Direct Assistance Scheme Proposal Writing Workshop

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) , in cooperation with Invest SVG and the National Insurance Services ,hosted a Direct Assistance Scheme (DAS) proposal writing workshop on September 26, 2011 in the Conference Room of the National Insurance Services. This project is funded under the 9th EDF under the New Direct Assistance Grant Scheme.




The workshop’s main objectives were to increase the awareness of the Direct Assistance Scheme (DAS) and to explain and illustrate to Firms and Business Support Organizations how to prepare an application for a grant under this Grant Scheme.  Mr. Andrew Wickham, board member of the Caribbean Export Development Agency and Mrs. Cleo Jones of Invest SVG addresses participants at the start of the workshop. Mr Kirk C. N. Brown, Senior Grant Advisor at the Caribbean Export Development Agency based in Christ Church BARBADOS facilitated the session.


The day’s program included:


·          Overview of the Direct Assistance Scheme, and the amounts to be funded.


·          Review of guidelines and the application form, eligible projects and the eligibility criteria


·          Duration of the grants


·          Procurement procedures


·          Budget preparation/development


·          Introduction to the grant proposal writing process


o    Goals and objectives


o    Outputs/results


o    Methodology and justification


o    Description of activities and action plan


·          Success stories




The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel & Tourism Association (SVGHTA) was represented by Mrs. Kim Halbich - Fantasea Tours & Paradise Beach Hotel, Mr Fitzroy Glasgow - Mariners Hotel, and Ms Francelia Marksman -   Assistant Executive Director






To be eligible to benefit from this program your business or organisation must be:


i.    A legally registered firm/individual operating in a CARIFORUM member state; or


ii.   A legally registered Business Support Organization (BSOs) in a CARIFORUM member state which is undertaking an activity in partnership with at least two (2) private sector firms;


iii.  Trading in the following Sectors: Alternative Energy, Agriculture, Agro-Processing, Creative Industries, Health & Wellness, Information Communication Technology, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Tourism


iv.  Exporting or potential to export goods and services


v.   Operational for at least two (2) years supported by last two years financial statements/accounts; and


vi.  Able to finance and sustain their projects fully; that is 100% financing is available.