October 12, 2020957Views

Monday, October 12, 2020 – Officers from around the public sector and leaders from Territory community-based groups have received training on best practices to aid when applying for grant opportunities.

The group was trained to ensure success when applying for programmes such as those offered under the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) Small Grants Programme.

The training session was facilitated by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) with funding from the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The first portion of the workshop series provided information on best practices for public officers partnering with community based organisations (CBOs). It included topics like community engagement, advocacy and inclusivity and was conducted Oct. 5 to 6.

The second portion, on Oct. 7 to 8, was geared toward executive members of CBOs and covered action planning, accounting and resource mobilisation.  All participants were led through the CCRIF SPC Small Grants Programme application process.

Community Development Specialist with the CDB’s Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund Mr. Richardo Aiken guided the workshop remotely  and said that in the face of increasing threats from climate change, COVID-19 and other hazards, it’s important that community groups are included as part of the region’s broader efforts to build resilience.

“We recognise that as public resources are limited, CBOs play an important role in the overall resilience of all the states served by the CDB. This workshop will help CBOs in the British Virgin Islands improve their operations generally and, we hope, strengthen their activities when it comes to disaster risk management,” Mr. Aiken said.

DDM Planning and Preparedness Manager Ms. Sheniah Armstrong,  said the projects proposed as potential partnerships between community groups and the public sector during the workshop reflect the strong relationships that already exist in the Territory.

Ms Armstrong said, “Many non-government organisations and community based organisations in the Territory are accustomed to accomplishing projects together such as in our own SMART Communities initiative.  It’s encouraging to see that workshop participants have great ideas for further partnerships.”

The CCRIF SPC Small Grants Programme provides grants of $5,000 – $25,000 to Caribbean CBOs for projects related to disaster risk management; engineering; climate change adaptation; training and capacity building; and environmental management initiatives that directly reduce a community’s vulnerability. For more information about the Small Grants Programme, visit