SDC’s GRANT FACILITIES – APPLY NOW

 

 

 

The Social Development Commission (SDC)

 

The Grant Facilities are:

Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant

Governance Capacity Grant

Local Economic Development Grant

Community Priority Project Grant

 

Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant

 The Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant is a dedicated source of funding available to all Community Development Committees (CDCs) to be used for administrative support once they meet the established criteria. The Social Development Commission (SDC) invites proposals for Administrative Grant Funding from the listed eligible structures that meet the criteria outlined below:

 

APPROVAL CRITERIA

  • The CDC is listed on the SDC Community Listings Database
  • The CDC has a constitution
  • The CDC has been in existence for more than 1 year
  • The CDC is active and functional
  • The CDC has a bank account
  • The CDC must able to present to the Commission the minutes of the last three meetings held
  • The CDC owns or is affiliated with an economic, social or environmental project in the community

 

GRANT AMOUNT

The maximum amount to be awarded to each successful applicant is JMD$40,000 annually

 

 

Governance Capacity Grant

 In keeping with the corporate objective of strengthening level two and higher governance structures Community Development Committees (CDCs), Development Area Committees (DACs), Portmore Advisory Council (PAC) and Parish Development Committees (PDCs), the Social Development Commission (SDC) invites proposals for grant funding from the listed eligible structures that meet the criteria outlined below:

Proposals should fall within the SDC’s Governance Grant thematic areas.

THEMES

  1. Organizational Development
  • g. Groups may be trained number of areas including Communication, Planning, Management, Team and Team Building by a certified consultant.

 

  1. Promotion of an active citizenry in local governance activities
  • g. Based on the development of an action plan citizens can assist in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Local Governance activities.

 

  1. Improved partnerships between local governance structures and the Local Authority
  • g. Groups may organise workshops between themselves and the Local Authorities to identify common challenges and to develop a joint work plan.

 

  1. Advocacy and promotion of local governance structures
  • g. Governance structures may organise forum/fora around particular issues such as “The Rights of a Citizen”.

 

APPROVAL CRITERIA

  • Local governance groups must ensure that the proposal is aligned with all required criteria. Please refer to the Governance Capacity Grant Guidelines and Conditions document for further details.
  • Please use application form dated (date to determined); applications submitted on a previous application form will NOT be considered.

 

 

GRANT AMOUNT

The maximum amount to be awarded to each successful applicant $80,000.000

 

 

Local Economic Development (LED) Grant

The Local Economic Development Grant (LEDG) is being established to assist with the growth and expansion of local economic initiatives (LEIs) operating primarily at the community level.    The Grant will be used to create a platform from which the local economy can grow thereby increasing employment and wealth creation.   It is expected that the grant of low amounts will be used to enhance the marketability, sustainability and viability of local economic initiatives.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • This Grant facility is being positioned to
    • expand production and employment
    • improve/ strengthen the operational capacities and capabilities of existing local economic initiatives (LEIs)
    • increase registration of local economic initiatives as small businesses

 

AREAS OF FOCUS

The LEIs will be able to apply for grants under the following themes:

  1. Procurement of Inputs for Business Expansion
    • Local Economic Initiatives can submit proposals to obtain funding support to:
      • g. purchase equipment, tool, supplies and raw materials
      • g acquire designs for facility layout

 

 

  1. Marketing
  • LEIs can apply for funding support to strengthen their marketing capabilities
    • g. procure packaging, labelling, profile for product development and standardization
    • g. obtain intellectual property rights protection (e.g. patent, trademark etc)

 

 

  1. Business Registration
  • LEIs can submit proposals to acquire financial assistance to register their businesses

 

NoteLocal Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can apply in one thematic area per call.                

 

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Local Economic Initiatives owned and operated by the Community Development Committee (CDC) / Development Area Committee (DAC) / Parish Development Committee (PDC)
  • Local Economic Initiatives co owned and operated by the Community Development Committee (CDC) / Development Area Committee (DAC) / Parish Development Committee (PDC)
  • Local Economic Initiatives affiliated to the Community Development Committee (CDC) / Development Area Committee (DAC) / Parish Development Committee (PDC)

 

CRITERIA FOR GRANT AWARDS

  • The Local Economic Initiative (LEI) must be in existence for more than 12 months
  • The name of the Local Economic Initiative (LEI) must be identified by the Social Development Commission’s Local Economic Initiatives listing as at 31st March 2017
  • The Local Economic Initiative (LEI) must possess a Local Economic Development Support Plan
  • The Local Economic Initiative (LEI) must possess a Business Model
  • The possession of a Business Plan is an asset
  • The LEI must have participated in at least two (2) Social Development Commission organised and executed Business Fairs and one (1) Social Development Commission led capacity building session in the past 24 months

 

GRANT AMOUNT

The maximum amount to be awarded to each successful applicant is JMD$100,000.

 

 

 

Community Priority Project Grant

The Community Priority Project (CPP) Grant is a source of funding to be used for the implementation of projects/initiatives/EATs emerging from the community’s Community Priority Plan (CPP); and is available to all Active Community Development Committees (CDCs) that meet the established criteria.

 

 OBJECTIVES

  • Strengthen the participatory governance framework at the CDC level by way of implementing and managing Environmental, Infrastructural Educational/Skills Training and Social projects.
  • Support change in the Environmental, Infrastructural Educational/Skills Training and Social situation of the pertinent community.
  • Support best practices in the area of community development through priority planning.
  • Initiate or improve relationship with funders/sponsors (some of whom may serve as matching-funds partners to CDC).
  • Enable sustainability of initiatives/EATs through community participation in the priority planning and project implementation process.

 

 

RATIONALE

Groups accessing funds oftentimes meet with barriers that relate to their lack of experience in implementing projects/programmes. The Community Priority Project Grant will allow the CDC not only to garner experience in administering funds, but also to bolster its list of activities concerned with community development. To this end, the Grant has been established to provide financial support to CDCs that are eligible.

 

 

CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY

  • The CDC MUST meet the SDC eligibility criteria, with the community being on SDC’s Community Listing.
  • All proposed projects MUST emanate from a Priority Plan (completed from fiscal period 2012/2013 to present).

 

GRANT AMOUNT

  • Each eligible CDC (each community) will be able to receive $150,000 to assist with its community developmental activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared by: the Social Development Commission-STRATCOM DEPT

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