Grants

Grant Information

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) invites organizations to submit proposals for funding through its PAS grants program.

The PAS grants programs support projects that further U.S. foreign policy, U.S. interests and universal values in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  PAS engagement in all realms — including direct foreign assistance via grants — is guided by support for the institutions and processes that under-gird the maturing democracies in the Eastern Caribbean.  Proposals should clearly demonstrate how the program relates to and promotes U.S. foreign policy.  Organizations and projects which have received funding in the previous 5 years may apply, but priority is given to organizations and projects which have not been previously funded by the Government of the United States of America.

Click the drop-down menus below to view successful past projects from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

For more information regarding the Public Affairs Section and PAS grants please visit our Fact And Question Section.

Embassy Bridgetown welcomes applications for Public Affairs Section (PAS) Grants program.  NGOs, community-based organizations and not-for-profit organizations based and legally registered in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are eligible to apply. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to BridgetownGrants@state.gov. Successful applicants will be contacted by email to advise if their applications are successful.  Hard copies will not be accepted.

Applicants must complete and print the PAS Grants Application (PDF 219 KB) and SF-424 Form PDF 271 KB). Both must be completed in their entirety and must be accompanied by a comprehensive budget, before the proposal will be considered. Proposal budgets may range from USD $5,000 to USD $20,000.   Proposals should not be for charitable grants. Successful  proposals will closely align with the U.S. Governments’ priorities for the region.

Before submitting the application package, applicants must:

  • Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System(DUNS) number. This is a unique 9 digit number that is obtained for free at http://dnb.com/webform and is linked to your organization.
  • Obtain an NCAGE Number. A NATO Commercial and Governmental Entity Code (NCAGE) is required for non-U.S. based organizations that are looking to work with the U.S. government and is required for SAM.gov registration. Click on this link to get started https://nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx . When registering, organizations must enter their business name, address, phone number EXACTLY as they entered them for their DUNS.
  • Register in SAM.gov. The System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. Government system designated for tracking applicant/recipient information. You must first create an account, then register as an entity. Registration is free.

The Complete Application package must include:

Completed application packages must be sent via e-mail to: BridgetownGrants@state.gov

Upon receiving a grant from Embassy Bridgetown, grantees must agree to a defined set of responsibilities to ensure communication, accountability and transparency. Grantees who do not comply with all reporting requirements, including required time frames, may become ineligible to qualify for future federal assistance.

Each grant is assigned a designated Grant Period, during which all work related to the grant must be completed and all funds spent. If a grantee requires an extension of the Grant Period, it is the grantee’s responsibility to request an extension from their Grants Officer Representative at least 30 days before the end of the Grant Period. All grant funds must be spent during the Grant Period and in accordance with the approved budget. All expenses must be documented. Unspent funds must be refunded to Embassy Bridgetown.

Any changes to the grant project scope or budget must be approved by the Grants Officer or Grants Officer Representative. Failure to do so could result in unapproved purchases or grant termination.

The 90 days following the Grant Period is the Grant Reporting Period. During this time grantees must:

  • Complete and print the SF-425 Financial Form. (PDF, 108 kB) The SF-425 summarizes the grant income and expenses, including a list of funds received from Embassy Bridgetown and how the money was spent. All expenses must be documented with receipts. Original or scanned copies of all receipts related to the project must be submitted with the SF-425. If receipts indicate grant money was spent on prohibited items (i.e. alcohol or entertainment) the funds must be refunded to Embassy Bridgetown. Instructions for completing the SF-425 can be found here. (PDF, 40 kB)
  • Write a narrative report to provide an overview of the grant project. The narrative report must explain the results of the project and include information such as what the grant program included, what aspects were successful and what were unsuccessful. The narrative report must also include any lasting outcomes of the program.

Upon receipt of the SF-425, documentation of expenses, and narrative report, the Public Affairs Section will review all grant expenses to ensure accuracy and relevance. Any remaining, unspent funds must be returned to Embassy Bridgetown at this time.

When this has been satisfied the grantee will receive a formal close-out letter from the Grants Officer indicating that the grant reporting requirements were met and the end of the grant relationship. This letter must be retained by the grantee for their records.

The responsibilities described herein are intended as an overview of the grantee’s relationship with Embassy Bridgetown. Further details will be provided by the Grants Officer or Grants Officer Representative.


Past Grant Projects

View our pages highlighting successful past projects from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

All Saints Secondary School- No Witness, No Justice

The All Saints Secondary School received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received two Apple iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Cases and two Apple Care Protection Plans. The iPads are to be used in the social media campaign No Witness, No Justice. The All Saints Secondary School is located in All Saints Village, St. Paul’s Parish, Antigua & Barbuda.

Antigua Public Library- America Corner

The American Corner in Antigua received a property grant, valued at US$694.90, from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 41 classic books, such as The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Through the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s support the America Corner program gives Antiguan children access to a variety of books and enables them to experience parts of American culture.

Antigua Public Library- America Corner

The Antigua Public Library’s America Corner received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included five educational board games, including “You’ve Been Sentenced” and “10 Days in the U.S.A.” The America Corner allows Antiguan children to experience parts of American culture through games, books, and special events.

Betty’s Hope Windmill Restoration

Under the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a grant to the project “Restore Betty’s Hope Windmill-Antigua.” Through this grant stress factors to the 17th century windmill will be repaired by replacing old weathered sail points. The area surrounding the windmill will also be refurbished by clearing shrubbery to make way for an outdoor industrial-agricultural equipment museum, repairing the perimeter fence, and building a new guard hut to manage the site. The grant will also provide funds to revamp the interpretive center by replacing termite damaged doors and window frames and adding a new “interpretation panel” that will explain the history of Betty’s Hope Windmill. Work on Betty’s Hope Windmill is expected to be completed by March 2013. Since its erection in 1667 Betty’s Hope Windmill has been a well-known part of the Antiguan landscape, however over the centuries it fell into disrepair. A 1992 partial restoration reinvigorated the site and established it as a favorite amongst tourists. Now to prevent further damage to the historic windmill the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is working with the “Restore Betty’s Hope Windmill-Antigua” project.

“Building the Capacity of the Sexual Assault Referral Center”- Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas

The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) was awarded a prosperity grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support their project “Building the Capacity of the Sexual Assault Referral Center (SARC) in Antigua and Barbuda.” SARC is the only sexual assault center on Antigua and as such must be equipped to handle cases from victims across the island. In the past FAVCA has worked to develop NGOs in the Caribbean region and has established relationships with Florida groups dedicated to combating domestic and sexual violence. The grant funded the travel expenses of Pam Kelly; who visited Antigua and Barbuda from November 21 to 27, 2010 to train thirty SARC nurses and medical officers. Ms. Kelly was requested for this mission by the Directorate of Gender Affairs because of her experience with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Five Islands Primary School

The Five Islands Primary School received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 55 American children’s books that were selected from the Notable Children’s Books List, such as We Shall Overcome: A Song that Changed the World by Stuart Stotts and Ship Breaker by Paola Bacigalupi. The books will be used to improve the school library’s present list of publications. Five Islands Primary School is located in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center

To increase the prosperity of Barbudan’s the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the environmental group Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARC) a grant to conduct the project “Reintroducing the Caribbean Flamingo to the Codrington Lagoon, National Park, Barbuda-Feasibility Study.” The grant money was used to determine the most appropriate habitats in Barbuda in which to reintroduce the Caribbean flamingo, develop a monitoring plan for the extent of the project, and provide community leaders with training and support so they could participate in the project. GARC, in conjunction with the Environment Tourism Consulting firm, believes that the eventual reintroduction of Caribbean flamingos to the Codrington Lagoon will increase the influx of tourists to the area and thus promote economic development.

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea, Inc was awarded a cultural grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to purchase fiction, non-fiction and reference books geared towards young adult with remedial reading skills. The books were distributed to school libraries in rural or outlying areas in Antigua and Barbuda; Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hands Across the Sea co-founders, Harriet and T.L. Linskey support Caribbean students by sailing around the region delivering new books.

Health, Hope & HIV Network

The Health, Hope & HIV Network (3H) in Antigua received a US$8,038.00 human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown under the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program. With this grant 3H successfully provided HIV/AIDS risk reduction, prevention, and HIV case management programs to men who have sex with men (MSM)/gays/transgender. 3H also provided anti-discrimination and stigmatization training to police officers and student nurses. Throughout the course of the program 3H trained 150 individuals. Following the program participating MSM have reported positive changes in the way their community is treated. More individuals in Antigua are now being tested for and receiving HIV treatment thanks to the spread of information that continued after 3H’s program was completed.

Holy Trinity Primary School

The Holy Trinity Primary School received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant allowed the addition of 24 new children’s books to the school’s library, including Yucky Worms by Vivian French and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The Holy Trinity Primary School is located in Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda.

Holy Trinity Primary School

In March 2013, Holy Trinity Primary School in Barbuda received 39 new books, through an Embassy Bridgetown property grant. Many of the donated books were selected by American Library Association’s Notable Books for Children List, including I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems and A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story by Yu Li-Qiong. Information Resource Officer Magia Krause, a library resources expert visiting from Washington, DC, presented the books to Holy Trinity on behalf of Embassy Bridgetown.

“It’s a Fact”

Vividview received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to produce and create 105 copies of a ten minute animated video about drug resistance and education for the series “It’s a Fact.” In the video Sgt. Carl Williams of the Royal Barbados Police Force teaches primary school children, aged five to eleven, about drugs, drug related crimes, and peer pressure.  The funds were also used to produce 3,750 copies of a magazine addressing “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” (DARE) themes.

No Witness, No Justice

As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Office of the Attorney General a US$55,565.00 grant to support the No Witness, No Justice initiative. The grant funded a training program for teachers and students across the region to teach them how to implement No Witness, No Justice in their schools. Participants also learned to utilize social media to build lasting and effective youth networks.  Through No Witness, No Justice Caribbean children learn about citizen involvement, how American youths participate in their communities and how they can participate in their own countries and communities. No Witness, No Justice also serves to build a virtual connection, under the CBSI Youth Network, between Caribbean and American children wherein each can learn about the other’s experiences and communities.

Regional Youth Seminar 2011

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) a cultural grant. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses of six youth delegates, one each from the six OECS nations, to attend the Regional Youth Seminar 2011 in Barbados. The grant was also used to fund the rental of a U.S. Embassy Bridgetown booth at the Youth Expos, the seminar’s culminating event. The youth delegates were selected from organizations such as National Youth Ambassador Corps (Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica National Youth Council, National Youth Ambassadors Programme (Grenada), St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, RYC and National Youth Council (St. Lucia), St. Vincent and Grenadines Youth Council. The seminar was held August 11-13, 2011.

Roman Rudnytsky

Concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to meet with Barbadian students and perform for audiences in Barbados and Antigua. On December 3, 2012 Mr. Rudnytsky performed a sunset concert at Frank Collymore Hall. Then, Mr. Rudnytsky continued his Caribbean trip, travelling to Antigua where he met with the Antigua Girls High School and conducted a Master Class, in which he instructed the students in piano techniques. Mr. Rudnytsky also performed for a group at Antigua’s Dean Williams Cultural Centre.

Sir McChesney George Secondary School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Sir McChesney George Secondary School a property grant. The school received 43 classic books, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and Mr. Potter: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid. The school received an additional grant of five educational board games, including “Word on the Street, Junior” and “10 Days in the U.S.A.”  The Sir McChesney George Secondary School is the only secondary school in Barbuda.

