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The Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund is one component of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s (DFATD’s) larger regional Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Program. The CCDRM Fund is designed to support community-driven projects, ranging from CDN$25,000 to CDN$75,000 (and up to CDN$100,000 in exceptional cases), that seek to reduce risks from natural hazards (eg. floods, droughts, storms, hurricanes and climate change).

For the purposes of the CCDRM Fund, a ‘community’ is defined as ‘a group of people living in the same geographical area (such as a neighbourhood, district, city or town)’ or ‘a group of people with similar interests (such as youth and women) or livelihoods (such as farmers or fishers)’.

To seek grant support from the CCDRM Fund, the applicant must be a legally-established, financially-viable organisation based in Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, or Trinidad and Tobago. Groups that are not legally established must partner with local government authorities or other legally established organisations to apply to the CCDRM Fund for support. Examples of organisations eligible to apply to the Fund for support include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil-society organisations (CSOs), community-based organisations, government agencies, special-interest groups, service clubs, associations, and cooperatives.

Proposals are invited through Calls for Proposals approximately twice yearly, depending on operational realities. Instructions for preparing proposals for support are included in the Guide for Project Submissions. Further instructions on the process and timelines for submitting proposals to be considered for support are provided during each Call for Proposals.

Eligible proposals submitted during the Call for Proposals are reviewed by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) based on predetermined criteria. (see Guide for Project Submissions). The PSC members discuss their review of each proposal and reach a consensus on whether or not it will be recommended to DFATD for funding support. Those proposals that are recommended by the PSC for support are then reviewed by DFATD to ensure compliance with DFATD’s due diligence and policy requirements, before final approval is granted.

The Fund is currently (January 12 – February 13, 2015) inviting proposals for community-based projects that aim to decrease disaster risk in CARICOM communities. Please find additional information on the Call for Proposals, eligibility requirements, and timelines at http://www.cdema.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1416%3Acanada-caribbean-disaster-risk-management-ccdrm-fund-ninth-9th-call-for-proposals-community-disaster-risk-reduction-projects&catid=35%3Apress-releases



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