The DBJ’s grant programmes are support services that provide capacity development support to MSMEs to improve their:
- Access to financing; and
- Productive capacity
These programmes include:
The Energy Audit Grant assists the MSME to make informed decisions about investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
MSMEs are offered an Energy Audit Grant of $200,000 to conduct an energy audit of their businesses by Certified Energy Managers. The grant may be used to support the MSME accessing a loan or implementing energy-efficient projects.
The Jamaica Business Fund is a component of the Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project (FCGP), a US$25-million project funded by the World Bank. The overall objective of the FCGP is to enable private sector-led growth, in the Jamaican economy, in an inclusive and sustainable way.
The JBF is financed under the FCGP’s Component 3A Loan Agreement between the Government of Jamaica and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank). Component 3A directly supports SMEs by funding a combination of supply chain learning, skills upgrading, and finance. This will improve the productivity of SMEs in the supply chain and increase output and the competitiveness of supply to larger buyer (Anchor) firms and their downstream clients enhancing the competitiveness of exports and import-competing products.
The structure of the JBF creates a framework to provide benefits to a wide number of MSMEs, specifically micro-enterprises, which would have been difficult to attain through another mechanism.
Key to the design of the JBF is the recognition that Anchor firms present significant capacity to multiply outputs and increase incomes for all actors in the supply chain. Anchor firms often work with a large number of SME suppliers; and their co-investments with these suppliers can accelerate the growth process in the supply chains. This, in turn, provides increased market opportunities for the SMEs and allows the Anchor firms to offer differentiated products of greater quality and value, giving all the market actors a competitive advantage.
For more details, please visit the Jamaica Business Fund link in the DBJ’s website, or JBF’s website https://jamaicabusinessfund.com/
The Voucher for Technical Assistance, a capacity development product, provides approximately 30 business support services to MSMEs, to assist entrepreneurs to create more viable and sustainable business operations.
The VTA provides MSMEs with access to specific business development services with the aim of improving their management capacity and their ability to access credit from the DBJ’s network of Approved Financial Institutions (AFIs).
For more details, please visit the VTA website www.dbjvoucher.com
The Go-Digital Voucher is an electronic voucher issued to micro and small Enterprises to promote the adoption of cutting-edge technology in their businesses and is redeemable at any of the DBJ-affiliated Information Technological Business Development Organisations (IT-BDOs).
The Go-Digital Voucher is available for digital services that include payroll systems, HR applications, video conferencing, electronic document/ file management, collaboration & project management, social media, online banking, WhatsApp business, digital payment gateway & ecommerce platforms, and electronic signatures, among others.
The Go-Digital Voucher is part of the DBJ’s COVID-19 response; therefore, recipients are still eligible for the Bank’s regular Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) services.
For more, please visit the Go-Digital website.
The IGNITE programme fosters entrepreneurship, innovation and support for the creation and growth of new firms in productive sectors among MSMEs, from the start-up to the growth stage within two years.
The programme provides grant funds up to $4 million or 70% of the project cost, whichever is higher.
The grant is channeled through Business Service Intermediaries (BSIs), which are business support organizations that will assist the MSMEs in presenting their proposals and monitoring the progress of grant recipients.
For more, please visit the IGNITE website.
The BIGEE programme is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance the economic growth of MSMEs in Jamaica. Therefore, to this end, the programme provides funding that covers MSMEs at all levels of development and includes the following grant programmes:
- Innovation Grant Fund
- Sidecar Fund
- Seed Fund
For additional information, please visit the BIGEE website.