Grants from Caribbean Export: Call for Proposals

Caribbean Export officially announces the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities on January 17, 2014. Grants of up to €30,000 can be received by firms, including the ones registered in Haiti, that meet the eligibility criteria.


The deadline for this Call for Proposals is March 7, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (Barbados Time).

 

DAGS is reimbursement grant funding facility specifically designed to provide financial assistance to legally registered firms/individuals/Business Support Organisations (BSOs) with the potential to export their products and services. DAGS is a reimbursement facility which means that no monies are advanced to beneficiaries and they will have to incur the full cost of their projects and be reimbursed on completion of the projects.

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

 

i. Be a firm (i.e. entity, individual or company) legally registered and operating in a CARIFORUM member state; or

 

ii. Be a legally registered Business Support Organization (BSOs) in a CARIFORUM member state partnering with at least two (2) private sector firms;

 

iii. Be firms trading and operational for at least two (2) years supported by last two years financial statements/accounts (no start-ups);

 

iv. Be able to finance and sustain their projects fully at the beginning; that is 100% financing is available prior to project initiation; and

 

v. Be exporting or demonstrate their potential to export goods and services.

 

Eligible Projects

 

Applicants may seek funding for any of the following projects, this list is for guidance only and is not exhaustive:

 

- Equipment modernization

- Food safety standards/certification/regulation

- Research, Development and Innovation

- Advisory services

- Product and service development

- Marketing services and activities (e.g. trade fairs participation, trade mission and in-market activities)

- Quality and environmental systems

- Promotional material (e.g. brochures, catalogues, CDs and videos)

- Training programmes

- Implementation of IT solutions (e.g. website, e-commerce and multimedia)

- Market research and testing

- Packaging, design

- Intellectual Property activities (e.g. brand registration and patents)

 

Funding Amounts Available

 

Regular Procedures – Maximum €30,000

 

Accelerated Procedures - Maximum €5,000

 

No grant reimbursement may exceed 70% (€30,000 for the Regular Procedures or €5,000 for the Accelerated Procedures) of the total project cost.

 

Financing may not be awarded retrospectively for projects initiated prior to the award of a grant.

 

Applications may be submitted in four (4) languages (Dutch, English, French or Spanish).

 

The objective of DAGS is as follows:

 

- Opening new markets; increasing exports to the Caribbean Region and/or other International Markets

- Lowering production costs

- Identifying new sources of supply for raw materials or other inputs

- Increasing productivity through training and personnel development

- Facilitating Trade Mark, Intellectual Property and Copyright Protection

- Reducing environmental impact

- Capitalising on the benefits of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME), CARICOM-Dominican Republic FTA or any other bilateral or multilateral arrangements signed by the region within the region or with ACP or EU partners

- Fostering intra-regional cooperation to enhance productivity and capitalise on economies of scale

- Promoting programmes which will impact on underdeveloped areas or disadvantage sectors within the region (e.g. rural area development and gender)

 

More information about The Direct Assistance Grant Scheme can be found at www.carib-export.com. Contact: Kirk Brown, Senior Grant Advisor (kbrown@carib-export.com) or Celestine Moe, Grant Advisor (cmoe@carib-export.com), Caribbean Export Development Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999


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