JN Foundation awards $8.3 million to implement seven community projects

Dawnette Pryce-Thompson (second right), project coordinator at the JN Foundation presents Donna Burton (third right), centre manager at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation with a funding approval to outfit the new centre with furniture. Sharing in the moment are: Marva Edwards (left), JN Circle member; Lorna Sinclair (second left) , business relationship and sales manager for St Elizabeth, JN Bank and Celia Burnett (right), member relations coordinator, The Jamaica National Group.

The JN Foundation has awarded $8.3 million to community organisations to implement seven community-related projects across the island.

According to a release, the grant funding will be administered through the JN Circle, a global network of JN members and customers who are empowered by JN to work together to improve their own lives and the lives of other Jamaicans everywhere.

The projects are set to cover a range of social development, education and health initiatives in communities across six parishes.

Dawnette Pryce-Thompson, project coordinator at the JN Foundation, said she was happy to be awarding the grants to projects that will resonate and be impactful when implemented.

“The JN Foundation is committed to enriching lives and building communities. We believe that these awards which were proposed by our JN Circle members in communities across the island, will be sustainably implemented and will yield measurable and realistic outcomes,” she said.

The projects that have been awarded grants include a skills training centre spearheaded by the Ocho Rios Baptist Church and the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios and will target unattached youth in Ocho Rios and its environs by providing them with practical training in the areas of plumbing and electrical installation.

The training will be certified by the HEART/ NSTA Trust and will be conducted in a retrofitted 40-foot container located at the church.

The Port Maria Hospital in St Mary will also benefit from the grant funding with the donation of medical equipment, such as an ECG machine, pulse oximeters and a defibrillator. This equipment will assist the hospital to improve healthcare services to patients.

Bull Savannah Primary & Junior High School in St Elizabeth has been awarded funding to furnish an existing open-air lunchroom that caters to some 40 students. This will be done through the donation of dining tables and chairs.

Maryland Primary and Infant School in Hanover is another recipient that will benefit from the donation of tablets to be used as loaners to students in need. The devices will assist them with accessing lessons remotely, when necessary and provide access to online resources.

Residents of Cross Keys and surrounding communities in southern Manchester, the Spanish Town Young Men Citizens Association in St Catherine and the newly built centre of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth are some of the grant’s recipients.

The JN Foundation last year issued a call for proposals for projects that will improve communities to access grant funding of up to $1.5 million. Twenty-seven project proposals were received.