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The IHRDP Unit addresses unemployment through a holistic and integrated approach by combining the efforts and resources of the public, private and civil society sectors. The Unit empowers communities to achieve decent and productive work to enhance sustainable national economic growth. The Unit provides grant funding for community-based income generating projects in rural areas with a focus on supporting MSME development.

Katalaini Waibuta

IHRDP Divisional Manager Eastern

The Integrated Human Resource Development Programme | Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism

Level 2 Civic Tower, Victoria Parade, Suva

P O Box 2118 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji

T: M: 9904335 T: 3212645

Email: kwaibuta@govnet.gov.fj


Mohammed Aslam Khan

IHRDP Divisional Manager Central

The Integrated Human Resource Development Programme | Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism

Level 2 Civic Tower, Victoria Parade, Suva

P O Box 2118 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji

T: M: 9904341 T: 3212645

Email: mkhan@govnet.gov.fj


Mereseini Loga Vakarau

IHRDP Divisional Manager Northern

The Integrated Human Resource Development Programme | Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism

Raobe Building, Labasa

P O Box 2118 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji

T: M: 9904337

Email: mvakarau@govnet.gov.fj


Rusieli Caginavanua Mua

IHRDP Divisional Manager Western

The Integrated Human Resource Development Programme | Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism

Rogorogoivuda House, Lautoka

P O Box 2118 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji

T: M: 9904340

Email: rcaginavanua@govnet.gov.fj


Sinate Vunakece

IHRDP Administrative Officer

The Integrated Human Resource Development Programme | Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism

Level 2 Civic Tower, Victoria Parade, Suva

P O Box 2118 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji

T: M: 9027321 T: 3212645

Email: sinate.tamanivulagi@govnet.gov.fj


Barbara Temo

IHRDP Project Officer

The Integrated Human Resource Development Programme | Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism

Level 2 Civic Tower, Victoria Parade, Suva

P O Box 2118 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji

T: M: 8613553 T: 3212645

Email: barbara.temo@govnet.gov.fj


Item Details
Target Group
  1. Youth Groups, Women’s Groups or clusters of producers with the same commodity
  2. Existing cooperatives who have achieved target 100 to be validated by Department of Co-operatives
  3. Cluster of successful micro, small and medium enterprises recipients previously funded under MSBG with the same economic activities within the community
  4. New and existing community groups and tikina/district cluster who have not been assisted by a government grant scheme for the last 5 years
  5. Certain disadvantaged groups i.e. people with disabilities and women
Target sectors
  1. AGRICULTURE:
    1. Collection Center
    2. Processing Packaging Center
    3. Farmers’ Cooperative Store
    4. Mechanized Farming and Farming Implements
  2. FISHERIES:
    1. Fish Processing and Packaging Plant
    2. Fishermen’s Collection Center and Cooperative Store
  3. NON-FARM ACTIVITIES:
    1. Bakery
    2. Crafts: wood/bamboo, tapa making, cane crafts, leather, fibers, others (showroom, machinery & tools needed for efficient production)
    3. Textile/Clothing: weaving, sewing, embroidery, knitting, jewelry making, others (showroom, industrial sewing machine, machinery for large productions)
    4. Services:
      1. Cooperative store (retailing)
      2. Transport
      3. Carpentry and Joinery
      4. Eco-tourism
      5. Catering
      6. Others (specify)
    5. Others – IGPs that creates decent and productive work

NOTE:  ALL OF THE ABOVE SHALL BE LINKED TO THE COOPERATIVE STRUCTURE.

Grant Scale A minimum threshold of $25,000 to a maximum of $100,000
Full funding; and/or partial funding [dependent on the nature of the request]
Applicants Contribution
  1. One-quarter contribution in cash
  2. Additional contribution shall include resources and sweat equity
  3. Training venue and facilities in the community
  4. Free unskilled labour
  5. Catering and accommodation of officers during any training or gathering in relation to the enterprise
Objective of the Project
  1. To support employment creation in the rural areas and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise [MSME] development.
  2. Minimum 3 jobs created (Direct + Indirect)
Exclusions
  1. Past IHRDP grant recipients from same community need not apply, as the Ministry will only consider new applicants
  2. Debt refinancing
  3. Non-enterprise activities
  4. Business with turnover (sales) of more than $1million per year
  5. Infrastructure development, i.e. roads, community hall, evacuation center, jetties etc.
  6. Grant funds will be released only to vendors and not to applicants
  7. Costs associated with regulatory approvals required from relevant authorities e.g. Rural Local Authority, Environment, TLTB, National Fire Authority, Ministry of Health and Medical Services etc.
  8. Funding high risk equipment such as road motor vehicles
Scope of Assistance Funding will include facilitation of procurement of actual project materials, employable skills training, small business training, financial literacy training and post services support.
Potential area criteria The Local Economic Development [LED] and Training for Rural Economic Empowerment [TREE] site selection criteria is a guide and tool either wholly or partially that will be used to pre-determine the sites which are feasible to be considered for economic interventions.

