The JN Foundation through the JN Circle is inviting members to submit proposals for projects which will improve their communities; and to access grant funding of up to J$1.5 million, to address issues related to health and safety; education and sports development, at the community level.

Claudine Allen, general manager of the JN Foundation, said that the Foundation was working in collaboration with the JN Circle to implement the projects. The deadline for the proposals is November 30.

For proposals to be considered, they must have the following criteria: projects must fit within the themes/focal areas; must be sustainable and impactful; should have measurable and realistic outcomes; and, the project budget should be aligned with the grant amount.

“The proposals must be an initiative being implemented by chapters of the JN Circle and their partner organisations. Projects should be for the benefit of the community and not an individual,” she pointed out.

She urged persons to visit the JN Circle website at https://www.myjncircle.com, to learn about the JN Circle, and join a local chapter so that they can be a part of an initiative in their community.

“The Foundation prepared JN Circle members to identify and develop projects which will create positive impact in their communities,” Ms Allen went on to say. “We hosted training sessions to ensure the ideas presented were sustainable, measurable and importantly, they would achieve the JN Circle mandate of community building.”

Welcoming the initiative, Phillip Service, President of the JN Circle Falmouth, noted the positive impact which the funds could create. He added that all JN Circle members should use this opportunity to access needed funding for their respective community projects.

“This is an opportunity for community leaders to add some value to what is being offered at the community level. Certainly, it will make a significant contribution to education, or any of the social issues being faced by the community,” he said.

“This is also an opportunity to also develop leaders, who are consciously able to respond to those issues,” he added.

The JN Foundation established the pool of J$15 million, to be accessed by chapters of the JN Circle for the funding initiatives, which will serve to improve their communities. A selection committee is in place to review applications and determine the winning projects.

The JN Circle is a network of clubs, which comprises JN members and customers of the companies in The Jamaica National Group. It was introduced in August 2019; and allows members and customers, who share JN’s values, to take action aimed to improve outcomes for themselves and for all Jamaicans, wherever they reside. There are 16 JN Circle clubs across the country.