The State Department through the U.S. Mission to Belize is planning to spend $500,000 to create jobs for youth in Belize.

“Marginalized youth are empowered when given a voice and opportunities. Equipping marginalized youth and their communities with economic opportunities and/or business training can help them reach their true potential as entrepreneurs and improve citizen security,” the grant announcement said.

The grant proposal seeks to “confront the root causes of violence and crime” in Belize “in a creative and effective way” and “to create positive cultural and social conditions, which are the foundations of a peaceful and orderly society.”

“Root causes in Belize include, but are not limited to, the lack of economic development, the lack of skills and/or tradecraft, the lack of conflict resolution skills, and/or the lack of opportunity for youth,” the grant said.

“Up to 10 grants will be awarded totaling, but not exceeding $500,000.” Applicants can apply for grants of at least $50,000 and up to $200,000.

The grant was announced on May 17 and the deadline for applications was July 14. contacted the State Department for comment, but no response was given by press time.

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