Dart is now accepting applications from locally registered non-profit organisations for the 2020 Dart Grants programme. Launched last year, Dart Grants supports well-run, registered non-profits with high-impact work in the areas of youth development, education or the environment.
Eligible non-profit organisations are invited to submit an expression of interest for either a CI$25,000 or CI$50,000 Dart Grant no later than 28 February 2020. Successful Phase I applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed proposal to explain the need for and potential impact of their proposed initiative.
The competitive, two-stage process is designed to reduce the burden of time on non-profit organisations interested in applying for grants; only selected organisations will be required to submit the detailed grant application and undergo the competitive grant review process. In addition to financial support, successful Dart Grant recipients may choose to seek supplementary support through Dart staff expertise and organised volunteering.
The grants recipients are required to provide a midyear progress report.
In its inaugural year, the Dart Grants programme received 50 applications from local non-profit organisations. Following a rigorous evaluation process, Dart awarded a total of CI$250,000 to nine recipients. Dart staff chose Special Needs Foundation Cayman to receive the CI$50,000 Dart Grant while CI$25,000 each was awarded to the Alex Panton Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cayman’s Acts of Random Kindness, the Cayman Islands Sailing Club, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Literacy Is For Everyone, the Stingray Swim Club, and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.
The 2020 Dart Grants programme is open to both successful and unsuccessful 2019 Dart Grants applicants.
Dart continues to accept applications from eligible organisations for donations up to CI$10,000 that fall outside the Dart Grants programme and corporate sponsorships, such as tickets for charitable events or branded sponsorship of community events. Applications for the three types of funding are available through its website at dart.ky/about-us/community.
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Dart Executive Vice President with responsibility for community development, Pilar Bush:
“Here at Dart, we recognise that well-run non-profit organisations have the potential to enrich lives now and for generations to come. We established Dart Grants to help these organisations make an even bigger positive impact in our community. We look forward to receiving applications from locally registered non-profit organisations with high impact work in these three areas of focus and working closely with the successful applicants to better our shared community.”