KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 18, 2019 (CMC) – Canada is urging non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Jamaica to submit proposals for small-scale, but high-impact, projects that align with Ottawa’s international assistance priorities.
Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Laurie Peters, said the proposals should be submitted to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) program by July 31, with applicants eligible for up to CAN$25,000 for each project.
Peters said that the High Commission is looking for projects that focus on women and girls, empowerment and equality, environment and climate action, and growth that works for everyone, including boys and young men.
She said that persons could also submit projects with emphasis on peace, security and violence prevention.
“So, we are inviting local organisations to our website, www.jamaica.gc.ca, and look at the application details, and do send in your applications,” she told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television program.
The diplomat said to qualify for the Fund, projects must be aligned with the themes, as outlined.
“We are looking for projects and initiatives that can be accomplished within the one-year period….(and) look at right-sizing them with the funding amounts that are available. We typically fund four or five initiatives for the amount of about CAN$20,000 to CAN$25, 000,” she added.
She noted that last year, funds were allocated to the Alligator Head Foundation project, which examined the water quality of the fish sanctuary in the Portland area, with the goal of implementing a water quality monitoring program.
Another project was the Sunbeam Children’s Home in St. Catherine, which is working to reduce violence and communication barriers among children in institutions, through mentorship, debate training and conflict resolution workshops.
The High Commission also supported a project by Young Women and Men of Purpose in Mandeville, where the group worked to reduce the number of young women and girls, who are at risk of human trafficking, through training and equipping women and girls to start their own businesses and create employment for themselves.