Standard Terms and Conditions for CSF Grants
Occasionally the CSF offers grants to entities and individuals serving the people of the Caribbean. These Standard Terms and Conditions, which are the guidelines for such engagements, can be accessed at the link below:
Grant Funding for Barbados ICT Companies
The CSF is a partner, along with 15 EU and Latin American countries, in the ERANET-LAC project. The ERANET-LAC project is a network of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Joint Innovation and Research Activities.
The CSF has been invited to participate in one of the ERANET-LAC selected projects in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) thematic area. The project named ITCity concerns the applications of ICT to Energy for Smart Cities. The participating countries in this project are Latvia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Romania and Turkey. Because of the origin of the funds for this project, only Barbados companies are eligible.
For-profit, start-up and small companies (less than 25 employees) only are eligible to apply for this grant. The total amount of funding available from the CSF for this project is €20,000, and one grant award will be made. The proposal page count is limited to 4 pages. The application deadline is 11:59 pm November 6, 2016. Please visit The CSF ERANET-LAC Page for more details and to download proposal template.
More general information about the ERANET-LAC project can be found at http://eranet-lac.eu/
Compete Caribbean Opportunity
COMPETE CARIBBEAN is a US$40.0 million program that provides technical grants and investment funding for private sector development. Details of the program are available here
COMPETE CARIBBEAN has launched The Caribbean Idea Marketplace (CIM). “The Caribbean Idea Marketplace (CIM) is a business competition platform which aims to foster collaboration between local and global Caribbean diaspora entrepreneurs to develop and expand innovative projects that will generate employment and economic growth.”
“CIM is being implemented in the context of the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), launched by the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, May 17, 2011 in Washington, DC at the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum.”
“In partnership with the US Department of State, Digicel, and Scotiabank, Compete Caribbean has taken the lead in the design and management of the Caribbean Idea Marketplace (CIM). CIM is a component under Compete Caribbean’s Enterprise.”
“Proposals can be made from Government agencies and departments; the OECS Secretariat and CARICOM Secretariat; local Chambers of Commerce or other legally constituted private sector groups; regional organizations (CAIC, CTO, Caribbean Export Development Agency, or similar); universities and research institutions; and Public-Private Dialogue Technical Units (PPD-TU).”
The window for applications for CIM is March 1 – June 1, 2012. Contact
Compete Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank
Mervue House, Marine Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church, BB14047 Barbados.
Tel: + 1 246 227 8500; Fax: + 1 246 429 8869
More about the IADB and its programs with the English-speaking can be found here
Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Caribbean Economy
In the article entitled “Jamaican middle and upper classes don’t have the entrepreneurial spirit – Ventura”, Professor Arnoldo Ventura speaks of the entrepreneurial spirit in the lower class community and how the role of science and technology can foster the success of their ideas in a presentation at the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s regional conference on investment and capital markets. To read the full article CLICK HERE
• Ewing Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship
– The Foundation is amongst the thirty largest foundations in the United States devoted to entrepreneurship. The vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.”
• Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner
– Offers access to videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovative thought leaders.
• Europa -Promoting Entrepreneurship in Schools and Universities
– Focuses learning on entrepreneurship from primary through to university. “The key is to develop competence of entrepreneurship from an early age.”
• BBC News
– In an article titled “Can you teach entrepreneurship” written by analyst Mike Baker, the question, “Is business enterprise in your genes or can it be taught in the classroom?” is discussed.
• An American Internet Entrepreneur -Jimmy Wales
– Founder of Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia.org and as the co-founder of Wikia.com, Jimmy Wales talks about FAILURE – an inspirational talk for young entrepreneurs.
CSF is Committed to Caribbean Entrepreneurship
Providing Entrepreneurial support in many forms is integral to both our mission and our sustainability plan.
The photograph shows young Caribbean educators and entrepreneurs at the September 21, 2010 launch of the Caribbean Science Foundation in Port of Spain, Trinidad.