HOW WE WORK
We seek to support programs and projects that will improve the lives of St. Maarten’s most vulnerable groups. Through a transparent application and review process, which includes open dialogue, we identify how proposed initiatives fall within our work areas and our larger Social Development Plan. Furthermore, we seek to ensure that the programs and projects we support will be successful, well managed, impactful and transformative. For these reasons, we look for the following when reviewing grant applications:
The outcomes of the project should be desirable and inspiring to all organizations involved. Only a positive outcome will make organizations, boards, personnel, volunteers take the initiative and cooperate.
The project should be very critical of the costs in connection with the quality of the outcomes. The added value of certain outcomes and the sacrifice to realize it should be questioned. This connection should be compared regularly.
The project should aim at the mission of the social development based on one or more of the pillars. All approaches should be evaluated. Their planned outcomes and indicators should be used to compare the real outcomes with these planned outcomes.
The project should not only focus on the realization but also on the maintenance and follow-up.
Within the project cooperation between sector and/or organizations should be promoted. Also cooperation between NGOs’ and GOs’ and even with the business community should be stimulated.
By embodying these principles and having them guide our work, we are able to bring provide financial and non-financial support to great organizations doing wonderful work in our community.
If you or your organization believe that SMDF can support your work, please download our application: SMDF – Subsidy Request Form