REPORT #5 1998
GRANTS AND GRANT SOURCES
Produced by the Belize
On the Belize Electronic Resource and Development Library site, we have
a section titled GRANTS.
There are 30 sources for GRANTS on this site. Some of these access a
further 50,000 sites for GRANTS.
There must be a 150,000 or more GRANT sites on the internet. Many do
not apply to a place like Belize. We have started sifting through them
using three internet outsourcing researchers, on a time available basis.
Because internet research time, is so costly in labor hours and in
Belize, such research is not practical because of the pricing structure
of internet access, we have made it a priority to find GRANT sources, for
the Belizeans who would like to improve facilities, establish new ones
and any other need you can identify.
This short list so far, represents 33 hours of research time on the
internet, screening less than a thousand grants so far. We have a long
way to go. At $22 USA per hour for outsourcing by researchers, this list
represents a cost to the Belize Development Trust, of $726 USA currency
in research time. It does not cover the cost of the web site, or web
There are GRANT SOURCES here for usage by any Belizean covering the
As we get time, we will add to this short list of sources.
- Education, schools programs
- How to write GRANTs, grant forms, and How To Make GRANT production assembly lines for cash flow development.
- Grants for elementary schools and secondary schools in Belize
- U.S. A.I.D. grants
- Hurricane disaster grants
- Grants for hospitals, clinics, medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals.
- Poverty grants for self help programs and NGO's
- Grants for water wells, pumps for rural communities
- Grants for schools and housing
- Grants for sanitation in rural areas
- Grants for small start up businesses
- Grants for family planning and health education programs.
- Grants for children services
- There are many others on some sites, which we have not researched, but which you can look at, to see if they fit your needs.
One word of caution about GRANT writing. The rejection rate on GRANT
applications is about 95%. You have to persevere to find one, in that
5%, that will fit your needs. Grants are highly subjective things and
organizations often follow the latest fads, jargon and buzz words in
their fields. Many grant sources are subject to favoritism of the ideas
and interests of committees, or receiving secretaries through which they
Grant writing and sending of applications is expensive in labor
preparation, office supplies,photocopying, ink and postage stamps. Your
grant application should include sufficient margin to cover these extra
There is still difficulty in Belize with accessing the internet. The
National Library Service say they are working on getting public internet
access terminals open in the districts and rural areas where they are
needed the most.
In the meantime, the following schools are supposed to have internet
access, as of March 5th, 1998.
Benque Viejo - Mopan High School
Benque Viejo - Mount Carmel High School
San Ignacio - Sacred Heart College
Orange Walk - Muffles College
Corozal - Corozal Community College
Dangriga - Stann Creek Ecumenical College
As far as we know, there is no internet terminal access in the capital
Belmopan, Independence, Seine Bight, Punta Gorda, San Pedro Columbia,
Caye Caulker. This situation is fluid and both the internet committee
and the National Library Service are working on these shortcomings.
If you wish to develop your local area through sourcing GRANTS, use
this list. We have attempted to save you hours of research time. Even
so, be prepared to spend a minimum of one or two hours on the internet,
even using these sites to get what specific information you need. If you
should find some other suitable site, then please E Mail it to us for
screening and including on the Belize Electronic Library Project.
There is supposed to be some $12 million Bz per annum allocated by
Belmopan to be used for poverty and community development programs. We
do not have any hard facts on this. But the highway loans for the UK,
repayment schedule is supposed to be set aside for this and must be used
up. I am presuming the biggest portion of this will go out to the public
and NGO's that are formed to supply this type of localize out sourced
servicing. This is why we have included samples on the GRANT list of
GRANT writing, applications and other self learning formats you may need
to apply for some of this money, to be applied to programs in your rural
area within Belize.
CHALLENGE TO BELMOPAN BUREAUCRATS-
We here at the Belize Development Trust offer a challenge to the
bureaucrats that will handle this GRANT process for poverty and Community
In order to assist you and make your work more efficient, send us the
information you will need for GRANT applications, from Belizean project
supervisors and NGO's. A description of the sizes of grants, the
reporting and auditing requirements and any other appropriate
information. We will assemble this information on a WEB PAGE, mount it
on the internet and LINK to it, for the Belize Electronic Resource and
Development Library, for public dissemination, FREE OF CHARGE to the
as a patriotic public service to the nation at large. We feel it is this
important, not to waste any time.
Properly, this also should be put on the Government Web site, but the
last time I checked a month ago, this project had stalled out and nothing
was being done. We are far more efficient and will GUARANTEE, if you
send us the information via E Mail, we shall have it constructed in Web
Page format, mounted on the internet and accessible to the public within
24 hours of receipt.
Your information and requirements will then be available to the
Belizean public, at least those that can get access to the internet
through their school students that have access and also to your masters
in the UK, cabinet ministers the other side of the pond who want
accounting for what you are doing. No three month mail delivery, or
typing reports. England's bureaucrats will be able to see what you are
doing, as fast as you do.
Please send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org of Dangriga.
Additionally, on this Electronic library for Belizean Development, you
will find all kinds of assorted things, such as sources for Venture
Capital. How to prepare Business Plans for Venture Capital, How to make
12 volt windmill generators, converting automobile and motorcycle
engines into aircraft suitable engines, how to build your own airplane,
sailplane, parafoil, motorized parafoils, ultra lights, plans for
developing your school, computer labs and hookups for schools, tropical
agriculture, small business advice sources and many, many other useful
bits of knowledge.
Go to your local High School that has internet access and take a look!
http://AmbergrisCaye.com/BzLibrary is the URL http address.
We welcome ideas and sources of http addresses for useful subjects for
Belize Development. Volunteerism is always good for the soul. So we
invite Belizeans abroad to take a half hour a day sometimes and find us
some useful bit of knowledge worth including on the Electronic Resource
and Development Library. Right now we are looking for European Union
GRANT resources for the Caribbean area and stuff on shrimp ponds and
farming, tilapia tank and pond farming, as examples.
Together, WE CAN make a difference!