Women’s Empowerment Tour- Meridian International Center

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Meridian International Center a cultural grant to support the travel expenses of journalists and enable their participation in the Foreign Press Center tour on “Women’s Empowerment.” The tour included meetings with government officials, NGOs, community groups, and media representatives to highlight women’s issues. The meetings were geared towards shedding light on gender based violence. The tour lasted from January 29 to February 4, 2012.

“You’re A Star, Stella!”

In keeping with efforts to expand human rights awareness in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Do the Right Thing Limited a grant to produce a booklet geared towards teaching children about domestic violence and the steps they can take to stop it. Do the Right Thing Limited revised a booklet entitled “You’re A Star, Stella!,” produced by Voice UK, to suit the needs of children in the Caribbean. The booklet tells the story of a young girl who witnessed domestic violence and told her teacher, who contacted the police. Programs such as the “You’re A Star, Stella!” project are aimed at reducing physical abuse throughout the Caribbean.

AIDS Foundation of Barbados, Inc.

The AIDS Foundation of Barbados, Inc. received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to fund their Ambush Theatre Project. This project hosted twelve “ambush” performances throughout 2011 in various workplaces, to educate people about HIV/AIDS and shed light on the stigmas and discrimination endured in the workplace by people with HIV/AIDS. The project earned positive feedback and most audience members reported learning something new.

Al-Falah School

Al-Falah School in St. Michael, Barbados received ten one terabyte hard drives from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school also received ten used computers. These property grants are used by the school to engage students and expand the scope of their education.

Ambassador Theodore R. Britton’s Visit to Barbados

In order to share stories of the American experience with the people of Barbados, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Ambassador Theodore R. Britton a cultural grant to support a speaking trip to Barbados. While in Barbados, Ambassador Britton spoke to Barbadian college aged students about his career path as African-American and his time in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. Additionally, the Ambassador was interviewed by the national media about his vast experiences. Ambassador Britton was also the guest speaker at the U.S. Marine Corps Ball in Barbados.

AnimeKon Expo

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Trident Advanced Ideas Inc. a cultural grant to support AnimeKon Expo 2011. The funds will assist in advertising costs for the event. The goal of the expo was to provide developing artists and comic writers with a workshop to improve their skills and share this aspect of American culture. AnimeKon Expo 2011 was held in Barbados from July 2 to 3, 2011.

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Edgar Berganza and Chris Batista  cultural grants to travel from New York to Barbados to speak at AnimeKon Expo 2011. Mr. Berganza, who is the executive editor at DC Comics, lent his expertise to the event to teach graphic artists how to apply their skills to comic books and other animated platforms. American comic book artist Chris Batista reviewed local artists’ portfolios and participated in panel discussion about breaking into the commercial art business. AnimeKon Expo 2011 was held July 2-3, 2011.

Barbados Association of Reading

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Barbados Association of Reading a property grant. The grant included six books related to teaching strategies, such as Successful Inclusion Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers by Cynthia G. Simpson and Laverne Warner and Positive Behavioral Support for the Classroom by Brenda K. Scheuermann. These books help prepare teachers to provide students with the best education possible.

Barbados Community College

The Barbados Community College received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included eleven DVD collections. The DVDs covered topics such as American history, literature, culture, and government, and included titles such as “The American Mind: Parts 1 and 3” and “The History of the Supreme Court: Parts 1 to 3 of 3.”

Barbados Entrepreneurship Summit

Adrian Wilson received a prosperity grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to enable his participation in the Barbados Entrepreneurship Summit. The grant allowed Mr. Wilson an allowance during his stay and paid his accommodation costs. The summit was held November 15-17, 2010.

Barbados National Entrepreneurship Summit

The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc. received a prosperity grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support the Barbados National Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the foundation. Stakeholders in the Barbadian business community discussed strategies to establish Barbados as a hub for entrepreneurship by 2020. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses and honorarium funds for three American speakers. The summit was held from September 27 to December 31, 2011.

Barbados Red Cross’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

Under the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds for 2010, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Red Cross a human rights grant. The Barbados Red Cross used the grant to host a Together We Can: HIV/AIDS Prevention Program. Through this program the Barbados Red Cross trained 139 students from five secondary schools to be peer educators. These students were taught the modes of HIV transmission, prevention methods, safe sex practices, and to treat people living with HIV/AIDS with respect. The peer educators were then tasked with sharing this information with their schoolmates through individual and group sessions.

Barbados Tennis Association’s Junior Tennis Program

In support of their sports education programs, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Tennis Association a property grant. This grant was used by the group to purchase a one terabyte hard drive to use with the computer provided to them through a previous grant. By teaching children to play tennis The Barbados Tennis Association encourages healthy habits, a love of exercise and provides them with the skills necessary to excel in the sport.

Barbados Tennis Association’ Junior Tennis Program

Organized sports have proven to be an effective tool in engaging with children and establishing healthy lifestyles. The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a cultural grant to The Barbados Tennis Association’s developing junior tennis program. Through this program children from schools across Barbados are brought together and taught basic tennis skills. Projects such as the junior tennis program encourage children to exercise in a fun and safe way.

Barbados Tennis Association’s Junior Tennis Program

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Tennis Association a cultural grant to continue a junior tennis program for primary school children. The junior tennis program was established in April 2012 and will continue into 2013. Through the program, which consists of a weekly lesson, 24 eight and nine year old children have learned basic tennis skills. These children are students at Blackman Gollop Primary, Grantley Prescod Primary, and the Luther Thorne Memorial School; all of which are located within five miles of the National Tennis Centre where the lessons are held. The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown grant pays the cost of coaching fees and transporting students to the National Tennis Centre. The junior tennis program supports efforts to engage children in healthy activities and develop athletic skills.

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Barbados Tennis Association a property grant. The grant included computer hardware, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 software, and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium software. The Barbados Tennis Association, with support from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, has established a junior’s tennis program to teach young children tennis skills. The value of the grant is US$1,101.75.

Blackman-Gollop Primary School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Blackman-Gollop Primary School a property grant. The school received 51 popular children’s books, including Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle and Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin. The grant was valued at US$606.19.

Blake Ashby- International Education Week Essay Contest

In keeping with efforts to promote quality education for all, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Blake Ashby, through her mother Kathy Ashby, a grant. Blake won a US$250 grant by writing the third place essay in the International Education Week 2010 Competition for Barbadian students.

Blue Teddy Bear Campaign

UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area was awarded a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to use in their effort to stop child sexual abuse in the Caribbean. The group applied the grant to their Blue Teddy Bear Campaign, which is striving towards raising awareness about sexual violence against children. At the November 20-21, 2012 UNiTE Conference UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area distributed three-hundred blue teddy bear lapel pins. Projects such as the Blue Teddy Bear Campaign are giving a voice to a long silent group of victims.

BREAKout Swimming Clinic

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Titans Aquatic Swim Club in Barbados a grant to hold a children’s swimming clinic. The “2012 BREAKout Swimming Clinic” helped children, aged 7-18, improve their swimming skills.  The grant allowed American Olympic swimmers Matt Grevers, Clark Burkle, Alyssa Anderson, and Annie Chandler to travel to Barbados to run the clinic. From their Olympian coaches, the young Barbadians learned the value of hard work and were inspired to train for the Olympics themselves. The children enjoyed the clinic very much and the Titans Aquatic Swim Club organizers were thanked afterwards by appreciative parents.

Bob Kiss- Photographer

Bob Kiss, a noted American photographer, received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to host a series of photography lectures and workshops. The goal of this series was to teach and encourage the work of Barbadian photographers and students, while at the same time disseminating American culture. Mr. Kiss lectured on portrait and black and white photography and conducted workshops on cyanotype and albumen printing. Mr. Kiss also received an Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner, valued at US$919.00. The scanner was granted to Mr. Kiss for use in processing photographs for his “The Chattel Houses of Barbados” publication. Mr. Kiss brings 15 years of fine art knowledge to the program and will instruct photography students at an advanced level that most participants will not have previously experienced.

Boscobelle Primary School

In March 2013, Boscobelle Primary School received a property grant consisting of 34 books from Embassy Bridgetown. Ambassador Larry L. Palmer visited the rural school to present the new additions to the school’s library and enjoyed reading two books to the children. Among the donated books are All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale, and King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently.

“Bri and Luk”- An Animated Tale of Climate Change

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Future Trust Center a prosperity grant to support their environmental efforts. The funds were used to create an animated movie about climate change and its impact on the Caribbean region. The movie, entitled “Bri and Luk- An Animated Tale of Climate Change” is based on a storybook written by Nicole Garofano for the Future Trust Center.

Business and Professional Women’s Club

As part of efforts to increase prosperity in the Caribbean region, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a grant to the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Barbados to host a workshop on grant proposal writing. Attendees were given guidance on the appropriate avenues and steps to submit a grant proposal. Members of the Business and Professional Women’s Club include entrepreneurs, community leaders, business owners, executives, professionals and young career women. Those who attended the workshop found it to be useful and it was generally well received.

The Business and Professional Women’s Club received computer hardware, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 software, Microsoft Windows 7 Premium software, and a one terabyte hard drive property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The awarded computer hardware will allow the club to better promote the services they provide to assist professional women.

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados a property grant to support their women’s shelter. The grant included seventeen books for use by the shelter’s children, such as Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean Meyers and The Dreamer by Pam Munoz and Peter Sis.

Marrianne Burnham received an $852.00 prosperity grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to provide her with funds for meals and expenses during the Business and Professional Women Leadership Conference in New York. As President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados, the focus of Ms. Burnham’s attendance was to participate in workshops addressing gender-based violence. The conference was held from March 4 to March 15, 2013.

Caribbean Academy of Sciences

To support the educational progress of students in the Caribbean region, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a cultural grant to the faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. The Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) promotes the development of all scientific disciplines in the Caribbean, increases public awareness and understanding of science, and strives to be a resource for scientific expertise in the region. In November 2012 CAS hosted the CAS Conference and General Meeting in Barbados, whose theme was “Hazard Mitigation: Protecting Caribbean Infrastructure-Securing Caribbean Communities. The Pure and Applied Sciences faculty used this grant to pay the travel expenses of two Americans, Dr. Greg Holland and Dr. Pamela Fraser-Abder, who were invited to be guest speakers at the conference. Dr Holland is an expert on hurricanes and tropical meteorology. Dr. Fraser-Abder has devoted her career to the development of professional science teachers. Both speakers were well received at the conference and contributed to its overall success.

Caribbean Examinations Council

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Caribbean Examinations Council a property grant. The council received 16 educational DVDs related to math and science, including titles such as “The Joy of Science: Parts 1 to 5” and “Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy: Parts 1 to 5.”

Caribbean Tales Film Festival

To support her participation in Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Neema Barnette a cultural grant. Ms. Barnette served as the festival’s key note speaker and led a master class on filmmaking. The grant funded Ms. Barnette’s transportation, travelling allowance and honorarium fee for the March 13-21, 2011 festival.

The George Washington House and Museum in Barbados received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant supported the costs incurred when the George Washington House and Museum hosted the Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011. The festival included movie screenings and classes taught by successful members of the film industry.

Christian Mission of Bridgetown

The Christian Mission of Bridgetown received computer hardware, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 software, Microsoft Windows 7 Premium software, and a one terabyte hard drive from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The computer equipment is intended to support The Christian Mission’s charitable programs in Barbados.

