Cash on offer for ‘good governance’ projects

| 15/02/2012

6652.png(CNS): The governor’s office has up to $10,000 to give away to local activists, groups, individuals charities or other organisations that are planning projects which relate to good governance and transparency; respect for human rights; crime reduction and an effective criminal justice system or awareness and protection of the environment. The money comes from an annual grant from the Overseas Territories Programme Fund through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support what officials described as ‘worthwhile projects” in Cayman. The search is no on to find relevant projects in need of financial support for the period April 2012 – March 2013.

The proposal shouldhave concrete outcomes and the potential to have a lasting impact on the Cayman Islands, the office explained, with the support of a local organisation if the proposal comes from an individual and must take place within the 12 month period specified.

“This is a relatively small fund, but we have used it to good effect in the past and I am keen for this to continue,” Duncan Taylor said Tuesday.

In the past the money from the fund has been used for a diverse range of projects such as an early intervention project for at-risk children, the security scanning chair at the prison, a public information campaign for the Gender Equality Bill, a lionfish study and a survey into the role of Civic Society.

For more information, please visit the website of the Governor’s Office To receive a project bidding form please contact Tom Hines at the Governor’s Office:, tel. 244 2434.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    National Trust seems to really need it or the WildLife Fund.

  2. Anonymous says:

    $10,000 you got to be kidding.

    Gov.Taylor can do better than that. Charities cost more than regular businesses to run now a days.

    What does he think he is doing?

    Why is he so tight? Its not his money, where is the bulk of it going?
    There’s much more available, millions of dollars.

  3. Chris says:

    H.E. this is an excellent initiative as it encourages and empowers us to DO SOMETHING OURSELVES about poor governance and mismanagement of our country. 

    I would recommend that some form of whistleblower protection be included in this initiative as people may be/will be victimised for uncovering  the facts.

    $10,000 wont get you far if you lose your job!

    That being said, I sure hope Mr. Billy Adam applies and gets approved for these funds.

    He is one of the best watch dogs we have in this country.



  4. Anonymous says:

    The group who have been on Rooster asking for sponsorship for their trip to the UK should apply for this. Surely their cited plans could meet the requirements.

  5. Anonymous says:

    With all due respect to the governor. I expected better of him.
    If Big Mac can give away millions to churches who have stached their money away into bank accounts. Then why can’t the governor offer at least $100,000 to these charities who are really out there helping people and promoting good causes?There are people who need to get paid for their services. In case the governor does not know how a charity is run, they have managers, and staff who need to pay office rent, pay high utility bills, eat food, buy gas, and a roof over their head.
    Shame on you governor, I expected better.
    Just how much good will $10,000 do in an expensive society such as this Cayman Cayman Islands? I’d say this is more of a hindrance than a help.

    Any governor that wanted truly for the society to succeed would indeed offer much more than a measly handout of $10,000. That small amount should be changed to at least $100,000.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, Guv, how about giving Stan Thomas immunity?

  7. Anonymous says:

    just give it to mac's church and be done with it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am voting for the West Bay People's Alliance!

  9. Anonymous says:

    What a load of B.S.   Until we see the Governor's Office do something, anything, to help bring about good governance in the Cayman Islands, they can stick their little fund where the sun don't shine.


    • HERBTEA says:

      0827  I quote your words what a load of   BS    Bull Sh**it. in long and short.   Yes I have seen a bunch of old fowls from Bodden Town district, just now a day or two,  trying to jump on the band waggon for this, without even tell parents and children the plan why they are begining such a program.  People of the district are thinking that they have the kids welfare at heart, and I have observed that it is not so.  

      These same old cacklers are critizing the young people in one side of their mouth and praising them with refreshments. Young people need to be inspired by young people, not by a bunch of old chickens cackling over their head about how bad they are and feeding them corned beef sandwiches.  The programm will begin and it will not last until a proper stragetic plan is put in place by those persons who know how to keep the attention of children and really love kids..


  10. Ideas Man says:

    One good governance project would be to ensure certain witnesses get immunity and speed up the furtherance of a criminal investigation which has been hanging over Cayman for too long.  This could in turn save millions of dollars in stopping crazy and impulsive government decisions, the losses on the Cohen deal or the GLF settlement spring to mind.

    Another good idea would be back up our existing good governance laws with criminal santions because at the moment our current government brazenly go on the radio and say "following the law would cost us money so we decided to ignore it".