Basic Needs Trust Fund

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The BNTF intends to provide resources to poor communities to improve access to basic public services, enhance employability and reduce social vulnerability.

What is BNTF?

BNTF is jointly funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and ten beneficiary Governments including Dominica. The Fund provides the means for direct delivery of basic public services to people living in poor communities in a sustainable and gender sensitive manner. Its method of implementation allows for a more socially inclusive development process. Using participatory methods, community members from targeted communities are involved in the assessment and prioritisation of community development needs to inform sub-projects to be funded by BNTF. The goal of BNTF is to improve social stability and increase the productivity of the poor.

What is the Purpose of BNTF?

The purpose of the BNTF Programme is to target interventions in poor communities, to:

  • Increase the productivity and income of the unemployed and underemployed
  • Improve the standard of living of poor people
  • Expand and conserve the stock of economic and social infrastructure essential to national growth
  • Strengthen community organizations to  be able to initiate and manage change.

Which Activities can be funded by BNTF?

Eligible sub-projects include:

  • Development of potable water systems.
  • Improvements in health and educational facilities.
  • Creation of better access through the construction of roads, drains and footpaths.
  • Construction/rehabilitation of facilities that enhance the physical environment of the elderly, infirm or children at risk and those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Skills training and upgrading for employment and self-employment.
  • Skills training for health professionals in counselling and other services to help those at risk of infection, and those living with, HIV/AIDS, including preparation of  educational and promotional material.
  • Community empowerment and capacity building,(e.g. leadership skills and institution building).
  • Repair and construction of community retail-based facilities (e.g.: crafts market).

Who can submit sub-project requests for funding?

  • Community groups
  • Non-Government Organizations
  • Government Organizations or Agencies
  • Community Based Organizations


  • Each sub-project, irrespective of who made the initial request, must have the sponsorship of the targeted community or group
  • Sub-project beneficiaries are expected to be involved in the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of each sub-project implemented.
  • Facilities must be Community/Government owned and/or assisted.
  • Sub-projects will be eligible if they meet defined, criteria including needs assessments, and fall within the BNTF Poverty Reduction Action Plan

The Sub-Project Cycle

  • Submit requests to the BNTF office
  • Conduct Needs Assessment and Community Profiles
  • Complete application form Obtain “No Objection” from relevant line Ministry
  • Obtain Project Steering Committee approval
  • Submit PSC approved application to CDB for final “Approval/No Objection”
  • Review/design of approved sub-project by Consultants
  • Select and engage contractors
  • Mobilize community and implement sub-project
  • Hand-over sub-project/or certificates to trainees

More information can be found on the Publications Section under the heading BNTF.

Basic Needs Trust Fund
54 Kennedy Avenue
PO Box 869
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: (767) 266 3048 / 3932 / 448 4762
 Fax: (767) 448 5284
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Our Vision

To function as a catalyst for the improved spiritual, social and economic well-being of the populace and to facilitate the transition to a more just society.

Our Mission

To promote spirituality, strengthen family structures and develop human and social capital via the provision of support to the most vulnerable segments of society, reduction of inequality and gender discrimination and improved access to opportunities.