The Presidential Grant is one of the major interventions for Amerindians supported by the PPPC/Government which was pioneered by former President Bharrat Jagdeo in 2007. It is a monetary award allocated to Amerindian communities through the Amerindian Village Council, to help them establish income generating projects to advance their growth and development. Each community receives specific sums which range from $500,000 to $5,000,000 according to the size of the village in terms of its population.
The allocation of grants commenced in October, 2007 with a total of One hundred and fifty million dollars (G$150,000,000) allocated towards meeting the social and economic needs of one hundred and thirty nine Amerindian communities (139). This level of commitment continued throughout the years up to 2014, where there a total of 203 Amerindian villages and communities benefit from the programme. The Ministry of Amerindian Affairs has released six hundred ninety five million, six hundred seventy thousand, and seven hundred and seventy nine dollars ($695,670,779) to various Amerindian communities and villages from October 2007 to 2014.
The Presidential Grant has no doubt helped significantly to improve the standard of living in various villages through socio-economic projects by way of Agriculture, Infrastructure, Transportation, Socio-Cultural projects, tourism, and community development as a whole.
Project supported under the Presidential Grant initiatives are:
- – Transportation (Procurement of boat, engines, mini buses, truck, tractor, trailer, 4X4 pickups, and ATV for general transportation
- – Agricultural Projects (cattle farming, chicken rearing, cash crop farming)
- – Machinery & Equipment ( Chain saw, brush cutters, generator, solar systems)
- – Tourism ( Guest houses, Eco Lodges, benabs)
- – Productive Infrastructure ( Pavilions, Multi-purpose halls, Village Office, Village shops Roads, trails, bridges, revetments)
Presidential Grant 2015 Update
As the PPP/C Government continues to fulfill its commitment made for the development of Amerindian communities, the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs continues to issue presidential grants (PGs) in response to the various requests coming from the Amerindian villages and communities for their annual Presidential Grants to support projects in their respective villages and communities.
For the period January to February, 2015, a total of 38 villages from Regions 1, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 received their 2014 Presidential Grants amounting to a total of Thirty Nine million eight hundred and twenty eight thousand five hundred and seventy dollars ($39,828,570) .
These grants covered Agricultural based projects, poultry rearing, land and water transportation, eco-tourism and other community infrastructure projects.