J$25 Million Grant Facility Made Available For Small and Micro Entrepreneurs in At-Risk, Low-Income Communities

Kingston, Jamaica – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), has launched a micro and small business grants program that seeks to assist passionate, innovative small businesses and startups from at-risk, low-income communities realize their entrepreneurial dreams and reach new markets.

The program, which is being executed as part of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), provides financial assistance to support innovative and market-ready products and services to entrepreneurs domiciled in the 19 selected communities to create employment and generate income.

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The program requires that applicants be domiciled within the target communities, or have their business operating within one of them. The grants will be awarded to innovative business idea including startups, or existing business. It is not limited to sectors, however, the grant can only be used to fund capital investments. Applications seeking funding for recurrent expenses such as wages and salaries will not be considered.

Deadline for submission of applications is Monday April 30, 2018 and should be dropped off in a sealed envelope labeled “ICDP Entrepreneurial Grant” at 11 Oxford Road Kingston 5 by 4:00 PM.

Application forms and guidelines are available on the JSIF website: www.jsif.org and from select SDC Offices.

For more information, contact the Project Manager, ICDP Enterprise Development Project at +1 (876)968-4545 or visit the offices of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund between 9am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

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