Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF)
The BNTF is funded by a grant of US$2,866,897 from the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and administered by the
Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) providing
counterpart funding of US$570,344 making the total cost of the Project
US$3,437,241. Grant Agreement No. GA 19/JAM was signed June 16, 2003 between the
CDB and the GoJ with a Closing Date of June 30, 2010.
The BNTF aims to provide resources to poor, underserved
communities to improve access to basic public services, enhance employability
and reduce social vulnerability. The Programme seeks to improve living
conditions in poor communities, reduce poverty and unemployment through the
provision of water systems, schools, health facilities, rural roads, drains and
footpaths, market infrastructure, day-care centres and skills training.