Frequently Asked Questions

This evaluation is carried out based on the Poverty Map developed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ.) The PIOJ Poverty Map ranks communities into four categories (Quartiles), with Quartile 1 being the least poor and Quartile 4, the poorest.

The ranking of a community is based on four indicators:

  • Percentage of households without piped water.
  • Percentage of households without exclusive use of water closet (flushable toilets)
  • Percentage of the labour force within the community that is unemployed
  • Percentage of community population with primary education only

No, JSIF does not fund individual applications. Application for funding to the JSIF must be made through a community based organization (CBO). Examples of such CBOs include benevolent societies and community development groups.

JSIF funds small scale community projects and seek provide assistance to alleviate “Public” and not “Private or individual” poverty.

Sponsor refers to the community based organization (CBO) that proposes the community project and applies to the JSIF for funding.

Checks on the status of an application or project may be made by contacting the JSIF or by viewing the project status online. The JSIF can be contacted by telephone on any of the following numbers:

1(876) 929-1620 / 1(876) 968-4378

1(876) 968-4545 / 1(876) 926-6238

1(876) 926-7154 / 1(876) 906-2869.

Alternatively, you may visit the JSIF office at 1C-1F Pawsey Road, Kingston 5 (New Kingston).       

Click here to Check Project Status online

No. The JSIF does not provide loans.  The JSIF provides funding for community based  projects.  Community projects funded by JSIF may fall under one of the following categories:

  • Infrastructure : This involves the construction and equipping of early childhood development centres, primary and all-age schools, health centres, etc.


  • Social Services: This involves Vocational skills training, literacy training, conflict resolution, substance abuse counseling, among other similar projects.


  • Capacity Building: These may include disaster preparedness, organizational development, management of community based resource centres, among others.

JSIF does not fund the following:

  • Purchase or lease of land or buildings
  • Construction on private land without required legal documents.
  • Recurrent costs such as salaries, maintenance and utilities
  • Projects sponsored by an individual


It takes a minimum of 22 weeks and a maximum of 37 weeks for project applications to go through the approval process. 

JSIF demand exceeds supply, In order to ensure as many people benefit from the limited funding that JSIF has, applications are assessed on a case by case basis whether multiple investments will be placed in a community. Communities that have not had access to, the organization are given a preference during appraisal and evaluation.

Possible reasons for rejecting a community application include:

  • The project does not meet the JSIF's funding criteria.
  • The community did not submit land documents
  • The project is not feasible on technical and environmental grounds


Yes. JSIF periodically develops and distributes promotional material directed at underserved communities providing information on eligibility, types of projects, application procedures etc. We are also a partner with the Social Development Commission which provides information about the Fund and can assist communities in applying for project.

When JSIF began in 1996 it fell under the portfolio of the Ministry of Finance & Planning. Since 2007, JSIF, has been placed in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Under the ICBSP, the Community Committee's main role is to act as a facilitator of dialogue, and as an enabler of services. It will support communication between the community members themselves and between the committee members and outside institutions.

The Community Committee is the main group that represents the community on all decisions related to the project and its implementation. The Community Committee is to be the representative of all community interests and should represent the views of these groups. When these entities have been assigned legal status they will be able to enter into contracts with contractors and other providers of goods and services for the implementation of projects and activities in the community.

Members of the Community Committee will not be paid for the services they provide for the implementation of the project in their community. The project will, however, provide a small stipend to persons who are actively participating in the management of the project to defray the cost of transportation and other miscellaneous personal expenses.

The Inner City Basic Services Project will be implemented in 12 pre-selected communities. The direct interventions were designed to meet the needs of these specific communities. Neighbouring community members may however participate in the social interventions if they qualify and fit into the category being targeted.

The Inner City Basic Services Project will be facilitate access to micro loans for persons in the communities through accredited financial institutions.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) has thousand of standards, of which ISO 14001 is the Environmental Management System (EMS) standard. An EMS addresses the management of organizations activities, its environmental impacts and the commitment of the entire organization to environmental sustainability.