Our Background


The program was started in 1979 and is a CDB-funded project that’s across 11 countries. Those counties include St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, St. Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Dominica, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, and St. Kitts and Nevis. 

The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) – SVG is jointly funded by the CDB and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GOSVG). This grant programme seeks to pursue and contributes to the reduction of poverty in poor, rural and vulnerable communities. It is one avenue where the government has partnered with the CDB to make available investment that assisted with the reduction in poverty through improved community access and drainage; improved and enhanced education and human resource development and improved access to water and sanitation and health. The Programmes have made tremendous, positive impact on the lives of the poor and vulnerable, especially in the rural communities.

The government’s strategic approaches to socio-economic development rest on its ability to reduce poverty levels, improve the physical infrastructure, environmental sustainability and the human and social capital (SVG’s Country Policy Framework).

SVG was one of the first countries to benefit from the BNTF programme in its inception in 1979 and has benefitted in every programme cycle to date. 


Dunstan Johnson

Project Manager

Kendal Sampson

Community Liasson Officer

Sophia Danzine

Accounting/Administrative Officer

Jonique Pitt

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Kaylorn Williams

Accounts clerk

Linda Laidlow


Our Mission

Bntf provides resources to poor communities in order to improve access to basic public services and enhance employability with could reduce beneficiaries economic and social vulnerability to risk that impact on income and well being.

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