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This call for proposals aims to fund cluster initiatives that can help Caribbean firms to grow, generate employment and export to new markets.


Clusters are defined as 3 or more private sector firms collaborating to produce and sell a stream of new or better products/services at competitive costs on the regional or international market.


Compete Caribbean will grant selected cluster project(s) 80% of the total budget for the project proposed by the cluster, to a maximum of USD$400,000. The cluster must contribute a counterpart of 20% (minimum) of the total project cost, half of which can be provided in-kind. Professional consultants will also be available to support the project development process.

Deadline for submitting a Project Concept Note (PCN): November 15, 2017.


The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) provides technical assistance in 13 Caribbean countries through a multi-donor fund created by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). CCPF aims to contribute to economic growth in the Caribbean region by fostering competitiveness of its private sector. This 5-year program builds on the success of the first phase of Compete Caribbean completed in 2016. See examples of previously funded clusters for more information: Cluster 1 | Cluster 2 | Cluster 3.


The value of clustering for the Caribbean’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) lies in its opportunity to collectively service customers, attract new clients or solve production problems, in ways that are not possible for businesses operating independently. More specifically, the firms actively involved in a cluster initiative benefit from access to larger markets, business development/branding, cost sharing/saving, workforce development, higher and more uniform quality standards, supply chain or process improvements, better government support, etc.


Grant funds will cover consultancy services and minor goods related to improving the functioning of a cluster.  Grants will be allocated on a competitive basis following an evaluation by an independent Investment Panel.


Eligible Participants

The call is eligible in the following countries only:

1. Antigua & Barbuda

2. The Bahamas

3. Barbados

4. Belize

5. Dominica

6. Grenada

7. Guyana

8. Jamaica

9. Saint Kitts & Nevis

10. Saint Lucia

11. Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

12. Suriname

13. Trinidad & Tobago


The application must be submitted by a formally registered private entity (lead institution) on behalf of the cluster network. Eligible organisations include: private sector firms, business support organisations (BSOs), industry associations, trade and investment authorities; regional association organisations; small business development centers; NGOs, universities, etc.


Evaluation Criteria

Eligible applications will be shortlisted based on their potential impact on the social and economic indicators most important for the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility. These include:

1. Job creation in the short and long term;

2. Exports (foreign exchange through sales within or outside the country);

3. Contribution to gender equality;

4. Contribution to climate change adaptation or mitigation;

5. Inclusive development / support to vulnerable groups;

6. The likelihood of sustaining the results achieved once the CCPF project ends.


TIP: The clusters must also clearly define their interest in maintaining co-operation post-project. Applicants may wish to outline future cooperation activities that ensure sustainability for up to 5 years post-project.


HOW TO Apply

The application consists of the following required documents:

One project concept note (annexed below and available on CCPF website)

Appendix 1: Cluster Project Details (objectives and activities)

Appendix 2: Cluster member details

Appendix 3: Signed Letter of commitment

Appendix 4: Evidence of legal status of the lead institution



A 5-minute video pitch for your project. In it, you’ll cover the most important details about the product or process, its potential for export and it impact on your country.

Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis or other relevant information.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the CCPF website – detailed instructions will be posted shortly.  Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application via the email address provided.

Once a project has been shortlisted, the lead institution representing the cluster will need to obtain a power of attorney from the other cluster members enabling it to sign a contract with IDB on their behalf.



Winning clusters will be required to enter into a legal agreement with the IDB for the project prior to project execution.  As such, due diligence will be conducted. A cluster will be excluded from participating in the call for proposals procedure if it is in any of the following situations:

a) Bankrupt, subject to insolvency or winding-up procedures, where its assets are being administered by a liquidator or by a court, where it is in an arrangement with creditors, where its business activities are suspended, or where it is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for under national laws or regulations.

b) It has been established by a final judgment or a final administrative decision that the entity is in breach of its obligations relating to the payment of taxes or social security contributions in accordance with the law of the country in which it is established, with those of the country in which the contracting authority is located or those of the country of the performance of the agreement;

c) It has been established by a final judgment that the entity is guilty of any of the following: (i) fraud, (ii) corruption, (iii) participation in a criminal organisation,

d) Terrorist-related offences or offences linked to terrorist activities.

e) Child labour or other forms of trafficking in human beings.


Activities not eligible for Funding

The CCPF does not grant funding for projects or companies involved in the production, trade or use of products, substances or activities set forth in the list below.

1. Those that are illegal according to the laws and regulations of the host country, or pursuant to international conventions and treaties ratified by this.

2. Weapons and ammunition.

3. Tobacco

4. Gambling, casinos and equivalent companies

5. Animals and wild plants or products derived from them that are regulated in accordance with the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild flora and fauna (cites)

6. Radioactive materials

7. Not caked asbestos fibres

8. Projects or forestry operations that are not consistent with the environmental policy and observance of safeguards of the bank (document gn-2208-20)

9. Compounds of bifenilopoliclorado (pcbs)

10. Pharmaceuticals products subject to phase-out or international ban

11. Pesticides and herbicides subject to phase-out or international ban

12. Ozone-depleting substances subject to phasing out international

13. Fishing in the maritime environment with drag nets exceeding 2.5 km in length.

14. Transboundary movements of waste and waste products except non-toxic waste intended for recycling.

15. Persistent organic pollutants

16. Breach of the fundamental principles of workers and rights at work