Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox

The Ministry of Social Development says Phase two of the Income Support Grant has commenced and persons wishing to apply can do so online. The grant is part of the government efforts to help those who have lost their jobs during the current lockdown.
The following is a press release from the Ministry of Social Development:

To mitigate the financial challenges experienced by persons as a result of the recently introduced COVID-19 prevention measures, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services wishes to advise that applications for the Income Support Grant (ISG) (Phase II) has commenced.  Only online applications will be accepted.

The Income Support Grant is up to a maximum of $1,500 for the month of May 2021 only. Once eligible, persons who lost their income with effect from May 1, 2021 will receive $1,500. Persons who lost their income with effect from May 8, 2021 will receive $1,000. To apply, persons can copy and paste the link https://grants.social.gov.tt/ into their browser or mobile device.

Persons can also visit the Ministry’s website at www.social.gov.tt and click on COVID-19 Social Support. This link will be available on the website by Monday 24th May, 2021. The link can also be accessed on the Ministry’s social media platforms. Applicants are informed that once they are deemed eligible, applications will be processed accordingly.

The ISG is open to citizens and permanent residents of Trinidad and Tobago who do not have a NIS number, and were employed in the Bar, Gaming, Restaurant, Entertainment, Tourism and Spa Industry (hairdressers, barbers, nail technicians etc.) Persons who sell or offer for sale food or drink as a street vendor and retail establishments (In accordance with Public Health Ordinances) are also encouraged to apply.

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services further wishes to advise that all false and misleading information contained in the Income Support Grant application will be reported to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for their investigation and further action. Additionally, persons currently in receipt of grants from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services are not eligible to receive the Income Support Grant.

For enquiries, persons may contact the toll-free call centre at 800 – 1673, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Ministry’s website at social.gov.tt, or email [email protected]. The Ministry wishes to assure the public that it remains committed to bringing relief to those who have been negatively affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that no one is left behind as we begin to chart the road to recovery.