DAGS Sensitization Workshops held in the Grenadines


A number of business operators on the Grenadine islands of Bequia and Union Island

are now exploring ideas which they may be able to use to access grant funding under the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) being executed by Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).


This, having participated in two simultaneous workshops on May 3, organized to sensitize businesses in the Grenadines about how they can apply under DAGS, which is funded by the European Union under the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme. DAGS is designed to support established businesses with strong potential to export their products and services.


CEDA opened its latest Call for Proposals (CfP) under its DAGS on April 23, giving an opportunity for businesses within CARIFORUM to receive the funding. The grant allows reimbursements to a maximum of 70% of the total value of projects and this is capped at 50,000 Euros.  The minimum grant amount that can be applied for is 10,000 Euros. The deadline for applications is June 4, 2018.


The workshops on Bequia and Union Island were held as part of efforts by Invest SVG and the Centre for Enterprise Development Inc (CED) to promote the DAGS and enlighten the local business sector about the programme. The sessions were conducted by CEDA Country Advisors, who were among sixteen (16) individuals from Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines trained and certified last month in Antigua.

SVG’s Country Advisors are Angenella Young, Sianne Timm and Hazel-Ann Nero-Roberts of Invest SVG and Keisha Phillips and Nisha Glasgow from the CED.


As Country Advisors, these individuals are key to the new DAGS. They were trained by Caribbean Export on all aspects of the DAGS – especially the application and reimbursement process - as they will act as an extension of the DAGS unit and be the first contact point with businesses at the national level to address concerns and questions. A Terms of Reference (TOR) to guide the new Country Advisors on their roles and responsibilities was distributed. Each Country Advisor also signed a Confidentiality Agreement.


The session on Bequia was held at the Bequia Community High School by Angenella Young, Keisha Phillips and Nisha Glasgow; while in Union Island Hazel-Ann Nero-Roberts conducted the session at the Learning Resource Centre in Ashton.

Persons wishing to apply to DAGS can download the application package at: www.carib-export.com/opportunities/call-for-proposals-direct-assistance-grant-scheme-dags/.



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