Christmas Jazz

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Deryk Walcott a cultural grant to host “Christmas Jazz” on December 11, 2010. The funds will support renting equipment and a venue for the event and conducting a master class workshop for aspiring musicians. Mr. Walcott gathered musicians with varied experiences and backgrounds to play together and mentor the next generation of jazz musicians in the Caribbean.

In support of music’s role in bringing people together, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a cultural grant to Barbadian Deryk Walcot’s to host the event “Christmas Jazz.” Mr. Walcott gathered noted musicians to perform together and celebrate the holiday season. The musicians also participated in a workshop to share their experiences and advice with aspiring musicians in Barbados.

In support of music’s role in bringing people together, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a cultural grant to Barbadian Deryk Walcot’s to host the event “Christmas Jazz.” Mr. Walcott gathered noted musicians to perform together and celebrate the holiday season. The musicians also participated in a workshop to share their experiences and advice with aspiring musicians in Barbados. The grant paid for musician fees, facility rental fees, and advertising costs.

Claire Millington- Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators

In keeping with efforts to promote prosperity in the Caribbean region, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Ms. Claire Millington a travel grant, valued at US$120.00. The funds helped Ms. Millington participate in the Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators. This program was held from June 17 through July 30, 2011 in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Community Recycling Centers

The Future Center Trust, a group that encourages recycling in Barbados, was awarded a prosperity grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The funds were used to promote and support the group’s outreach programs as they increased the number of organizations in the country with Community Recycling (CoRe) Centers from twelve to fifteen.

Cover Drive-No Witness, No Justice Song

The Barbadian band Cover Drive was given a human rights grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to produce a song in keeping with the themes of the No Witness, No Justice project. No Witness, No Justice (NWNJ) encourages citizen involvement and strives to teach young students how to implement the NWNJ program in their own schools. The program also models how social media can be used to build and maintain an online youth network. The objective is to prepare students to apply what they learn about citizen involvement, including how youth participate in civil society in the United States, in their own communities and countries. The Cover Drive song will be used to promote the NWNJ program and increase community involvement.

Dance4Life- HIV/STI Awareness Campaign

As part of the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds for 2012, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a US$10,000 human rights grant to Dance4Life. Dance4Life held educational programs for students from six Barbadian schools. Third form students engaged in Skills4Life programs and learned how to reduce behaviors that lead to the spread of HIV/STIs and reduce the social stigma that often accompanies HIV/STIs. Once they completed these programs the students disseminated their new knowledge to their peers through social media. In addition to their programs for school children, Dance4Life trained adults under thirty-five years of age to become peer educators. Dance4Life engaged with young people through fun activities that made them more receptive to learning, and subsequently more capable of spreading Dance4Life’s message via social media.

Dodds Prison Book Donation

Embassy Bridgetown awarded Dodds Prison in Barbados a property grant, consisting of 137 books, twelve magazines, and three educational board games. The games, such as “You’ve Been Sentenced” and “Apples to Apples,” are used to improve the reading skills of inmates. Among the donated books are Beloved by Toni Morrison and Lost Empire by Clive Cussler. Inmates are encouraged to expand their knowledge of the larger world, through National Geographic, Time, and Smithsonian magazines.

Dr. Jonathan Gayles- Black History Month

Dr. Jonathan Gayles, of Georgia State University, received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to participate in Black History Month events in Barbados and Grenada. Audiences in both countries screened his film Scripts and Black Superman: Black Masculinities in American comic books, in which Dr. Gayles examines how racial stereotypes are presented in comic books.  In a lecture given at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus Dr. Gayles discussed the threatening way African-American men are portrayed in films, such as “Birth of a Nation,” “Rocky” and “Hancock.” Following his lecture Dr. Gayles led an engaging discussion with the audience about the negative ways African-Americans are depicted in popular media and how that affects the way they are perceived in life. The audience, which consisted of members of the university community and the public, was receptive to Dr. Gayles’ ideas and participated in a lively debate.

Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust

Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust’s “Needy Children’s Program” received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to provide basic school supplies to underprivileged children in Barbados. The grant paid for basic school supplies, such as textbooks, colored pencils, and notebooks and for supplies to help children enjoy learning, such as puzzles and musical instruments. Students were also supplied with backpacks and lunchboxes to take to school. This grant ensured that children from eight primary and secondary schools had the supplies they needed to go back to school for the 2012 school year.

Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust (ELYCT) received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support underprivileged children. The funds were used to purchase school supplies, including books, rulers, markers, dictionaries, crayons, pencil cases, and drawing books. ELYCT distributed the materials to students for their return to school in September 2011.

EducationUSA Barbados

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded EducationUSA Barbados, located on the campus of Barbados Community College, a property grant. The grant consisted of the series “Peterson’s Graduate Guide Set 2012.” This six volume set will be used to improve the school’s EducationUSA program. The value for this grant is US$148.37.

Entrepreneurship Summit

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Mr. Bryan Pearce a prosperity grant. The grant funded a per diem for Mr. Pearce to facilitate his attendance at an Entrepreneurship Summit in Barbados. The summit was held November 15-17, 2010.

Mr. Greg Horowitt received a prospertity grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant funded Mr. Horowitt’s travel expenses incurred while attending an Entrepreneurship Summit in Barbados from November 16-17, 2010. Mr. Horowitt, co-founder of the consultancy Global CONNECT, shared his entrepreneurial experiences and expertise with the summit.

Future Center Trust’s CoRe Network

In keeping with ongoing efforts to pursue a sustainable Earth, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown has extended the grants given to the Future Center Trust’s CoRe Network. Under the new property grant CoRe procured 1,200 specially designed recycling bag, which are to be used by students to transport recyclable materials from their homes to recycling facilities under the “Bags to Eco Riches” program. The bags were distributed to students from three Barbadian schools. The Future Center Trust also received a multimedia projector, which will be used to support the Trust’s public education efforts.

Future Center Trust’s Earth Day Events

In celebration of Earth Day the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Future Center Trust a cultural grant to support their sustainability efforts in Barbados. Using these funds The Future Center Trust held an awareness program on Earth Day highlighting the need for sustainable agriculture and preserving Barbadian National Gullies. The program also explained the need to expand “permaculture” in Barbados by promoting sustainable architecture and horticulture.

Gale Theatre of Barbados and London

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Gale Theatre of Barbados and London a cultural grant to host two theatrical workshops and a Question and Answer session. The workshops and Q&A sessions, held after a performance of “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, will encourage participants to reflect on their circumstances and teach positive coping skills. Participants in this project will be 75 girls and women who receive free admission to the play and are invited to attend the workshop. The grant will pay costs associated with hosting the workshops, Q&A session and the production of promotional flyers. The Theatre in Education Workshops for Women will be held in Barbados from April 15-17, 2013.

Graydon Sealy Secondary School- No Witness, No Justice

Graydon Sealy Secondary School received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received 2 Apple iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPod Smart Cases, and two Apple Care Protection Plans. The iPads will be used to continue the work of No Witness, No Justice in the school. Students from Graydon Sealy Secondary participated in the No Witness, No Justice pilot program, as well as the formal launch of the program in Barbados in December 2012. Graydon Sealy Secondary School is located on Paddock Road, St. Michael, Barbados.

In Fo Life HIV Youth Awareness Program

In keeping with the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded D !dea Shop Limited a human rights grant. The organization used the funds to create the In Fo Life HIV Youth Awareness Program. Through this program D !dea Shop reached out to 165 boys and girls from three Barbados schools to teach them about HIV/AIDS. The program was divided into three sections (1) dispelling myths about HIV/AIDS, (2) sharing the realities of living with HIV/AIDS, (3) reducing stigmas of HIV/AIDS and encouraging students to make smart sexual choices. The goals of this project were to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, create a better informed youth population, encourage preventative methods, and demonstrate a sense of urgency about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Pre and post-seminar surveys illustrated that the program was useful and students were receptive to the lessons taught by In Fo Life.

“It’s A Fact”

Vividview received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to produce and create 105 copies of a ten minute animated video about drug resistance and education for the series “It’s a Fact.” In the video Sgt. Carl Williams of the Royal Barbados Police Force teaches primary school children, aged five to eleven, about drugs, drug related crimes, and peer pressure.  The funds were also used to produce 3,750 copies of a magazine addressing “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” (DARE) themes.

Jamal Callender- Black History Month

Using a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, American professional dancer Jamal Callender held a series of ballet and contemporary dance workshops in Barbados from December 17-30, 2012. Throughout these workshops Mr. Callendar engaged with students from the Barbados Community College’s Associate Degree program, the EBCCI dance program, the University dance society, dance professionals, and members of the street dance community ranging from 16 to 69 years of age.  Social media was utilized throughout Mr. Callendar’s stay to spread information about the events and provide a forum to discuss the classes. Through this program Mr. Callendar furthered his goal of growing interest in the activities and initiatives of the National Cultural Foundation, while sharing his experiences and love for dance with the people of Barbados.

“Jazz at Naniki”

Naniki Restaurant received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support their two-day, outdoor “Jazz at Naniki” event. “Jazz at Naniki,” and other events like it, foster the sharing of American culture with the people of the Caribbean. The funds were used to rent microphones, timbales and other equipment for the event. The exciting acts featured included 1688 Big Band, made up of students and graduates of the Barbados Community College music program; solo act Raf Robertson of Trinidad; Guy Marc Vadeleux Trio from Martinique; American performer Andy Narell; and Barbadian musician Betty Payne. Audience members and participating artists gave glowing reviews of the event.

Jazz Workshops 2013

Embassy Bridgetown awarded cultural grants to American musicians to facilitate their participation in a series of jazz outreach programs in Barbados. The visiting musicians held several jazz workshops and taught one master class from March 31 to April 7, 2013. Grants were awarded to Ian Finkelstein, Marcus Miller, Joan Belgrave and jazz legend, Marcus Belgrave.

Junious Brickhouse- Black History Month

As part of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Black History Month calendar of events, urban dancer Junious Brickhouse received a cultural grant to hold dance workshops in Barbados and St. Lucia. Mr. Brickhouse, who has held such workshops in the Caribbean in the past, seeks to engage young people through these events. His programs will also highlight the many contributions African-Americans have made to American culture. Mr. Brickhouse’s events were held in St. Lucia from February 24-28, 2013 and in Barbados from February 28-March 3, 2013.

Keisann Callender- 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

Keisann Callender won the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, hosted by Embassy Bridgetown. The Embassy awarded Ms. Callender, through her guardian, a US$100 grant, as a prize for her accomplishment. Ms. Callender attends Princess Margaret Secondary School in Barbados.

Love at Christmas Foundation

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Love at Christmas Foundation a cultural grant. The funds were used to host a Christmas event, entitled “Remember Me,” for disadvantaged Barbadian children. The children were given a special dinner and local musicians, such as Allison Hinds and Blood Red Plastic Bag performed for them. The event was held December 21, 2010.

Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School

To celebrate Black History Month the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School a property grant. The grant consisted of 48 children’s books, many of which share the experiences of African-Americans. The achievements of people such as Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Marian Anderson and Duke Ellington are emphasized in this collection of books for their contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and the arts.

