Tuesday 25 September, 2018

19 public grants available to T&T citizens

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services has listed a range of public grants and funding available to Trinidad and Tobago citizens.

The available grants are as follows:

1. Disaster Relief

Disaster relief is provided to victims whose items were destroyed beyond use due to natural or man-made disasters.

Claims must be validated by one of the Ministry’s Disaster and Needs Assessment Officers

The following items can be replaced based on need:

- Bed (with mattress)

- Mattress

- Living room set

- Dining room set

- Chest of drawers

- Washing machine

- Wardrobe

- Stove

- Kitchen cupboard

- Refrigerator

- Food

The Ministry says support will be given where food items were destroyed.

2. Public Assistance  (various amounts)

The Public Assistance Grant is provided to meet the needs of persons where the household income is deemed inadequate.

Such a person may include:

- an individual 18 years and over, who is certified by a government

Medical Officer as unable to earn a living due to physical or mental disability

- a person receiving Senior Citizens’ Pension, whose spouse is 55 years and over and unemployed, or, whose spouse is under 55   years but unable to work due to physical or mental disability

- an individual whose deceased spouse received Senior Citizens‘  Pension and Public Assistance

- a single parent who is unable to earn a living due to caring for a child with a severe physical or mental disability

- a parent, guardian or custodian on behalf of a child with a severe physical or mental disability

- on behalf of a child whose parent is hospitalized; deceased; imprisoned; or has abandoned the family and does not provide support despite there being an application/order for maintenance

- a spouse of an imprisoned person who is unable to earn a living   due to caring for a child of the family

Required Application Documents: Birth Certificate and/or Affidavit, I.D. Card, Bank Passbook/Recent Bank Statement, Marriage Certificate (where applicable), Child’s birth certificate (where applicable), Death Certificate (where applicable), other documents relevant to the application.

3. Pension ($3,500 maximum)

Persons over the age of 65 can apply for this grant.

Applicants must have lived in Trinidad and Tobago for twenty years preceding the date of application. Any periods of absence must not exceed five years during this stipulated 20-year period. Alternatively, citizens must have lived for fifty years in total in Trinidad and Tobago. (Note: These 50 years do not need to be consecutive).

Applicants must not have income exceeding TT$4,500.00 per month 

General Assistance Grants

This provides various grants offering temporary assistance to persons in crisis and emergency situations, including persons who are victis of natural or man-made disasters.

Grants which fall under this area:

4. Clothing Grant ($1,000 per family member)

Provides assistance to victims of disaster to purchase essential items of clothing.

Applicants can access this grant only once every two years.

This grant is limited to the number of persons living  in the household.

Requirements: ID Card, estimate from supplier, Fire/Police Report

5. Dietary Grant ($600 per month per person)applicants 

This grant assists clients who suffer illnesses which require special diets, for example, renal patients and clients with  uncontrolled diabetes.

It is only offered where the person has to purchase food and other such items that are outside of what they would normally  buy and where they are unable to meet the cost of these items.

This service is only extended to persons who are on grants of the  Ministry of Social Development and Family Services.

It is made on a continuous basis as prescribed by a medical practitioner.

Requirements: ID Card, letter from hospital nutritionist, list of expenses

6. Domestic Help Grant (up to $1,800)

This grant facilitates the provision of part-time domestic help for three months in the first instance but not more than six months if deemed necessary, to clients who are unable to perform normal household chores, for example, whilst recuperating from surgery, and are unable to afford the cost of  domestic assistance.

Requirements: ID Card of the Care Giver, Letter from Care Giver stating willingness to provide the service, supporting medical report.

7. Education Grant ($500 per month per child)

This grant is intended to assist secondary school students where the Public Assistance and/or the Food Card is the only source of income in the household and where they are unable to meet the  varying cost associated with the following:

Transportation (Where there is no public transportation system available)

Any special needs associated with school attendance where government agencies are not already providing such assistance. The Ministry says such needs must be verified.

Requirements: ID Card of applicant, proof of enrolment (POE) (The POE Form will be issued by the Social Welfare Office).

8. Funeral Grant (up to $7,000)

This grant is intended to assist with burial costs for citizens where there is no one able to pay for burial costs.

