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  

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
2019-2020 $1,760,978
TOTAL $15,998,961.09

For Grant Applicants

AFJ Annual Grant Program

Applications for the AFJ Annual Grant Programs are currently closed. The next Grant Cycle will reopen in November 2022

In the event of technical issues, the grant application can be downloaded and emailed to

Grant Application Download

Online Grant Application  

AFJ Youth Nutrition Grant Program

Online Nutrition Grant Application  

In event of technical issues, the grant application can be downloaded and emailed to

Youth Nutrition Grant Application Download


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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