The Presidential Grant is one of the major interventions being undertaken by the Government aimed at boosting economic and social development for Amerindian People in the respective villages and communities.

The allocation of grants commenced in October, 2007 with a total of One hundred and fifty million dollars (G$150,000,000) allocated towards meeting the social and economic needs of one hundred and thirty nine villages and communities (139).

Small villages, which previously received around $500,000, now benefit from $1 million annually, while those receiving $1.5 million to $1.8 million now enjoy $2 million or more annually.

The Presidential Grant has no doubt significantly improved the standard of living in the villages through socio-economic projects but not limited to Agriculture, Infrastructure, Transportation, Socio-Cultural projects, tourism, and community development as a whole.

Projects supported under the Presidential Grant initiatives include:

–          Transportation (Procurement of boats, engines, mini buses, tractors, trailers and its
implements and ATV  for general transportation

–          Agricultural Projects (cattle farming, chicken rearing, cash crop farming)

–          Machinery & Equipment (Chain saws, brush cutters, generators)

–          Tourism (Guest houses, Eco Lodges, benabs)

–          Productive Infrastructure (Pavilions, Multi-purpose Halls, Village Offices, Village shops Roads, trails, bridges, revetments)


  1. Presidential Grant: A catalyst for economic, social upliftment in Amerindian villages-Over $392M in grants to be distributed this year
  2. $947.6M spent on 243 projects through Presidential Grants in 2023 – Min Sukhai