Manifesto Barbados’ Artist Development Workshop

Manifesto Barbados received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to facilitate the attendance of American speakers at a developmental workshop for Barbadian artists. Mr. Michael Jeter and Mr. Howard Lindeman participated in the workshop to lend their assistance to the mission to grow the arts of Barbados. The event provided local artists the opportunity to showcase and discuss their work alongside their peers. Manifesto Barbados, held in Bridgetown from September 28 to October 23, 2011, offered workshops on music, audio engineering, street art, photography, culinary arts, dance, film, and spoken word.

Musical Workshops Hosted by Honey Jam

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Ms. Ebonnie Rowe of Honey Jam a cultural grant to enable an American artist to travel to Barbados. Ms. Rowe organized a musical workshop and show to promote development opportunities for female artists in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The development of these artists, aided by instruction received at the event, will grow the artistic knowledge in the region and diversify the cultural offerings of the islands. The opportunities this program will open up to Caribbean women are in keeping with the U.S. Government’s desire to promote entrepreneurship and economically empower women.

National Entrepreneurship Summit

A prosperity grant was given to The Centre for Counseling Addiction Support Alternatives (CASA) by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. CASA strives to encourage youths to complete their education by teaching them to manage their behavior. Young people aged 13-19 who exhibit aggressive, deviant, or anti-social behavior are referred to CASA by teachers, family, or community members. With the grant funds CASA paid venue rental fees and purchased materials that were used in anger management group therapy sessions. Three ten-week programs were held from September 27, 2011 to November 1, 2012. Purchased materials include DVDs, therapist manuals, and adolescent workbooks.

National Organization of Women

In support of human rights the National Organization of Women (NOW) promoted the 16 Days of Activism campaign. NOW received a grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to purchase t-shirts, which were worn by members of women’s organizations during a speaking tour of the St. Michael and Christ Church areas on December 8, 2012. During the tour residents received literature and heard speeches about domestic violence from prominent citizens, including NOW president Marilyn Rice-Bowen. This event successfully educated women about the resources available to them and ways to report domestic abuse.

Native Nations Dance Theatre Inc.

As part of Native American Heritage Month celebrations the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Native Nations Dance Theatre Inc. a cultural grant. The funds were used to facilitate travel from the United States to Barbados and Dominica for four troupe members. These dancers shared Native American culture with the people of the Eastern Caribbean through workshops and performances.

No Witness, No Justice

As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Office of the Attorney General a US$55,565.00 grant to support the No Witness, No Justice initiative. The grant funded a training program for teachers and students across the region to teach them how to implement No Witness, No Justice in their schools. Participants also learned to utilize social media to build lasting and effective youth networks.  Through No Witness, No Justice Caribbean children learn about citizen involvement, how American youths participate in their communities and how they can participate in their own countries and communities. No Witness, No Justice also serves to build a virtual connection, under the CBSI Youth Network, between Caribbean and American children wherein each can learn about the other’s experiences and communities.

North American Association for Environmental Education Conference

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Future Centre Trust a prosperity grant to fund Ms. Lani Edghill’s travel expenses, enabling her to attend the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference. At the conference, Ms. Edghill received professional training from environmental experts. The Future Trust Centre works to promote environmental awareness and conservation education in Barbados. The North American Association for Environmental Education Conference was held in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina from October 12 to 15, 2011.

Paralympic Association of Barbados

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Paralympic Association of Barbados a cultural grant. The Paralympic Association of Barbados encourages individuals with physical disabilities to participate in sports. This grant was used to purchase a linoleum floor cover, necessary for GoalBall; a game played by members of the vision impaired community on the island.

Parent Education for Development in Barbados

The organization Parent Education for Development in Barbados (PAREDOS) was awarded a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The group received a used color copier and five colored toners. PAREDOS provides parents with guidance and support, offers childcare, and reaches out to at-risk youths. The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown chose to support PAREDOS as part of ongoing efforts to provide assistance to needy members of the community.

Parent Education for Development in Barbados

To promote prosperity in Barbados, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Parent Education for Development in Barbados (PAREDOS) a property grant. The organization received 36 copies of the book What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry. PAREDOS provides parenting classes to model how parents can teach and engage with their children to create a happy and well-prepared generation.

Princess Margaret Secondary School

In celebration of Black History Month the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown presented Princess Margaret Secondary School with a property grant, used to purchase eleven books that tell the story of people of African descent in the United States. Many of these new books describe historic moments in the struggle for Civil Rights, including Separate but not equal: the Dream and the Struggle by Jim Haskins and Dare to Dream: Coretta Scott King and the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Shelf Medearis.

Princess Margaret Secondary School- No Witness, No Justice

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Princess Margaret Secondary School a property grant. The school received two Apple iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Case, and two Apple Care Protection plans. The iPads were given to the school to enable their continued participation and dissemination of the No Witness, No Justice project. The Princess Margaret Secondary School is located in St. Philip, Barbados.

Regional Youth Seminar 2011

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) a cultural grant. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses of six youth delegates, one each from the six OECS nations, to attend the Regional Youth Seminar 2011 in Barbados. The grant was also used to fund the rental of a U.S. Embassy Bridgetown booth at the Youth Expos, the seminar’s culminating event. The youth delegates were selected from organizations such as National Youth Ambassador Corps (Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica National Youth Council, National Youth Ambassadors Programme (Grenada), St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, RYC and National Youth Council (St. Lucia), St. Vincent and Grenadines Youth Council. The seminar was held August 11-13, 2011.

From August 8-13, 2011 the Barbados Youth Development Council hosted a Regional Youth Seminar to discuss the challenges faced by the region’s young people. To promote the welfare of children in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a cultural grant to the Barbados Youth Development Council that was used to subsidize the travel costs of regional delegates. Because representatives from across the region were able to attend the seminar, many ideas for future plans to engage with youths were developed and shared.

River Road Nursery School Improvement Project

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the New Testament Church of God a cultural grant to improve the facilities of the River Road Nursery School. The funds were used to purchase office equipment for the organization, develop an outdoor play park, and purchase classroom supplies. The classroom supplies included ten children’s tables, three teacher’s desks, three teacher’s chairs, 30 infant chairs, and four children’s play mats.

Roman Rudnytsky Piano Tour

To support his trip to the Caribbean the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded pianist Roman Rudnytsky a cultural grant. Mr. Rudnytstky travelled to Barbados and Grenada November 7-8, 2010 to perform and meet with schoolchildren. This grant was used to purchase his airline ticket.

Concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to meet with Barbadian students and perform for audiences in Barbados and Antigua. On December 3, 2012 Mr. Rudnytsky performed a sunset concert at Frank Collymore Hall. Then, Mr. Rudnytsky continued his Caribbean trip, travelling to Antigua where he met with the Antigua Girls High School and conducted a Master Class, in which he instructed the students in piano techniques. Mr. Rudnytsky also performed for a group at Antigua’s Dean Williams Cultural Centre.

Royal Barbados Police Force

To promote security in the Caribbean Basin the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Royal Barbados Police Force a property grant. The Royal Barbados Police Force received Encase V6 Cyber Software to use in cyber forensics investigations. The value of the grant is US$3,642.50.

S.H.A.R.E. Community Group

S.H.AR.E. Community Group received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 35 books related to the African-American experience, such as Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney. The group awarded the books to 25 deserving children who have participated in S.H.A.R.E.’s Reading Program.

Save Foundation

The Save Foundation received a US$60.00 property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant money was used to purchase five books concerning domestic violence, including Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry, Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft and Next Time She Will Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It by Ann Jones. The SAVE Foundation is a non-profit organization which counsels victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse in Barbados.

SAVE Foundation Outreach Programs

The SAVE Foundation received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to support three outreach programs to combat domestic violence in Barbados. Through these programs community leaders met to develop innovative strategies to address the issue. The events also sought to raise awareness about domestic abuse and encouraged people to contact the police in such cases. Participants were taught about their rights, intervention services, and non-violent approaches to conflict resolution. The grant funds were used to pay for stage, sound system, tents, and generator rentals for the programs.

“SportShot” Video Competition

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a video camera to Mr. Ian Bourne, in recognition of his being named the winner of the “SportShot Competition.” The property grant for Mr. Bourne’s video camera was valued at US$196.54.

Springer Memorial School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Springer Memorial School a property grant. The grant included nine books, such as One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia and Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine.

St. Cyprian’s Preparatory Boys School

St. Cyprian’s Preparatory Boys School received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy. The school received 92 popular children’s books, including The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner and Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. St. Cyprian’s Preparatory Boys Secondary School is located in St. Michael, Barbados.

St. Leonard’s Boy’s Secondary School

As part of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Black History Month celebration St. Leonard’s Boy’s Secondary School in St. Michael, Barbados received a property grant, which consisted of 36 books. On February 11th American professor Dr. Jonathan Gayles met with students from St. Leonard’s Boy’s Secondary School and presented them with the books. These new additions to the school’s library describe African-American experiences and culture and highlight the lives of renowned African-Americans. Individuals featured in these books range from President Barack Obama to Jackie Robinson to Oprah Winfrey.

St. Paul’s Primary School

St. Paul’s Primary School in Barbados received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 51 American children’s books, including 90 Miles to Havanna by Enrique Flores-Galbis and A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.  All of the school’s new books were selected from the Notable Children’s Books List.

St. Peter Parish Church

The St. Peter Parish Church in Barbados received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support American organist Mr. Scott Dettra’s visit to Barbados. The grant funded Mr. Dettra’s airfare and spending allowance, so he could attend and perform at St. Peter Parish’s Annual Garden Festival. While in Barbados, Mr. Dettra also visited and performed for students at Coleridge and Parry Secondary School.

Tamarind Hall Library

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a property grant to the Tamarind Hall Library in St. Joseph, Barbados. The library received eighteen books about American history and culture, including The Statue of Liberty by Llyod Douglas and The First Thanksgiving by Andrew Santella.

The Centre for Counseling Addiction Support Alternatives

A prosperity grant was given to The Centre for Counseling Addiction Support Alternatives (CASA) by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. CASA strives to encourage youths to complete their education by teaching them to manage their behavior. Young people aged 13-19 who exhibit aggressive, deviant, or anti-social behavior are referred to CASA by teachers, family, or community members. With the grant funds CASA paid venue rental fees and purchased materials that were used in anger management group therapy sessions. Three ten-week programs were held from September 27, 2011 to November 1, 2012. Purchased materials include DVDs, therapist manuals, and adolescent workbooks.

“The New World: Preserving Nature”

The Barbados Museum & Historical Society was awarded a cultural grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant supported the development and implementation of an environmental heritage exhibit at the Barbados Museum entitled “The New World: Preserving Nature.” The exhibit strove to educate the public about the importance of preserving the country’s environmental heritage. As part of the project a hike through Joe’s River Woods was organized to encourage people to discover Barbados’ natural history for themselves. The exhibition was held from October 17 to December 16, 2011.

Thelma Berry Nursery School

The Thelma Berry Nursery School, of Christ Church, Barbados, received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received 51 children’s books, including We Are in a Book by Mo Willems and LMNO Peas by Keith Baker. The total value of the grant was US$565.98.

Tim Mathiesen- Photographer

Tim Mathiesen, an American photographer, was awarded a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support a lecture-presentation Mr. Mathiesen gave in Barbados on April 16, 2011. The lecture, entitled “Welcome to My Digital World,” allowed Barbadians the opportunity to learn about digital photography. The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted the lecture in conjunction with the Barbados National Cultural Foundation and Photographic Society.

