Why choose the EFJ

The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) is the largest grant-maker in Jamaica and works to catalyze on-the-ground change in environmental conservation and child survival and development. Born out of a creative “debt-swap” between the Governments of the United States and Jamaica, the EFJ received approximately US$21.39 million between 1993 and 2012 under this arrangement.  In twenty years (1993-2013), through a strong track record of financial and grant accountability systems, and, impressive returns on investments, the EFJ has taken a corpus of US$21.39 million and has made grant awards of approximately US$42 million to just over 1,250 projects. It goes without saying that that has resulted in the EFJ having a significant impact on lives in Jamaica and the region.

 

The EFJ merged operations with the Jamaica Protected Areas Trust/Forest Conservation Fund. The Forest Conservation Fund (FCF) has been in existence since 2004 (formed also through a “debt-swap” between the United States and Jamaican Governments) and has made grants of US$8.60 million to 48 projects. So combined, the EFJ (which is the name the consolidated entity maintained) has 30 years experience in grant making and has awarded over US$50 million in grants to approximately 1300 projects.

 

As a national trust fund, and one of the oldest in the Caribbean and Latin American region, the EFJ has a strong working relationship with:- the Government of Jamaica and civil society (including a deep understanding of the landscape and context for operating in Jamaica), as well as regional and international partners. We ensure that funds are spent effectively and efficiently, to maximize direct impacts for the environment and children of Jamaica.

 

The EFJ also has a strong history of working with external parties in the management and administration of Grants. Notably we have worked with:

  1. Elma Relief Foundation
  2. Bernard Van Leer Foundation
  3. Jamaica Protected Areas Trust / Forest Conservation Fund  
  4. United Nations Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Programme
  5. InterAmerican Foundation

The EFJ is convinced that this wealth of experience will ensure is its major selling point.

 

Grant Management Process

The EFJ’s Grant Management process has three (3) broad areas; (1) Call for Proposals, (2) Disbursement and Grant Monitoring and (3) Impact data evaluation. Information from all three steps are captured in our Grant Management Software – MicroEdge Gifts, and the process is overseen by a Grants Management Committee (GMC)/ Technical Committee of the Board of Directors.  The GMC makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for the approval of Grants. The Board makes the final decision on awards.

 

  • Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals process starts with a general advertisement on the EFJ’s website, Social media platforms, general advertisement in the  daily papers and email blasts to EFJ Members and Associates.

A Proposal writing session is held, normally in at least three areas across the island to ensure that the proposals received meet the guidelines set out for proposals. 

  • Reporting

The EFJ prides itself on the timely reporting to stakeholders. Our annual Congressional reports are testimonies to this fact. (Click here to review our Congressional Reports)

Additionally, the EFJ has an independent external audit done annually. The EFJ guards it reputation fiercely of not having an an adverse opinion and continues to implement the necessary internal control mechanisms to maintain this reputation. (Click here for the acheter du cialis en ligne EFJ's Audited Financial Statements)