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Having realized the impact of poverty on a small developing country such as St.Lucia and the task involved in its alleviation the SSDF through its current joint institutional segments PRF (Poverty Reduction Fund) and the BNTF (Basic needs Trust Fund) have developed partner ships with a host of National organizations in fulfilling its mandate. These social partners have themselves been involved in assisting the indigent in their own way. The fostering of such partnership can only augur well in the war on poverty and impact positively on ensuring the optimal use of the scarce resources put to use in doing so.


Such joint actions allow for a non duplication of efforts, an exchange of experiences and expertise as well as the identification of areas warranting specific intervention as may be determined by any initial assessment, as the issue of poverty is often clustered within a sphere of other problem giving rise an escalation of such ills.



The SSDF depends on the community to identify and implement projects. You can become a partner in the reduction of poverty in St. Lucia by:


  • Establishing or joining an organised group or club in your community and work on community development projects.
  • Becoming a member of a Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) for a project undertaken in your community.
  • Identifying areas which need assistance in your community and preparing a proposal or project request form to submit to the SSDF.
  • Become a volunteer in your community and assist with the implementation of SSDF projects.



  • National Youth Council - NYC
  • National Council of and for Older persons
  • Division of Human Services
  • St.Lucia Blind Welfare Association
  • St.Lucy's Home
  • Mental Health Association
  • Senior Citizens Home
  • Ministry of Health , Urban Renewal & Locao Government
  • St.Lucia Nurses Association
  • National Enrichment Learning Unit
  • St.Lucia Diabetic and Hypertensive Association
  • National Emergency Management Unit
  • National Skill Development Unit
  • National Council for Persons with Disabilities
  • St.Lucia Planned Parenthood Association


This is done via the use of the Poverty Index. The Poverty Index is constructed from socio-economic data captured in the latest national Census (2001). It is indicative of the level of deprivation of communities (measured by access to services such as water and electricity supply) and the living conditions of households within these communities (income and expenditure data, as well as the size of households).

Yes, through either the housing and educational assistance programs.

Yes, the SSDF proposal must address the needs of low income groups or communities subsequent to qualifying for any such assistance.

The sponsors are the financial organizations such as The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), The European Union (EU) , and The Government of St.Lucia (GOSL) who fund SSDF's various project initiatives.

All proposals are numerically numbered so reference would be made to that project number for an update. A project status can be checked on by visiting, calling or emailing SSDF, or via the SSDF website

No, SSDF does not loan money.

There is no limit to the number of projects offered to a community however; SSDF will normally execute one project per community at a time.

A proposal would be rejected by SSDF if they were to qualify as:


  • Micro credit or loans
  • Projects which involve tobacco, alcohol, other drugs or intoxicants
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Purchase of land
  • Direct expenditure (including renovation, rehabilitation or repair work) on private property arising from the project
  • Construction of first and secondary category roads
  • Assistance for the furtherance of religious or political ends
  • A proposal in excess of $250,000.00
  • Proposal not approved by the majority in community
  • Project not sustainable.


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John Compton Highway
Saint Lucia
West Indies




P.O. Box Choc 8180
Castries LC 02 801
Saint Lucia
West Indies 






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Division of Human Services

  • Mental Health Association
  • Ministry of Health, Urban Renewal & Local Government
  • National Council for Persons with Disabilities
  • National Council of & for Older persons
  • National Emergency Management Unit
  • National Enrichment Learning Unit
  • National Skills Development Unit
  • National Youth Council
  • St.Lucy’s Home
  • St.Lucia Blind Welfare Association
  • St.Lucia Diabetic & Hypertensive Association
  • St.Lucia Nurses Association
  • St.Lucia Planned Parenthood Association
  • Senior Citizens Home