UN Women’s UNiTE Conference

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) a human rights grant to support their UNiTE Conference. Community leaders gathered at the conference to discuss ways to combat sexual violence against children in the Caribbean. The grant was used by UN Women to rent microphones for the conference and other equipment needed to increase internet connectivity at the conference venue.

Urban Artistry Dance Troupe

Six members of Urban Artistry Dance Troupe received cultural grants from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grants funded the travel expenses of the individuals, so they could participate in a series of performances in Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The troupe also held workshops and conducted outreach activities in each of the three countries they visited. Urban Artistry Dance Troupe teaches children life lessons through their dance programs. The grantees were Junious Lee Brickhouse, Olyuwatoyin Sogunro, LaTasha Chanel Barnes, Emily Wessel, Brent Talley, and Baronhawk Poitier Williams.

Urban Video Competition

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Mr. Mikul Elcock, of Barbados, a property grant, consisting of a CISCO flip camera. Mr. Elcock earned the camera as the first place winner in the embassy sponsored Urban Video Competition.

Vicky Spencer- Teaching Special Needs Children

Teaching children with special needs requires a unique set of skills and resources. To equip teachers in Barbados with the ability to help students with special needs reach their full potential, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a grant to Professor Vicky Spencer, an Associate Professor of Mild Disabilities at George Mason University, Virginia. Professor Spencer worked in conjunction with the Erdiston Teacher Training College and the Barbados Association of Reading to host workshops for Barbadian teachers to instruct them in the best ways to connect with students with special needs. Cultural exchanges of this nature ensure that knowledge developed in one country can improve the lives of people in another country.

Visual Domain Inc.- HIV/AIDS Education Documentary

In keeping with the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Visual Domain Inc. a US$9,962.50 human rights grant to be used to promote HIV/AIDS education in the Caribbean. Visual Domain Inc. produced a moving docudrama following the lives of a young woman and a young man who were diagnosed with HIV. The film explores how their diagnosis impacted the lives of these two young people and the lives of their loved ones. The subjects compare their lives with HIV to their lives before they were diagnosed. The emotional chord struck by this film encourages young people to practice safe sex.

Women’s Empowerment Tour- Meridian International Center

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Meridian International Center a cultural grant to support the travel expenses of journalists and enable their participation in the Foreign Press Center tour on “Women’s Empowerment.” The tour included meetings with government officials, NGOs, community groups, and media representatives to highlight women’s issues. The meetings were geared towards shedding light on gender based violence. The tour lasted from January 29 to February 4, 2012.

YMCA Literacy Programs

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Young Men’s Christian Association Barbados a prosperity grant. The funds were used to support a project to improve literacy for young men aged 15-19 who are currently reading at literacy levels below their age range. The project included having a Remedial Specialist test participants to measure their literacy levels. Based on the test results the young men will be provided support to improve their reading skills, such as IT-aided Reading and Comprehension and counseling intervention. The funds also provided skills training for these young men to prepare them for the job market.

“You’re A Star, Stella!”

In keeping with efforts to expand human rights awareness in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Do the Right Thing Limited a grant to produce a booklet geared towards teaching children about domestic violence and the steps they can take to stop it. Do the Right Thing Limited revised a booklet entitled “You’re A Star, Stella!,” produced by Voice UK, to suit the needs of children in the Caribbean. The booklet tells the story of a young girl who witnessed domestic violence and told her teacher, who contacted the police. Programs such as the “You’re A Star, Stella!” project are aimed at reducing physical abuse throughout the Caribbean.

America Corner

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Dominica Public Library a $10,000 grant to fund the library’s America Corner. The America Corner was established in March 2010 and strives to share the best of American culture with the people of Dominica. The America Corner also hosts special events throughout the year, such as National Library Week and Black History Month celebrations. In 2012 Dominica’s America Corner grant was used to purchase a digital camera, children’s books and periodicals, books and periodicals for adults, movies, and American games. The program’s director was also able to attend a training program so he could learn to get the most out of the America Corner for the people of Dominica.

The Dominica Public Library received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 29 books, such as Empire Falls by Richard Russo and The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. The books will be added to the library’s America Corner, which is designed to share parts of American culture with the children of Dominica. The value of the grant is US$500.80.

The Dominica Public Library received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included children’s educational games, such as “Word on the Street, Junior” and “Ingenious.” The games will be added to the library’s America Corner, which allows Dominican children to experience parts of American culture.

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Dominica Public Library a property grant. The grant included 15 classic books by American authors, such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Beloved by Toni Morrison. The books will be added to the library’s America Corner, which supplies Dominican children with books so they can experience parts of American culture. The value of the grant is US$231.15.

ABLA Library Symposium

As part of continued support of the America Corners in regional libraries the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Cecil Ferdinand of Dominica a cultural grant to enable him to travel to the ABLA Library Symposium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The symposium included social media workshops, an overview of America Corner resources and networks, innovative programming lectures and introduced participants to future plans for the America Corners program. Mr. Ferdinand attended the ABLA Symposium so he could learn to get the most out of the America Corner for the people of Dominica.

Atkinson Primary School

Atkinson Primary School in Dominica was awarded a property grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 19 books by American authors. Many of the books are non-fiction, such as Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the 20th Century by Ted Gottfried, Madeline Albright: She Speaks for America by Suzanne Freedman and We Can Do It: Rosie the Riveter by Christine Petersen.

Dominica National Council of Women

In support of the Dominica National Council of Women’s (DNCW) efforts to increae awareness of violence against women and HIV/AIDS the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the DNCW a human rights grant. This grant enabled the DNCW to host two concurrent workshops for the women of the indigenous Kalinago Tribe. One workshop was aimed at increasing awareness of gender-based violence. The women were taught about the different ways to detect, treat, and protect against gender-based violence. The second workshop focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The women were taught about HIV/AIDS diagnosis’s and treatment options. The workshop also discussed the social stigmas related to HIV/AIDS. These workshops helped to establish a support network within the Kalingo Tribe, so women can protect themselves against gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.

Dominica Youth Business Trust

Mr. John Roach received a prosperity grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant funded a per diem for Mr. Roach to enable his attendance at an Entrepreneurship Retreat in Dominica. As head of the Dominica Youth Business Trust, Mr. Roach lent his advice and experience to local entrepreneurs. The November 14-19, 2010 retreat was hosted by the Waitukubuli Entrepreneurs Leve.

EducationUSA

Ms. Renita V. Charles received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to travel from Dominica to Lima, Peru. Ms. Charles attended a workshop in Lima in her capacity as EducationUSA’s regional advisor. The workshop lasted from December 6 to 11, 2010.

EducationUSA- Dominica Public Library

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Dominica Public Library a prosperity grant. The grant enabled the Dominica Public Library, in conjunction with EducationUSA, to purchase books, software, and equipment. EducationUSA’s new books include The Official Study Guide for All SAT Subject Tests and International Student Handbook 2011. Promotional items were purchased to encourage Dominican students to study at American colleges and universities. The grant was also used to subsidize travel expenses for the program’s efforts to reach students in outlying areas.

Entrepreneurship Retreat

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Mr. Frederick Baron a prosperity grant. The grant funded a per diem for Mr. Baron, allowing him to attend an Entrepreneurship Retreat in Dominica. Mr. Baron, head of Dominica State College’s entrepreneurship program, used the opportunity of the summit to teach entrepreneurial strategies to aspiring business owners. The retreat, hosted by the Waitukubili Entrepreneurs Leve, was held November 14-19, 2010.

Entrepreneurship Summit

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Greg Horowitt a prosperity grant to support his travel from Barbados to Dominica. Following the 2010 Barbados Entrepreneurship Summit Mr. Horowitt went to Dominica to participate in planning meetings resulting from the summit. The meetings were held from November 18 to 20, 2010.

Geneva Heritage Park- Archaeological Investigation

Dr. Stephin Lenik received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant supported Dr. Lenik’s airfare from the United States to Dominica, so he could conduct an archaeological investigation at Geneva Heritage Park. The work at Geneva Heritage Park was completed from May 12, 2011 to June 23, 2011. Dr. Lenik served as the project coordinator.

Grand Fond Primary School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Grand Fond Primary School, located in Grand Fond, Dominica, a property grant. The school received 51 American children’s books, such as Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and A Time of Miracles by Anne-Loure Bondoux. The books were selected from the Notable Children’s Books List.

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea, Inc was awarded a cultural grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to purchase non-fiction and reference books geared towards young adult remedial readers. The books were distributed to secondary school libraries in rural or outlying areas in Antigua and Barbuda; Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hands Across the Sea co-founders, Harriet and T.L. Linskey support Caribbean students by sailing around the region delivering books. In March 2013, Northeast Comprehensive School in Domica received a donation of books, through Hands Across the Sea.

“It’s a Fact”

Vividview received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to produce and create 105 copies of a ten minute animated video about drug resistance and education for the series “It’s a Fact.” In the video Sgt. Carl Williams of the Royal Barbados Police Force teaches primary school children, aged five to eleven, about drugs, drug related crimes, and peer pressure.  The funds were also used to produce 3,750 copies of a magazine addressing “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” (DARE) themes.

Medina Tyson- International Education Week Essay Contest

In keeping with efforts to promote quality education for all, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Miss Medina Tyson, through her mother Josian Elize, a grant. Miss Tyson earned the US$500 prize by submitting the first place essay in the International Education Week 2010 Competition for Eastern Caribbean students.

Native Nations Dance Theatre Inc.

 

As part of Native American Heritage Month celebrations the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Native Nations Dance Theatre Inc. a cultural grant. The funds were used to facilitate travel from the United States to Barbados and Dominica for four troupe members. These dancers shared Native American culture with the people of the Eastern Caribbean through workshops and performances.

No Witness, No Justice

As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Office of the Attorney General a US$55,565.00 grant to support the No Witness, No Justice initiative. The grant funded a training program for teachers and students across the region to teach them how to implement No Witness, No Justice in their schools. Participants also learned to utilize social media to build lasting and effective youth networks.  Through No Witness, No Justice Caribbean children learn about citizen involvement, how American youths participate in their communities and how they can participate in their own countries and communities. No Witness, No Justice also serves to build a virtual connection, under the CBSI Youth Network, between Caribbean and American children wherein each can learn about the other’s experiences and communities.

North East Comprehensive School- No Witness, No Justice

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown gave a property grant to the North East Comprehensive School for use in the No Witness, No Justice Project. The school received two Apple iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Cases, and two Apple Care Protection Plans. The North East Comprehensive School is located in Marigot, Dominica.

Piton Foundation

The Piton Foundation in Dominica received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown in support of their efforts to foster educational development among disadvantaged children, including students with disabilities or challenging family situations. Grant funds were used to purchase textbooks that are temporarily distributed to students. Under this “revolving” scheme children are given the textbooks in August and keep them until July, when they are collected, so they can be redistributed the next month. The funds were also used to purchase uniforms, pay school, examination and transportation fees.

Planned Parenthood Association

In keeping with the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds for 2011, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association a human rights grant. The group’s projects were specifically designed to reach youths, parents, and teachers. The Dominica Planned Parenthood Association used the grant to screen the two films “They do What, Can You” and “It Only Takes One” in three communities in Dominica. The films aimed to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the communities and encourage people to take preventative steps. The Dominica Planned Parenthood Association used part of the funds to produce a 30 minute television program entitled “Minding Your HIV Business” to encourage people to know their HIV status.

