary of a Naija Girl Support fund
Ife Agoro who leads the DANG community has also created a support fund for Nigerian SMES based in Lagos whose business were affected between the 20th-23rd of October 2020.
To qualify, you’ll need proof of before and after the looting or damage alongside supporting evidences.
Email: letsrebuildlagos @ gmail.com to apply.
Naija Brand Chick recovery fund
Nelly Agbogu, founder of Nellies Nigeria and the NBC tribe has raised a total of N13 Million to be disbursed to SMES that were affected.
Application closes soon but you can apply here.
The banks were not left out. First Bank Access Bank and Standard chartered bank also have setup their own relief efforts.
You can find more details below
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