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  • The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP).
  • Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models.
  • “We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said. 

The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP).

Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models.

“We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said.

The Acting Public Relations Manager added that through support and guidance, local economic initiatives were contributing to the national economy.

Acting Public Relations Manager at the Social Development Commission (SDC), Mandel McKulsky.

 

The LEDSP is one of seven programmes of the SDC through which different partners in a local area are brought together to work and harness local resources for sustainable economic growth.

Presently, the SDC is inviting proposals for the following grants – the Local Economic Development (LED) Grant totalling $2.7 million, with a maximum allocation of $100,000 per LEI; the Community Priority Project Grant, with a maximum allocation of $150,000 per group; and the Governance Capacity Grant, with a maximum allocation of $80,000 per group.

Application forms can be accessed through the SDC’s website https://sdc.gov.jm/social-development-commission-grant-call-for-proposals/ and submitted with accompanying documents to the respective SDC Parish Office no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 8.

Meanwhile, SDC Local Economic Development Coordinator for Manchester and St. Elizabeth, Damian Lowe, underscored the importance of developing local economic initiatives.

“We want to go further with the LEDSP because there are many persons who don’t know how to take their ideas or businesses to the level where it is sustainable with clients and earnings that can contribute directly to employing persons,” Mr. Lowe said.

“More importantly, persons with disabilities are not left out of this programme, so we are making that sort of connection with those who want to delve into business but do not have the resources, time or persons to hold their hands and walk with them through that journey till they can run,” he added.

Mr. Lowe is also encouraging microbusiness owners and persons with business ideas to seek the assistance they need.

“We (the SDC) are in every parish. There are community development committees that meet every month that you can engage. Just make the call, make the journey to our parish offices, stop our officers when you see us in our branded shirts and talk to us; we will steer you in the right direction. That is what we are here for,” he urged.

A list of all SDC Parish Offices can be found on their website at https://sdc.gov.jm/contact-us/.