Portsmouth Public Library

The Portsmouth Public Library in Dominica received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 34 children’s books, such as Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming and Lemonade, And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka.

R.B. Douglas- International Education Week Essay Contest

In keeping with efforts to promote quality education for all, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded R.B. Douglas, through guardian Jacqueline Douglas, a grant. R.B. Douglas, of Dominica, earned this US$200 grant for his the third place essay in the International Education Week 2010 Competition for Eastern Caribbean students.

Regional Youth Seminar 2011

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) a cultural grant. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses of six youth delegates, one each from the six OECS nations, to attend the Regional Youth Seminar 2011 in Barbados. The grant was also used to fund the rental of a U.S. Embassy Bridgetown booth at the Youth Expos, the seminar’s culminating event. The youth delegates were selected from organizations such as National Youth Ambassador Corps (Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica National Youth Council, National Youth Ambassadors Programme (Grenada), St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, RYC and National Youth Council (St. Lucia), St. Vincent and Grenadines Youth Council. The seminar was held August 11-13, 2011.

St. Luke’s Primary School

St. Luke’s Primary School received a US$457.43 property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to purchase 40 well-known American children’s books for the school, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly and will be used to improve the school’s present list of publications. St. Luke’s Primary School is located in Pointe Michel, Dominica.

Women’s Empowerment Tour- Meridian International Center

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Meridian International Center a cultural grant to support the travel expenses of journalists and enable their participation in the Foreign Press Center tour on “Women’s Empowerment.” The tour included meetings with government officials, NGOs, community groups, and media representatives to highlight women’s issues. The meetings were geared towards shedding light on gender based violence. The tour lasted from January 29 to February 4, 2012.

“You’re A Star, Stella!”

In keeping with efforts to expand human rights awareness in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Do the Right Thing Limited a grant to produce a booklet geared towards teaching children about domestic violence and the steps they can take to stop it. Do the Right Thing Limited revised a booklet entitled “You’re A Star, Stella!,” produced by Voice UK, to suit the needs of children in the Caribbean. The booklet tells the story of a young girl who witnessed domestic violence and told her teacher, who contacted the police. Programs such as the “You’re A Star, Stella!” project are aimed at reducing physical abuse throughout the Caribbean.

Dr. Jonathan Gayles- Black History Month

Dr. Jonathan Gayles, of Georgia State University, received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to participate in Black History Month events in Barbados and Grenada. Audiences in both countries screened his film Scripts and Black Superman: Black Masculinities in American comic books, in which Dr. Gayles examines how racial stereotypes are presented in comic books.  In a lecture given at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus Dr. Gayles discussed the threatening way African-American men are portrayed in films, such as “Birth of a Nation,” “Rocky” and “Hancock.” Following his lecture Dr. Gayles led an engaging discussion with the audience about the negative ways African-Americans are depicted in popular media and how that affects the way they are perceived in life. The audience, which consisted of members of the university community and the public, was receptive to Dr. Gayles’ ideas and participated in a lively debate.

EducationUSA Grenada

EducationUSA Grenada received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 33 books about applying to American colleges, such as International Student Handbook 2011 and Gardner’s Guide to Selecting a Multimedia School. The grant is valued at US$1,018.36. EducationUSA Grenada is located on the T.A. Marryshow Community College Campus.

Grenadian Ministry of Social Services

In support of the continued initiative to promote Human Rights, The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a women’s shelter, through the offices of the Grenadian Ministry of Social Services, a property grant. The Ministry of Social Services received four books concerning domestic violence. The books include When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping your Children to Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse by Judy Bancroft and Men’s Work: How to Stop the Violence that Tears our Lives Apart by Paul Kivel. The total cost of these books was US$60.06.

Grenada National AIDS Council

The Grenada National AIDS Council (GNAC) received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, as part of the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds for 2011. The GNAC used the grant to conduct an HIV/AIDS awareness and education campaign in three rural Grenadian communities. The grant was also used to offer HIV testing and counseling and healthy lifestyle workshops to the communities. Additionally, the funds were used to establish HIV/AIDS awareness groups. Materials and equipment necessary for these projects were paid for by the grant, as well as the transportation costs of outreach volunteers.

Grenada National Trust

The Grenada National Trust received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to host a children’s archaeological program. Through this summer project the children learned basic excavation, laboratory, record keeping, and technical drawing skills. The children also learned the scientific method and how their project fit into the larger historical narrative of Grenada. Hands-on programs such as this spark children’s interest in learning, while providing them with a safe and productive summer activity.

Grenada Public Library

Grenada Public Library was awarded a property grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The library received five educational children’s games that are intended to make learning fun for kids. The games included “10 Days in the USA” and “You’ve Been Sentenced.” The grant was valued at US$94.14.

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea, Inc was awarded a cultural grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to purchase non-fiction and reference books geared towards young adults with remedial reading skills. The books were distributed to  school libraries in rural or outlying areas in Antigua and Barbuda; Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hands Across the Sea co-founders, Harriet and T.L. Linskey support Caribbean students by sailing around the region delivering books. In March 2013, MacDonald College received new books, through Hands Across the Sea.

“It’s a Fact”

Vividview received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to produce and create 105 copies of a ten minute animated video about drug resistance and education for the series “It’s a Fact.” In the video Sgt. Carl Williams of the Royal Barbados Police Force teaches primary school children, aged five to eleven, about drugs, drug related crimes, and peer pressure.  The funds were also used to produce 3,750 copies of a magazine addressing “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” (DARE) themes.

Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

In February 2011 the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest in honor of Black History Month in the United States. Dareem Antoine of Grenada received a US$450 grant as the prize for his joint-first place essay submission. Naomi Brathwaite received a US$200 grant as the prize for her third place essay.

Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Naniki Restaurant a cultural grant to support their “Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari” event, which they are hosting in conjunction with the Travelling Guitar Foundation, an American based NGO. The grant will fund members of the Travelling Guitar Foundation’s travel expenses from New Jersey to Grenada. The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari will provide local music students of all skill levels an opportunity for jazz education through workshops, classes and performances by high profile jazz musicians. The Naniki Restaurant specifically designed their event to introduce vulnerable young people to jazz, as a way of engaging and encouraging them to pursue their interest in music. The event will be held in Grenada April 26-27, 2013.

No Witness, No Justice Training Program

As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Office of the Attorney General a US$55,565.00 grant to support the No Witness, No Justice initiative. The grant funded a training program for teachers and students across the region to teach them how to implement No Witness, No Justice in their schools. Participants also learned to utilize social media to build lasting and effective youth networks.  Through No Witness, No Justice Caribbean children learn about citizen involvement, how American youths participate in their communities and how they can participate in their own countries and communities. No Witness, No Justice also serves to build a virtual connection, under the CBSI Youth Network, between Caribbean and American children wherein each can learn about the other’s experiences and communities.

Regional Youth Seminar 2011

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) a cultural grant. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses of six youth delegates, one each from the six OECS nations, to attend the Regional Youth Seminar 2011 in Barbados. The grant was also used to fund the rental of a U.S. Embassy Bridgetown booth at the Youth Expos, the seminar’s culminating event. The youth delegates were selected from organizations such as National Youth Ambassador Corps (Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica National Youth Council, National Youth Ambassadors Programme (Grenada), St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, RYC and National Youth Council (St. Lucia), St. Vincent and Grenadines Youth Council. The seminar was held August 11-13, 2011.

Roman Rudnytsky

In his support of his trip to the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded pianist Roman Rudnytsky a cultural grant to purchase his airline ticket. Mr. Rudnytstky travelled to Barbados and Grenada November 7-8, 2010 to perform and meet with schoolchildren. Additionally, Grenadian by Rex Resorts received a cultural grant to pay 50% of the cost of tuning the piano used by Roman Rudnytsky during his performance.

St. David’s RC School

St. David’s RC School, located in St. David, Grenada, received a US$403.20 property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received 44 children’s books and books describing the lives and struggles of African-Americans, including When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz-Ryan and The Day Martin Luther King Jr. Was Shot by Jim Haskins. These books were selected in recognition of Black History Month 2013.

Symba Goddard- International Education Week Essay Contest

In keeping with efforts to promote quality education for all, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Symba Goddard, through her mother Pauline Goddard, a grant. Miss Goddard earned this US$300 prize by submitting the second place essay in the International Education Week 2010 Competition for Eastern Caribbean students.

Thomas Aquinas R.C. School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Thomas Aquinas R.C. School a property grant to improve the school experiences of the students. The school received 87 children’s books, including Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm and We Shall Overcome by Stuart Stotts. Thomas Aquinas R.C. School is located in Petite Martinique, Grenada.

Westerhall Secondary School- No Witness, No Justice

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a property grant to the Westerhall Secondary School. The school received two iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Cases, and two Apple Care Cost Protection Plans. The Westerhall Secondary School is located in Westerhall, St. David, Grenada. The iPads were given to the school for use in the No Witness, No Justice Project.

Windward Islands Research & Education Foundation

Under the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds for 2011, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Windward Islands Research & Education Foundation (WINDREF) a human rights grant to support their efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the region. WINDREF partnered with the Heritage Theater Company of Grenada Inc. and the Ministries of Health and Education engage youths in the fight against HIV/AIDS. WINDREF and its partners created a program through which Grenadian students wrote 30 minute scripts aimed at educating the public about the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Women’s Empowerment Tour- Foreign Press Center

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Meridian International Center a cultural grant to support the travel expenses of journalists and enable their participation in the Foreign Press Center tour on “Women’s Empowerment.” The tour included meetings with government officials, NGOs, community groups, and media representatives to highlight women’s issues. The meetings were geared towards shedding light on gender based violence. The tour lasted from January 29 to February 4, 2012.

“You’re A Star, Stella!”

In keeping with efforts to expand human rights awareness in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Do the Right Thing Limited a grant to produce a booklet geared towards teaching children about domestic violence and the steps they can take to stop it. Do the Right Thing Limited revised a booklet entitled “You’re A Star, Stella!,” produced by Voice UK, to suit the needs of children in the Caribbean. The booklet tells the story of a young girl who witnessed domestic violence and told her teacher, who contacted the police. Programs such as the “You’re A Star, Stella!” project are aimed at reducing physical abuse throughout the Caribbean.

YWCA Grenada

YWCA Grenada received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, as part of the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds 2011. YWCA Grenada used the grant to distribute packets to local businesses and organizations with information regarding HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention methods. YWCA Grenada also issued “safer sex” packages to members of the public, as part of their mission to lower transmission rates and reduce the stigma surrounding people living with HIV/AIDS.

Basseterre High School- No Witness, No Justice

Basseterre High School was awarded a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received two Apple iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Cases, and two Apple Care Protection Plans. The school was provided with the iPads to enable students to participate in the NWNJ Conference held in Barbados in December 2012 and with the larger goal of providing the entire student population with access to social media discussions on security issues.  Bassetere High School is located in Bassetere, St. Kitts.

Chaim Walters- Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

In February 2011 the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosted the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest in honor of Black History Month in the United States. Chaim Walters of Nevis received a US$450 grant as the prize for his joint-first place essay submission.

Charles A. Halbert Public Library

The Charles A. Halbert Public Library in St. Kitts and Nevis received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 22 children’s books, such as The Good Soldiers by David Finkle and Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin. All of the books were selected from the Notable Children’s Book List. The library also received five educational games, including “You’ve Been Sentenced” and “Ingenious.”

