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The St. Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) with a grant of approximately EC $6 Million from the European Union have started a project “ Poverty Reduction through Community Based Development Planning”. The project is designed to help 16 of the poorest communities in the rural areas in St. Lucia improve their standard of living. (How were these communities selected?)


The programme seeks to develop and implement community action plans which will aim to build community assets, strengthening human capital and organisational capacity in overcoming poverty.




St. Lucia Social Development Fund


The “POVERTY REDUCTION THROUGH COMMUNITY BASED DEVELOPMENT PLANNING” project is integrated in the permanent structure of the St. Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF). The core mandate of SSDF is to facilitate the delivery of services, infrastructure, opportunities and access to resources to the indigent, poor and vulnerable populations and communities throughout the island.


In sum, the Executive Director, the Project Co-ordinator and key SSDF staff are integral to the overall project implementation and coordination. General oversight and policy guidance is provided by the SSDF Board of Directors.




Project Support Unit (PSU)


This unit is comprised of technical, projects, accounts and administrative officers of the Fund. In addition, a programme implementation team was established in collaboration with the Social Transformation Officers to foster meaningful synergies and linkages with the Ministry of Social Transformation. A total of 22 Programme Officers from the two agencies provide support towards the effective implementation of the SSDF/SFA 2006 programme within the 16 selected communities. effective implementation of the SSDF/SFA 2006 programme within the 16 selected communities.


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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