Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly MP, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. (Image: Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) has confirmed that it is accepting applications for the Cultural Relief Grant from today, Friday July 10th, 2020. 

In a news release, the Ministry explains that the Grant, was approved by Cabinet on July 2nd 2020, as one of a suite of relief measures for persons in the creative industry.

The Ministry states that the Grant is a one-off payment of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) in financial assistance for artistes and creatives who lost income as a result of the necessary measures implemented due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Creatives and Artistes who are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and who have not received any other COVID-19 relief grants are eligible to apply.  The Cultural Relief Grant targets artistes and creatives who have been affected by cancelled exhibitions, classes, conferences, workshops and other cultural events between March and December, 2020.

Creatives and Artistes must fall within the genres of Music, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Dance, Theatre Arts, Film, Craft and Fine Art. Applicants must also provide supporting documentation illustrating proof of Trinidad and Tobago citizenship, sustained activity within the respective genre of cultural enterprise over the period 2018-2020 and proof of loss of income between March-December 2020.

Application forms, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available and can be downloaded from the MCDCA website at www.cdca.gov.tt.

Physical forms will be available at MCDCA’s Offices at Jobco Building, 51-55 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, as well as all District Offices of the Community Development Division. For a listing of District Offices, visit www.cdca.gov.tt.

Guidelines for application and additional information also can be found on the MCDCA Facebook and Instagram pages. Queries can be made:

  • via email, at [email protected]; or
  • via phone, to the MCDCA’s Grants Secretariat during normal working hours, at 225-(CDCA) 2322 ext. 5230 / 5226 / 5227 / 5228.

Completed Cultural Relief Grant application forms and copies of the requisite supporting documents either can be submitted in hard copy or via email. Physical applications should be addressed to the Grants Department of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and deposited into labelled Cultural Relief Grant Submission Boxes at:

  • all Community Development Division District Offices; or
  • the ground floor of Nicholas Towers, 63-65 Independence Square, Port-of-Spain.

Alternatively, completed application forms and scanned copies of relevant documents can be submitted via email to [email protected].