  1. Unemployment rate or low income level
  2. Total population demographics
  3. Number of businesses in operation in the community
  4. Vulnerability to Natural Disasters
  5. Rate of Non Communicable Diseases [NCDs]
  6. Availability of human resources and raw materials
  7. Availability of the required infrastructure and facilities
  8. Availability of market demands and market links of the business
  9. Availability of Community Development/Action Plan
  10. Commitments of the technical advice from relevant IRD stakeholders
  11. Potential can be expanded to include very remote areas or islands that lack infrastructure and essential services but have resources in abundance.

 

  1. Members must be all Fijian citizen of 18 years and above
  2. Residing in the peri-urban, rural and remote areas in Fiji
  3. Available to start-ups and existing enterprises
  4. Members should not be an employee of the Fijian Civil Service
  5. Must comply with all regulatory requirements of doing business
  6. Confirmation of cooperative/business TIN registration and business license for exiting enterprises

Application form and Guidelines can be accessed via www.mitt.gov.fj.

Alternatively, forms will be available at the following locations from 11 JANUARY 2018.

  1. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism: Level 2 & 3, Civic Tower, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  2. Department of Co-operatives Business: Lami Training College, Sigatoka, Lautoka, Labasa and Savusavu;
  3. Office of the Provincial Administrators: Ba, Bua, Cakaudrove, Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti, Macuata, Nadroga, Naitasiri, Namosi, Ra, Rewa, Serua and Tailevu;
  4. Office of the Provincial Offices: Ba, Savusavu, Levuka, Sigatoka, Rakiraki, Nausori, Labasa, Navua, Serua and Nabouwalu; and
  5. IHRDP Divisional Managers as per details under the submission of applications.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

Completed application form with all required documentation can be submitted to the above addresses or as follows:

Mail to:                                                                       or                     Hand Deliver to:
The Permanent Secretary                                                                 The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism                                     Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism
P.O. Box 2118                                                                                      Level 3 Civic Tower
Government Building                                                                        Victoria Parade
Suva                                                                                                       Suva

 

OR applications can also be sent to the nearest IHRDP Division Office as per details in Staff and Contacts.

Application form and Guidelines can be accessed from 11 JANUARY 2019 here.

 

Alternatively, forms will be available at the following locations from 11 JANUARY 2019.

  1. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism: Level 3, Civic Towers, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  2. Department of Co-operatives Business: Lami Training College, Sigatoka, Lautoka, Labasa and Savusavu;
  3. Office of the Provincial Administrators: Ba, Bua, Cakaudrove, Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti, Macuata, Nadroga, Naitasiri, Namosi, Ra, Rewa, Serua and Tailevu;
  4. Office of the Provincial Offices: Ba, Savusavu, Levuka, Sigatoka, Rakiraki, Nausori, Labasa, Navua, Serua and Nabouwalu; and
  5. IHRDP Divisional Managers under the respective Divisional Offices as per detail in Staff and Contacts

Pre-Approval
  1. Desk assessment by IHRDP Divisional Managers based on IHRDP Criteria.
  2. Prioritization of the identified potential employment and income-generating opportunities by the Integrated Rural Development [IRD] stakeholders.
  3. LED/TREE socioeconomic survey through the following tools:
    1. Community Profile Survey [CPS];
    2. Consumer Demand Survey [CDS];
    3. Market Opportunities Survey [MOS]; or through;
    4. Rapid Community Assessment [RCA] Techniques; and
    5. Feasibility study to validate a short list of potential economic activities
  4. Recommendation of the feasibility report to the IRD
Approval Presentation and approval of the potential economic activities to PS MITT through the Ministry’s Executive Committee meeting forum.

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