Since 2012, Dart has donated approximately CI$5 million to local non-profit endeavours. This year, in an effort to maximise Dart’s positive impact on the local community, the company launched Dart Grants, a new programme of up to 15 fixed grants ranging from CI$10,000 to CI$50,000.
Dart Grants will support locally registered and based non-profit organisations with a focus on high-impact work in the areas of youth development, education or the environment.
Executive Vice President Pilar Bush, who is responsible for community development at Dart, says the three areas chosen are key to the continued socio-economic development of the Cayman Islands.
“The continued stability and success of the Cayman Islands are central to Dart’s decision to remain headquartered here,” she says. “We are uniquely positioned to play an integral role in further developing our community.”
Interested non-profit organisations are invited to submit an expression of interest (available for download on dart.ky/about-us/community) on an annual basis. Successful Phase I applicants will
be invited to submit a more detailed proposal.
Bush says the competitive, two-stage application process is designed to be efficient and reduce the burden of time on non-profit organisations interested in applying for grants. The grants will be supported by performance monitoring appropriate to the amount of financial support awarded.
“Successful grant recipients are required to provide reports on progress towards the objectives stated on their application and on the use of funds,” she says.
Although Dart already offers its employees a benefit of four hours of paid volunteering leave per month, Bush says Dart also plans to offer successful grant recipients targeted support through staff expertise and organised volunteering.
“As one of the largest employers in the Cayman Islands, we have the opportunity to provide additional support in terms of volunteers and local experts,” she says. “Our aim is to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations through our people, our time and our financial investments.”
Though the majority of the 2019 resources will be directed to Dart Grants, Dart will continue to accept applications from eligible organisations for donations that fall outside the Dart Grants programme and corporate sponsorships, such as tickets for charitable events or branded sponsorship of community events. Applications for the three types of funding are available through its website at dart.ky/about-us/community.