May 1, 2020

World Bank intends to support local NGOs, feedback needed

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The World Bank and its counterparts have recognized the valuable contributions made by St. Maarten NGOs/NPOs since the passing of Hurricane Irma. As it relates to emergency relief and reconstruction efforts, NGO work within the community has not gone unnoticed and therefore, both local and international organizations intend to support making St. Maarten more resilient through collaborative efforts with community-based organizations.

To facilitate this process, the World Bank has requested the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and NPOwer St. Maarten, to research the feasibility of a grant-making scheme, which will potentially result in grant funding and capacity support or local non-profit/non-governmental organizations.

While there are no immediate guarantees, it is of great importance to acquire the necessary feedback from all active charitable organizations on St. Maarten (which includes foundations, associations, federations, etc.) to assist in making this opportunity a reality.

All NGO/NPOs are therefore being requested to fill out a short online survey by no later than Thursday August 15, 2019. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete, and the potential outcome can be of great assistance to all involved.

The data acquired from the survey will be analyzed to guide where NGO/NPO priorities and needs lie. Based on this feedback and input from local non-profits, further decisions can be made on the feasibility of such an endeavor and hopefully more information can be provided through relevant media outlets, via email and personal correspondence regarding potential World Bank assistance for NGOs/NPOs.

To complete the survey please visit:

For more information regarding this survey and initiative please reach out to NPOwer via email: and