The ability to create or expand economic activities that will result in job opportunities has been listed among the key factors that could allow Non Governmental Organisations [NGOs] to benefit from strategic funding. 

At least this is according to information released by the Ministry of Social Protection which has invited applications from eligible NGOs interested in receiving funding to embark on entrepreneurial activities.

Funding, the Ministry has announced, will be made available under the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) programme.

The Ministry has said that projects, “must result in the creation or expansion of economic activities that will result in job opportunities and income generation at the grassroots level.”

Each application, according to the Ministry, will be examined from the point of view of: cost benefit, employment creation amongst the disadvantaged, and persons in difficult circumstances such as youths, women, single parents, unemployed, persons with disability, and other vulnerable groups, and contribution to the promotion of a green economy.

Moreover, to be considered for a grant under the SLED programme groups must be registered or have commenced the registration process. According to the Ministry too, “registration as a cooperative is preferable in keeping with provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the financing of Terrorism (AMLCFT) Act.”

Added to this applicants must also complete an application form and have a bank account within four months of being identified for funding. All applications must be completed on or before February 8, 2019.

Persons desiring of take advantage of this initiative can obtain applications forms from the SLED Programme Unit of the Social Protection Ministry at Lamaha and East Streets, Georgetown or contact the office on telephone number 227-3497, Ext. 213 or 212 or email


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