Clarence F. Bryant Community College

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Clarence F. Bryant Community College a property grant to supplement the school’s library. The school received eleven American history books, including Eyewitness to the Civil War by Steve Hyslop and Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey by Mary L. Dudziak. The Clarence F. Bryant College is located in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Clarence F. Bryant Community College was awarded a property grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received eight books on American history to add to its campus library. Among the new books are Living History by Hillary Clinton, Rethinking American History in a Global Age by Thomas Bender and Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas by David Cortright.

“Curbing Violence in Public Schools”- Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas

Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) received a grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. FAVACA requested the grant to support expenses incurred by Mr. Charles Hurley, Chief of the Miami-Dade School Police Department while travelling to St. Kitts and Nevis. FAVACA, in conjunction with St. Kitts-Nevis’ Ministry of Education, invited Mr. Hurley to train school resource officers, teachers, and school counselors as part of their “Curbing Violence in Public Schools: A Gang Reduction Strategy for St. Kitts and Nevis.” Mr. Hurley conducted his training program from May 22 to 28, 2011.

“Eye on the Child”

In an effort to reduce sexual abuse in the Caribbean region, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a grant to fund Mrs. Marilyn Rice-Bowen’s September 2012 trip to meet with community leaders in St. Kitts and Nevis. The goal of Mrs. Rice-Bowen’s trip was to develop strategies to increase awareness of sexual abuse. On both St. Kitts and Nevis Mrs. Rice-Bowen promoted the “Eye on the Child” campaign, which encourages all community members to watch over all children in the area; based on the adage “it takes a village to raise a child.” On St. Kitts Mrs. Rice-Brown met with representatives of the Ministry of Social Development, Culture and Gender Affairs to discuss the current state of the island’s school system. During the meeting the government representatives highlighted plans to open a Child Development Residential Program for 30 troubled boys and girls. On Nevis Mrs. Rice-Bowen engaged with women’s groups, church groups, and NGOs to promote awareness of sexual abuse and encourage reporting of such occurrences. Mrs. Rice-Bowen also met with law enforcement officers, nurses, and social workers on Nevis to address the pressing sexual abuse issues facing the island. Mrs. Rice-Bowen’s trip is seen as a productive first step in eradicating abuse and bringing aid to victims.

Facilitating Access to Confidential Testing, Treatment and Support (FACTTS)

Through the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds 2011, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Facilitating Access to Confidential Testing, Treatment and Support (FACTTS) a human rights grant. To provide support for people living with HIV/AIDS the group made weekly telephone calls and held monthly one-on-one interactive sessions for people living with HIV/AIDS. FACTTS also held workshops and published a monthly newsletter to help people cope with their diagnosis. By providing HIV/AIDS positive community members with a support system FACTTS helped reduce the emotional impact of discrimination and stigmas against people with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, and caregivers.

Gingerland Secondary School- No Witness, No Justice

Gingerland Secondary School received two Apple iPads as part of a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. Students from the school participated in the NWNJ Conference in Barbados in December 2012 and the iPads were used as a resource tool during the conference. Since the conference’s end students have continued to use the iPads to participate in the school’s NWNJ initiative. Gingerland Secondary School also received an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Cases, and two Apple Care Protection Plans. The school’s address is Gingerland, St. George’s Parish, Nevis.

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea, Inc was awarded a cultural grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to purchase non-fiction and reference books geared towards young adults with remedial reading skills. The books were distributed to school libraries in rural or outlying areas in Antigua and Barbuda; Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hands Across the Sea co-founders, Harriet and T.L. Linskey support Caribbean students by sailing around the region delivering books. In March 2013, Saddlers School on St. Kitts received a book donation through Hands Across the Sea.

“It’s a Fact”

Vividview received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to produce and create 105 copies of a ten minute animated video about drug resistance and education for the series “It’s a Fact.” In the video Sgt. Carl Williams of the Royal Barbados Police Force teaches primary school children, aged five to eleven, about drugs, drug related crimes, and peer pressure.  The funds were also used to produce 3,750 copies of a magazine addressing “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” (DARE) themes.

Ivor Walters Primary School

The Ivor Walters Primary School received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 48 children’s books, such as Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine and Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. The Ivor Walters Primary School is located in Ground Hill Village on Nevis.

Marilyn Rice-Bowen- Anti-Child Abuse Conference in St. Kitts and Nevis

Embassy Bridgetown awarded Marilyn Rice-Bowen a human rights grant to support her participation in a series of strategy meetings in St. Kitts and Nevis, devoted to combating child abuse. Ms. Rice-Bowen is a well-respected social activist in Barbados and a longtime partner in Embassy Bridgetown’s anti-violence efforts. She will travel to St. Kitts and Nevis from April 14 to 19, 2013 to lend her expertise to the country’s growing anti-abuse movement.

Marilyn Rice-Bowen- Gender Based Violence and Sexual Abuse Issues Conference

In continuing support of efforts to end gender-based violence in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown provided a grant to Mrs. Marilyn Rice-Bowen, so she could attend workshops and meetings in St. Kitts and Nevis. Mrs. Rice-Bowen is the president of the National Organization of Women in Barbados and is a well-respected community activist. Mrs. Rice-Bowen attended the St. Kitts and Nevis events to lend her expertise to the alarming gender-based violence and sexual abuse issues in St. Kitts and Nevis. On the first day of her trip Mrs. Rice-Bowen met with the Director of Gender Affairs Sandra Maynard and executive members of Voices of Women (VOW) in Nevis. Despite years of community involvement, Mrs. Rice-Bowen was shocked by the severity of the reports of child sexual abuse in Nevis and with those present developed steps toward a solution, such as mounting public awareness campaign and expanding the scale and strength of the “good touch/bad touch” program. In St. Kitts Mrs. Rice-Bowen met with the Caribbean Women’s Association and discussed their need to reorganize to increase the group’s effectiveness. The work of Mrs. Rice-Bowen in St. Kitts and Nevis, funded by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, is a major step in increasing awareness of gender issues in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Media in Support of People Living With HIV/AIDS

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, through the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds 2011, awarded Media In Support of People Living With HIV/AIDS (MINSOPLWHA) a human rights grant. With these funds MINSOPLWHA produced and distributed a pamphlet geared towards educating the public about the challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS. To gather information for their publication MINSOPLWHA conducted a two week series of interviews with 30 persons with HIV/AIDS. Participants were asked to share their stories of challenges and how they have coped with their diagnosis in order increase understanding and appreciation of the struggle endured by people with HIV/AIDS.

Nevis Public Library

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Nevis Public Library a property grant. The library received five educational games, including “Scrambled States of America” and “Word on the Street, Junior.” The games are intended to engage children in learning and allow them to experience parts of American culture.

The Nevis Public Library was awarded a prosperity grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support their partnership in education with EducationUSA. The grant funded outreach activities, such as visits to Parent Teacher Associations on Nevis and the Guidance Counselor Unit on St. Kitts. The grant is valued at US$150.00.

No Witness, No Justice

As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Office of the Attorney General a US$55,565.00 grant to support the No Witness, No Justice initiative. The grant funded a training program for teachers and students across the region to teach them how to implement No Witness, No Justice in their schools. Participants also learned to utilize social media to build lasting and effective youth networks.  Through No Witness, No Justice Caribbean children learn about citizen involvement, how American youths participate in their communities and how they can participate in their own countries and communities. No Witness, No Justice also serves to build a virtual connection, under the CBSI Youth Network, between Caribbean and American children wherein each can learn about the other’s experiences and communities.

Regional Youth Seminar 2011

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) a cultural grant. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses of six youth delegates, one each from the six OECS nations, to attend the Regional Youth Seminar 2011 in Barbados. The grant was also used to fund the rental of a U.S. Embassy Bridgetown booth at the Youth Expos, the seminar’s culminating event. The youth delegates were selected from organizations such as National Youth Ambassador Corps (Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica National Youth Council, National Youth Ambassadors Programme (Grenada), St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, RYC and National Youth Council (St. Lucia), St. Vincent and Grenadines Youth Council. The seminar was held August 11-13, 2011.

St. Kitts- Nevis Football Association- HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

As part of the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds 2011, the St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The association reached out to youths through schools, community organizations, and clubs to raise HIV/AIDS awareness throughout a six month campaign, culminating in a final football tournament. At these events t-shirts and paraphernalia with HIV/AIDS awareness messages were distributed to the children. During the final tournament seminars were held to educate participants about HIV/AIDS with the goal of reducing the transmission rate, eliminating the stigma surrounding HIV testing, and generally raise awareness. The St. Kitts-Nevis Football Association engaged youths through sports programs and used that platform to educate them about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Royal St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force

As part of efforts to improve regional security the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown granted The Royal St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force Encase V6 Cyber Software. This software will be used in investigations where cyber forensics is required.

The Young Females Abstinence Club

Under the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds 2011, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Young Females Abstinence Club (TYFAC) a human rights grant. TYFAC used this grant to hold life skills sessions, through which young people were taught about HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support, and advocacy. TYFAC also hosted a weekend retreat for 15-18 year olds to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.

Tucker Clarke Primary School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Tucker Clarke Primary School a property grant. The school received 48 children’s books, including Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson and The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. The Tucker Clarke Primary School is located in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Women’s Empowerment Tour- Meridian International Center

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Meridian International Center a cultural grant to support the travel expenses of journalists and enable their participation in the Foreign Press Center tour on “Women’s Empowerment.” The tour included meetings with government officials, NGOs, community groups, and media representatives to highlight women’s issues. The meetings were geared towards shedding light on gender based violence. The tour lasted from January 29 to February 4, 2012.

“You’re A Star, Stella!”

In keeping with efforts to expand human rights awareness in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Do the Right Thing Limited a grant to produce a booklet geared towards teaching children about domestic violence and the steps they can take to stop it. Do the Right Thing Limited revised a booklet entitled “You’re A Star, Stella!,” produced by Voice UK, to suit the needs of children in the Caribbean. The booklet tells the story of a young girl who witnessed domestic violence and told her teacher, who contacted the police. Programs such as the “You’re A Star, Stella!” project are aimed at reducing physical abuse throughout the Caribbean.

Camille Henry School

The Camille Henry School, located in Castries, St. Lucia, was awarded a property grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received 42 children’s books, including Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson and A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead. These books will increase the selection currently available to the children of the Camille Henry School.

Carmy Joseph- Foreign Press Center Reporting Tour

Carmy Joseph received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to participate in the Foreign Press Center’s (FPC) “Women’s Empowerment” reporting tour in Washington, D.C., from April 30 through May 6, 2011. This grant supported Ms. Joseph’s travel expenses and an expense allowance during the program. However, prior to the trip Ms. Joseph required an “I” visa, so the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown gave her an additional cultural grant, valued at US$683.00, to travel from St. Lucia to Barbados to acquire the requisite visa.

Castries Comprehensive Secondary School- No Witness, No Justice

Castries Comprehensive Secondary School received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The school received two iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Cases, and two Apple Care Protection Plans. The iPads were given to the school for use in the No Witness, No Justice Project. Castries Comprehensive Secondary School is located in Castries, St. Lucia.

