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Thursday 13 August, 2020

Artistes and creatives to get $5000 relief grant for lost income

People in the creative and cultural sector can now apply for a grant of $5000 to offset income lost due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, in a release, said Cabinet has approved the one-off payment for artistes and creatives to providing a measure of relief for income lost due to cancelled exhibitions, classes, conferences, workshops and other cultural events between March and December 2020.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants should be:

• Individuals involved in the Cultural Sector

• Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago

• Eighteen years and over

• Artistes in the areas of: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Fine Arts, Craft

• Persons who have not received any other COVID-19 related Salary Relief Government grant in Trinidad and Tobago.

"To further assist our artistes and creatives, the rental cost of the national performance spaces under the remit of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts will be reduced by 50 percent until December 2020," the Ministry said.

Venues include the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, Queen’s Hall and Naparima Bowl.

Cultural Relief Grant Application forms will be available nationwide from next week- further information will be made available to the public on where these can be accessed. The list of supporting documentation required for application will be posted on the Ministry's website and FB page.

Queries can be made to communications_cdca@gov.tt or persons can contact the MCDCA's Grants Secretariat at 225-2322 ext. 5230/5226/5227/5228.


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