How To Apply
Thank you for your interest in the American Friends of Jamaica. We appreciate the work you do to benefit Jamaicans.
The AFJ no longer accepts unsolicited grant proposals. Organizations that submit unsolicited applications will receive notification directing them to submit an electronic Grant Application via the website. After reading the remaining application guidelines, you may click on the link at the bottom of the page to begin.
Note: Discretionary grants are not made to individuals.
To be eligible, organizations must exhibit the following:
- The grantee should have a Board of Directors, governing body or independent entity to which the project administrator is responsible. The governing body or sponsor should hold regular meetings with the project administrator, as well as keep minutes of deliberations and decisions.
- The project should have at least one person with operational responsibility for implementation of the project and administration of funds.
- The grantee should have a separate trust account for grant funds. Funds held for charitable purposes should be kept separately from funds held by the grantee for its administrative purposes.
- The grantee should maintain bookkeeping accounts, using generally accepted accounting principles that will provide AFJ with an understanding of the organization’s administrative expenses.
- The grantee should be able to keep separate accounts for the project, showing all income and expenditure. These should be kept up-to-date, and AFJ will have the right to request and review at any time between initial disbursement of grant funds, and the final report.
- The grantee should be able to produce comprehensive reports on the project. For past AFJ grantees, no additional funds will be granted if a final report has not been submitted in a timely manner.
As a general practice, AFJ refrains from funding:
- Annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
- Capital campaigns/renovation projects
- Debt reduction
- Emergency or disaster relief efforts
- Dissertations or student research projects
- Indirect/administrative costs
- Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities
- Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
- Loans, scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals
- Unsolicited requests for international organizations or programs
The deadline is February 1st of each year. Please allow up to four months for proposals to be reviewed by staff. In some cases, a phone conference or site visit may be scheduled as part of the review process. You will be notified if your proposal will be considered at one of the Grants Committee meetings or will take longer than four months to review.
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