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea, Inc was awarded a cultural grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to purchase non-fiction and reference books geared towards young adults with remedial reading skills. The books were distributed to school libraries in rural or outlying areas in Antigua and Barbuda; Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hands Across the Sea co-founders, Harriet and T.L. Linskey support Caribbean students by sailing around the region delivering books. In February 2013, Bonne Terre Preparatory School in St. Lucia received a book donation, through Hands Across the Sea.

“It’s a Fact”

Vividview received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to produce and create 105 copies of a ten minute animated video about drug resistance and education for the series “It’s a Fact.” In the video Sgt. Carl Williams of the Royal Barbados Police Force teaches primary school children, aged five to eleven, about drugs, drug related crimes, and peer pressure.  The funds were also used to produce 3,750 copies of a magazine addressing “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” (DARE) themes.

Junious Brickhouse- Black History Month

As part of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Black History Month calendar of events, urban dancer Junious Brickhouse received a cultural grant to hold dance workshops in Barbados and St. Lucia. Mr. Brickhouse, who has held such workshops in the Caribbean in the past, seeks to engage young people through these events. His programs highlighted the many contributions African-Americans have made to American culture. Mr. Brickhouse’s events were held in St. Lucia from February 24-28, 2013 and in Barbados from February 28-March 3, 2013.

No Witness, No Justice

As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Office of the Attorney General a US$55,565.00 grant to support the No Witness, No Justice initiative. The grant funded a training program for teachers and students across the region to teach them how to implement No Witness, No Justice in their schools. Participants also learned to utilize social media to build lasting and effective youth networks.  Through No Witness, No Justice Caribbean children learn about citizen involvement, how American youths participate in their communities and how they can participate in their own countries and communities. No Witness, No Justice also serves to build a virtual connection, under the CBSI Youth Network, between Caribbean and American children wherein each can learn about the other’s experiences and communities.

Regional Youth Seminar 2011

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) a cultural grant. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses of six youth delegates, one each from the six OECS nations, to attend the Regional Youth Seminar 2011 in Barbados. The grant was also used to fund the rental of a U.S. Embassy Bridgetown booth at the Youth Expos, the seminar’s culminating event. The youth delegates were selected from organizations such as National Youth Ambassador Corps (Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica National Youth Council, National Youth Ambassadors Programme (Grenada), St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, RYC and National Youth Council (St. Lucia), St. Vincent and Grenadines Youth Council. The seminar was held August 11-13, 2011.

RISE Youth Center

RISE received a cultural grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to support the creation of a youth space in St. Lucia where young people can gather to participate in productive activities outside of school. Through the space youths will learn marketable professional and life skills. Participants will receive career and financial planning advice, job interview counseling, application writing, computer and public speaking training. The youth space will also provide Caribbean Examination Council School Based Assessment assistance. These programs are designed to empower young people and encourage them to make responsible choices when faced with vulnerable situations.

Royal St. Lucia Police Force

The Royal St. Lucia Police Force received Encase V6 Cyber Software as a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The software is used in investigations requiring cyber forensics and is part of a larger effort to improve security capabilities in the Caribbean region.

St. Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the St. Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation a human rights grant to increase the support they can provide to vulnerable families. Students may receive homework assistance, access to computers, skills, literacy, and numeracy training; while parents are taught parenting and life skills. The funds were used to purchase necessary supplies for the center, including computers, tables, printers, a DVD player, a file cabinet, a white board, bookshelves, and a computer based literacy program.

Urban Artistry Dance Troupe

Six members of Urban Artistry Dance Troupe received cultural grants from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grants funded the travel expenses of the individuals, so they could participate in a series of performances in Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The troupe also held workshops and conducted outreach activities in each of the three countries they visited. Urban Artistry Dance Troupe teaches children life lessons through their dance programs. The grantees were Junious Lee Brickhouse, Olyuwatoyin Sogunro, LaTasha Chanel Barnes, Emily Wessel, Brent Talley, and Baronhawk Poitier Williams.

Vieux Fort Primary School

Vieux Fort Primary School received 48 new books through a property grant from Embassy Bridgetown. Visiting American dancer, Junious Brickhouse presented the books to the school as part of his trip to St. Lucia to celebrate Black History Month 2013. The books include Bury Me Not in the Land of Slaves by Joyce Hansen and Tell Me A Story, Mama by Angela Johnson.

Vide Bouteille Primary School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown gave the Vide Bouteille Primary School a US$525.00 property grant. The school received 39 well-known American children’s books, including Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems and E-mergency! By Tom Lichtenheld. Vide Bouteille is located in Castries, St. Lucia. The grant was provided in order to improve the list of publications which the school presently has and share American culture with the young students.

Women’s Empowerment Tour- Meridian International Center

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Meridian International Center a cultural grant to support the travel expenses of journalists and enable their participation in the Foreign Press Center tour on “Women’s Empowerment.” The tour included meetings with government officials, NGOs, community groups, and media representatives to highlight women’s issues. The meetings were geared towards shedding light on gender based violence. The tour lasted from January 29 to February 4, 2012.

“You’re A Star, Stella!”

In keeping with efforts to expand human rights awareness in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Do the Right Thing Limited a grant to produce a booklet geared towards teaching children about domestic violence and the steps they can take to stop it. Do the Right Thing Limited revised a booklet entitled “You’re A Star, Stella!,” produced by Voice UK, to suit the needs of children in the Caribbean. The booklet tells the story of a young girl who witnessed domestic violence and told her teacher, who contacted the police. Programs such as the “You’re A Star, Stella!” project are aimed at reducing physical abuse throughout the Caribbean.

Care Advocacy Reaching-out and Empowering- St. Vincent and the Grenadines

As part of the Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Funds for 2011, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Care Advocacy Reaching-out and Empowering-St. Vincent and the Grenadines (CARE-SVG) a human rights grant. CARE-SVG used this grant to produce a televised documentary to encourage people to get tested for HIV/AIDS and highlight the different ways HIV/AIDS affects people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. CARE-SVG sponsored outreach programs throughout the country to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.

C.W. Prescod Primary School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded C.W. Prescod Primary School of Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines a property grant. The school received 53 American children’s books, including City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood. These books, all of which were selected from the Notable Children’s Books List, will improve the selection of the school’s library and share parts of American culture with the children.

EducationUSA St. Vincent and the Grenadines

EducationUSA St.Vincent and the Grenadines received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant included 33 books about the application process for American colleges. The books include titles such as The College Application Essay: Revised Edition and Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd ed. These books are intended to prepare students interested in studying in the United States for the college application process.

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea, Inc was awarded a cultural grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to purchase non-fiction and reference books geared towards young adults with remedial reading skills. The books were distributed to school libraries in rural or outlying areas in Antigua and Barbuda; Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hands Across the Sea co-founders, Harriet and T.L. Linskey support Caribbean students by sailing around the region delivering books.

“It’s a Fact”

Vividview received a human rights grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The grant was used to produce and create 105 copies of a ten minute animated video about drug resistance and education for the series “It’s a Fact.” In the video Sgt. Carl Williams of the Royal Barbados Police Force teaches primary school children, aged five to eleven, about drugs, drug related crimes, and peer pressure.  The funds were also used to produce 3,750 copies of a magazine addressing “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” (DARE) themes.

Marriqua School

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded a $457.43 property grant to Marriqua School. The school received 40 well-known American children’s books, such as The Great Migration: A Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield and Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes and will be used to improve the school library’s book selection. The Marriqua School is located in Mespo, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

No Witness, No Justice

As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Office of the Attorney General a US$55,565.00 grant to support the No Witness, No Justice initiative. The grant funded a training program for teachers and students across the region to teach them how to implement No Witness, No Justice in their schools. Participants also learned to utilize social media to build lasting and effective youth networks.  Through No Witness, No Justice Caribbean children learn about citizen involvement, how American youths participate in their communities and how they can participate in their own countries and communities. No Witness, No Justice also serves to build a virtual connection, under the CBSI Youth Network, between Caribbean and American children wherein each can learn about the other’s experiences and communities.

Regional Youth Seminar 2011

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded the Barbados Youth Development Council (BYDC) a cultural grant. The funds were used to pay the travel expenses of six youth delegates, one each from the six OECS nations, to attend the Regional Youth Seminar 2011 in Barbados. The grant was also used to fund the rental of a U.S. Embassy Bridgetown booth at the Youth Expos, the seminar’s culminating event. The youth delegates were selected from organizations such as National Youth Ambassador Corps (Antigua & Barbuda), Dominica National Youth Council, National Youth Ambassadors Programme (Grenada), St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association, RYC and National Youth Council (St. Lucia), St. Vincent and Grenadines Youth Council. The seminar was held August 11-13, 2011.

Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Encase V6 Cyber Software as part of efforts to promote security in the Caribbean basin. The Encase V6 Cyber Software is used for investigations requiring cyber forensics technology.

St. Martin’s Secondary School- No Witness, No Justice

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded St. Martin’s Secondary School a property grant. The school received two Apple iPads, an iTunes gift card valued at US$25, two iPad Smart Cases, and two Apple Care Protection Plans. St. Martin’s Secondary School, located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, received the iPads for use in the No Witness, No Justice project.

St. Mary’s Anglican Church Restoration Trust

Through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded The St. Mary’s Anglican Church Restoration Trust a cultural grant. The Trust used these funds to continue the restoration of St. Mary’s Anglican Church on Bequia, a project that has been ongoing since the Trust’s founding in December 2008. Restoration plans were extensive and included replacing the damaged roof, rotted support beams in the church and sanctuary; painting the church; replacing all windows; raising the vestry walls so they reach the roof properly; and restoring the church walls. The EC$212,324.60 given by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown has played a central role in the Trust’s ability to preserve the 19th century church. Preservation projects are needed in the Caribbean to ensure that heritage sites survive to be enjoyed by generations to come and to increase historical tourism in the region.

St. Vincent Public Library

The St. Vincent Public Library received a property grant from the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The library received 26 books related to women’s right and the struggle for suffrage, such as The World at her Fingertips: The Story of Helen Keller by Joan Dash and Adventures of the Shark Lady: Eugenie Clarke Around the World by Ann McGovern.

The U.S. Embassy awarded a property grant to the St. Vincent Public Library, located in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The grant included 42 classic books, including The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The value of the grant is US$701.82.

The St. Vincent Public Library was awarded a property grant by the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown. The library received the educational children’s games Apples to Apples, The Game of Scatterogories, Word on the Street, Jr., and Scrambled States of America. The St. Vincent Public Library is located in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This grant was awarded to expand the educational tools available to young readers using the library. The total amount awarded for these games was US$78.31.

Women’s Empowerment Tour- Meridian International Center

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Meridian International Center a cultural grant to support the travel expenses of journalists and enable their participation in the Foreign Press Center tour on “Women’s Empowerment.” The tour included meetings with government officials, NGOs, community groups, and media representatives to highlight women’s issues. The meetings were geared towards shedding light on gender based violence. The tour lasted from January 29 to February 4, 2012.

“You’re A Star, Stella!”

In keeping with efforts to expand human rights awareness in the Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown awarded Do the Right Thing Limited a grant to produce a booklet geared towards teaching children about domestic violence and the steps they can take to stop it. Do the Right Thing Limited revised a booklet entitled “You’re A Star, Stella!,” produced by Voice UK, to suit the needs of children in the Caribbean. The booklet tells the story of a young girl who witnessed domestic violence and told her teacher, who contacted the police. Programs such as the “You’re A Star, Stella!” project are aimed at reducing physical abuse throughout the Caribbean.