SFC concludes working visit

Cooperating Foundations for the Dutch Caribbean officials during their visit recently.


PHILIPSBURG– Cooperating Foundations for the Dutch Caribbean (Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben SFC) in St. Maarten, which caters to the islands of St. Maarten, Saba and Statia with providing funding opportunities for social endeavours, received a working visit from representatives of the Samenwerkende Fondsen Netherlands.

SFC was set up more than 14 years ago as a collaborative effort to support social initiatives on the Dutch Caribbean islands, regardless of their status within the Kingdom. It is facilitated by six funding agencies originating in the Netherlands: Fonds Sluyterman van Loo, Innovatiefonds Zorgverzekeraars, Kansfonds, Oranje Fonds, Stichting Kinderpostzegels, and the newly joined Roomsch Catholijk Oude Armen Kantoor (RCOAK).

SFC assists non-governmental organisations (NGOs) financially within the field of social welfare and care, also catering to projects with a special focus on vulnerable groups such as the elderly and youth.

Organisations that have shown interest or have submitted applications for funding, ongoing projects, and those that have had projects in the past or have been the recipients of Irma relief funding granted in December were also visited.

Such visits are of importance for the representatives to get a feel for the needs on the islands as well as knowing hands-on how projects funded through them are making a difference. The delegation also hosted a successful information session at the Senior Citizen Recreational Centre in Hope Estate, which more than 40 persons attended, all showing interest in the opportunities SFC may have to offer.

The working visit continued in Curaçao where all SFC representatives met to discuss the policy plan for the coming years, as well as the specific needs of all the Dutch Caribbean islands and how best to cater to these needs.

Each Dutch Caribbean island has a local office and a local project coordinator to assist with funding applications and inquiries. These offices provide general support to social endeavours in need of funding.

Persons who missed this opportunity can call on the local Project Coordinator, Fleur Hermanides, for more information on possible financial assistance for social projects. For more information, organisations can visit

http://samenwerkendefondsen.org/en , email

sintmaarten@samenwerkendefondsen.org or call +1-721-586 08 08. A downloadable funding application form can be found on the website, and appointments can be made via this contact information.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/74732-sfc-concludes-working-visit