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Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Digicel Foundation awards these NGOs to advance their communities

Eighteen community-based organisations were recently awarded grants to empower them to further develop and facilitate the advancement of those with special needs. 

Digicel Foundation fostered the opportunity through its Extraordinary Project Impacting Communities (EPIC) programme which provides funding for developmental projects. The Foundation hosted a private ceremony announcing its 2019/2020 EPIC partners where it awarded each recipient with grant of US$5,000. Through EPIC, participating organisations will have the potential to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces and contribute toward the development of communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago. 

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With an investment of US$3.4 million over the past seven years, the Foundation has funded over 300 projects which have impacted on the lives of over 99,000 people. To date, 60 EPIC partners have implemented a variety of community projects.

They have supported the Caura community in their Tank Farm Project; the North Coast Sports Academy in their creation of an edible gaden and tourist site in the Las Cuevas community; the Barataria Community Council in offering its elderly citizens with free gym membership; and the young entrepreneurs behind WHYFarm in Siparia who have created a high-quality brand of dark and milk chocolates. 



Here are the 2019-2020 EPIC grant recipients: 

  1. Hillside Community Club (Curepe Community Centre Enhancement)
  2. The Immortelle Children's Centre for Special Education (Creation of Pan Room)
  3. Pan Jammers Steel Orchestra (Operation Renovate and Refurbish Pan Theatre)
  4. Office of the Councillor for Sangre Grande North East (Play Park at Marcay Oval)
  5. Tobago Council for Handicapped Children (Upgrade of Play Park)
  6. Purple Pine Foundation (Zero Waste and Community Garden and Composting Project)
  7. Ryo Dan Jodo (Ryo Dan Jodo Sports + Model)
  8. Hillside Community Club (Quarry Drive Community Centre Computer Lab)
  9. Brothers Road Empowerment Group (After School Youth Activity Centre)
  10. Morvant Central Community Council (Refurbishment of the Old Health Centre to be used as a Community Centre)
  11. Mobak Foundation (Gym equipment for the IMPACT Gym for young at-risk males)
  12. Beausejour Community Council (Creation of a reading room) 
  13. Vitas House Hospice (Building refurbishment) 
  14. Intense City Gym (Upgrade equipment)
  15. Farm Road Development Foundation (Basketball Court renovation and upgrade)
  16. Rotaract Club of Diego Martin (Illuminating a path to a sporting oasis) 
  17. Deaf Pioneers (IT/tech support for academic programmes for the deaf/hearing impaired)
  18. ALTA (printing student workbooks) 

For more information on how you can apply for EPIC funding or meet with a representative, contact them at digicelfoundationtt@digicelgroup.com, or postal mail at:

Digicel Foundation

ANSA Centre

11C Maraval Road

St. Clair

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