Monday, April 8, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY— The American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. (AFJ) continues to make an impact in Jamaica by strategically connecting resources from North America with the island. AFJ President, Wendy Hart states, “We are proud of the grants that the AFJ has made this year: Impactful social intervention programs that focus on education, training and violence reduction and critically needed medical equipment across the country.”
AFJ received 85 applications for discretionary grants. Discretionary grants and donor-direct grant awards of U$763,315,16 (JA$97.3 million) will be presented during the Official Grant Ceremony on Monday, April 15, 2019. For the period April 2018 to March 2019, over US$ 611k (JA$77.9 million) were distributed by the AFJ worthy programs in Jamaica.
The full list of grants to be presented during the 2018-2019 grant cycle are Adult Learning Centres of Jamaica, Alpha Boy’s School, Bloom Early Childhood Ctr of Excellence JA, Bull Savannah Primary School, Chapelton Hospital, Child Resiliency, Downtown Kingston Music Theatre, Early Childhood Commission, Fight for Peace International, Friends of Hopewell, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Jamaica Cancer Society, Jamaica College Foundation, JASY, JSPCA, Kingston Public Hospital, Open Arms Development Centre, Pocket Rocket Foundation, RISE Life Management Services, Sandals Foundation, Sanmerna Foundation, Seaward Primary & Junior High School, SEE International, Southern Basketball Conference, Spring Garden Primary School, St. Andrew Settlement, UWI – CASSE, UWI – Cobb Scholarship, UWI – Cooper Scholarship, UWI – Holden Scholarship, UWI – Ralph & Ricky Lauren Foundation Scholarship, We Care FPGH Ltd., Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation.
2018–2019 Grant Awards will be presented during the annual Official Ceremony.
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m. (Event runs from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.) Venue: U.S. Embassy Kingston, 142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6
The AFJ’s grantmaking cycle begins in November and grantees are selected once per year. The AFJ is able to award grants from proceeds raised from annual fundraisers in New York and Miami, private foundations, corporate partnerships and donor direct contributions.
The AFJ Board of Directors will travel to Jamaica for the Grant Ceremony and a series of outreach projects in Kingston on April 14th to April 16th. While on the island, the Directors will participate in the Adolescent Mother’s Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Center, will officiate a presentation of bed linen at Kingston Public Hospital and will visit one of last year’s grantees, St. Joseph’s School.
Monday, April 8, 2019