Entrepreneurship Portfolio | Digicel Jamaica Foundation

Community Development

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.

Community Development Statistics
FY 2021-2022 Target As At September 2021 % Complete
Community Development grants awarded 40 33 82.5%
FY 2021-2022
Community Development grants awarded
Target
40
As At September 2021
33
% Complete
82.5%
Parishes reached 14 14 21.4%
FY 2021-2022
Parishes reached
Target
14
As At September 2021
14
% Complete
21.4%
Number of persons impacted through grants and other funding 17,500 20,030 114%
FY 2021-2022
Number of persons impacted through grants and other funding
Target
17,500
As At September 2021
20,030
% Complete
114%
Total investments - USD $349,000 $135,000 27%
FY 2021-2022
Total investments - USD
Target
$349,000
As At September 2021
$135,000
% Complete
27%
Community Development Statistics
FY 2020 - 2021 Target As at March 2021 % Complete
Community Development grants awarded 40 42 105%
FY 2020 - 2021
Community Development grants awarded
Target
40
As at March 2021
42
% Complete
105%
Parishes Reached 14 14 100%
FY 2020 - 2021
Parishes Reached
Target
14
As at March 2021
14
% Complete
100%
Number of persons impacted 15,000 15,106 101%
FY 2020 - 2021
Number of persons impacted
Target
15,000
As at March 2021
15,106
% Complete
101%
Total Investment - USD $257,000 $257,000 100%
FY 2020 - 2021
Total Investment - USD
Target
$257,000
As at March 2021
$257,000
% Complete
100%
Community Development