Grant making is the focus of the work we do at the American Friends of Jamaica.

We seek to recognize and empower organizations that carry out vital programs to assist Jamaicans in need with grants that support their work to improve the lives of Jamaicans.

We do our work with community groups, NGOs, hospitals, schools and the University of the West Indies (UWI). These entities meet our criteria for measurable impact, an efficient track record and excellence.

We believe in building partnerships with knowledgeable, creative and informed institutions. Our Program Analyst in Jamaica conducts site visits, evaluates progress and submits biannual reports.



We make grants across the spectrum in education: with 4 Scholarships funded annually at the University of the West Indies, tutoring programs for secondary school students, job training programs and a focus on Basic School Education. Quality preschool education has been proven to produce long term improvements in school success and graduation rates. Our grants have provided teacher training and materials in pre-schools across the country and partnered with projects focused on raising school readiness.



We have forged a partnership with We Care for Cornwall, a charity which works closely with the regional hospital for Western Jamaica, Cornwall Regional Hospital– supporting unmet needs in equipment, pediatrics and a new much needed Accident and Admitting area. Additionally, our grants range from the facilitating the universal screening of newborns for sickle cell anemia, to Bustamante Children’s Hospital and rural medical missions.


Economic Development

We evaluate our grants for potential impact on job readiness and job creation as we believe that together with education and health, these form the foundation for development. Our grants include Alpha Boys School’s new music business program, inner-city skills and job training programs and a sustainability initiative at SOS Children’s village.

View 2019 Awarded Grants  

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History of Grants 1982 – 2019

Year Amount
1982-2016 $12,633,106.80
2016-2017 $366,044.13
2017-2018 $476,296.00
2018-2019 $762,536.16
TOTAL $14,237,983.09

For Grant Applicants

The AFJ accepts grant proposals from organizations with programs in education, healthcare and human and economic development benefiting the people of Jamaica. The grant cycle begins end of the first week in November, the deadline is end of the first week in February each year. An Application Form will be available on this page once the Grant Cycle opens.


Due to the unfortunate circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFJ will not be announcing the 2020 Grant Application Cycle. We would like to assure our recipient community that the AFJ intends to resume funding discretionary grants. We encourage grant applicants to monitor this webpage for updates regarding the return of the Grant Cycle in 2021.Please note, discretionary grants are made to organizations registered under Jamaica’s Charity Act in Education, Healthcare or Economic Development. Individual/personal requests are ineligible.

We look forward to continuing exceptional impact with partner grantees. Please keep safe and well.

For Current Grantees

Current grantees are required to submit a narrative and financial report on the progress of projects every six months. If you are a current grantee, please click on the button below to submit your report by September 15.

Grant Report Form  

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