Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

  • Be a firm (i.e. entity, individual or company) legally registered and operating in a CARIFORUM member state; or
  • Be a legally registered Business Support Organization (BSOs) in a CARIFORUM member state partnering with at least two (2) private sector firms;
  • Be firms trading and operational for at least two (2) years supported by last two years financial statements/accounts (no start-ups);
  • Be able to finance and sustain their projects fully at the beginning; that is 100% financing is available prior to project initiation; and
  • Be exporting or demonstrate their potential to export goods and services.


Eligible Projects

Applicants may seek funding for any of the following projects, this list is for guidance only and is not exhaustive:

  • Equipment modernization
  • Food safety standards/certification/regulations
  • Research, Development and Innovation
  • Advisory services
  • Product and service development
  • Marketing services and activities (e.g. trade fairs participation, trade mission and in-market activities)
  • Quality and environmental systems
  • Promotional material (e.g. brochures, catalogues, CDs and videos)
  • Training programmes
  • Implementation of IT solutions (e.g. website, e-commerce and multimedia)
  • Market research and testing
  • Packaging, design
  • Intellectual Property activities (e.g. brand registration and patents)