Where Digicel grows, so too must the communities in which we operate. We are able to fulfil this goal through our Community Development portfolio.
This portfolio includes two programmes: our small grants, which fall under the Build Jamaica programme, and our micro-grants under the Mek A Muckle programme. These grants are issued to community-based groups to tackle the most pertinent issues impacting people locally while creating positive change in Jamaica’s most vulnerable communities.
Through the years, we’ve sponsored projects which focus on youth development, skills training, agriculture and social enterprise. Through our 680 community development projects, our grantees have used the funding to establish 81 farm projects and 125 social enterprises – creating 2,798 jobs for local workers.
In FY 2020-2021, we were able to do more for the people of Jamaica by meeting the most immediate needs that arose in the wake of COVID – access to education and food sustainability. We completed 14 Build Jamaica and 28 Mek A Muckle grants, touching lives in all 14 parishes. Of the projects completed, 20 focused on improving access to education through school renovations and the purchase of digital technology. Ten of the projects focused on agriculture and other projects included improvements to community centre and skills training programmes.
For more information on our grant programmes, see our Funding Guidelines.