VNG International is working on St Maarten in the context of the recovery and reconstruction efforts after hurricane Irma in 2017. In that context, we are setting up a project funded by the World Bank strengthening non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their role in the rehabilitation effort, which will have a direct impact on community and household level and accelerate the realization of the World Bank Trust Fund for St Maarten’s activities and objectives. In order to do so, a grants mechanism will be set-up to launch periodic calls for proposals to fund projects with recovery and rehabilitation objectives. In addition, a component focusing on technical assistance and capacity building will be launched to complement the grant mechanism with institutional capacity building for the grant beneficiaries (NGOs). It is expected that the facility will be launched as soon as possible and that it will have a four year duration. Preparatory has been undertaken to be able to launch the facility. Especially in the field of safeguards and operational guidelines. These so-called safeguard instruments are necessary for such a project to have its intended results and not have any negative side effects. These instruments have been completed in the past couple of weeks and we are pleased to share them publicly in anticipation of the launch of the project.