It can be issued to needy families of the deceased  in two ways:

1)  In instances before the funeral takes place and accompanied by the appropriate documents to support the claims (death certificate; funeral home estimate) OR

2)  As a reimbursement for the costs incurred for burials undertaken within three months following death.

The Ministry says claims must be justifiable and accompanied by the appropriate supporting    documents (death certificate; bills outlining expenditure).

Requirements: Applicant’s ID Card, death certificate, funeral home estimates/bills. The applicant may also need to complete a form issued by the Social Welfare Office in respect of National Insurance

9. Household Items ($6,000 generally or $10,000 disaster only)

This grant can be accessed by needy persons and by those who are victims of man-made or natural disasters to purchase  household items such as stoves, refrigerators and furniture  items.

It can be accessed only once in a three year period.

Requirements: ID Card, estimate for furniture, official report/letter (e.g. from the Fire Services or Regional Corporation)

10. Medical Equipment Grant ($7,500)

Under this grant, needy persons can qualify for wheelchairs, commodes, special beds, dentures, etc.

Requirements: ID Card, estimate from supplier, medical records

11. Pharmaceutical Grant ($2,500)

 This grant is provided for the purchase of prescriptive  medication only if drugs are not available under the C-DAP  Programme or at the Public Dispensaries.

Eligible persons are allowed a three month supply which is given once per year.

Requirements: ID Card, prescription issued at a government clinic/hospital, quote for medicine from a pharmacy where it is not available at the government clinic/hospital, other documents as requested

12. Rental Assistance (up to $2,500 per month for first three months)

This grant is used to assist vulnerable clients who are temporarily unable to pay their rent, or who need new accommodation and are unable to meet initial payments.

Persons who benefit from this grant are usually on the verge of eviction, fire victims and victims of domestic violence.

This grant is given for three months in the first instance and is  reviewable as follows:  

1st three month period  -  Up to $2,500.00 for three months, then reviewed               

2nd three month period - Up to $2,500.00 for three months, then reviewed  

3rd three month period - Up to $1,500.00 for three months, then reviewed  

4th three month period - Up to $1,000.00 for three months.

13. School Supplies Grant ($700 for primary school students, $1,000 for secondary school students)

This grant is intended to assist children who are attending primary and secondary schools whose books/uniforms were destroyed by natural or man-made disasters.

Requirements: ID Card, estimate from supplier, Fire/Police report

Special Child Grant ($1,100 per month)

This grant targets children with a severe disorder. It provides assistance to parents who are unable to meet the financial cost  of caring for a special child. The grant can be accessed for children under the age of (18) eighteen and is given for a one year period, followed by a review to determine continuation.

A  child on whose behalf Public Assistance is paid will not be  eligible for this grant.

Requirements:   I.D. Card (of applicant), Child’s birth certificate, Bank Passbook/Recent Bank Statement, other documents relevant to the application.

14. Prosthetics (up to $40,000)

This grant is aimed at rehabilitation and social re-integration, and by extension improve the quality of life, of persons who lost a limb.

Before applying for this grant, the Ministry of Health must do an assessment to determine if the person needs a prosthesis and  will be able to use it. 

Requirements: ID card, evidence of address, quote from provider, assessment from the Ministry of Health

15. Food cards ($410, $550, $700)

The Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, also known as the Food Card, is a short-term food assistance and development programme aimed at providing social protection, by promoting nutritional and food security to vulnerable households.

The programme targets families in need and other vulnerable persons who experience difficulty in meeting their daily nutritional requirements due to limited or no income. 

Eligibility is determined by using a means test administered by officers of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services.   Officers are also required to make visits to verify the information provided.

Income and expenditure verification must be provided for the applicant and each member of the applicant’s household (a  person sharing the same dwelling and having at least one meal together a day).

Requirements: ID card, applicant’s birth certificate with the Personal Identification Number (PIN), birth certificates for all members of the applicant’s household, two (2) recent passport-sized photos, recent utility bill (telephone, electricity, water).

Recent documents, as listed below, must be provided where applicable: - Personal declaration of income - Recent cheque stub from Social Assistance Grants (e.g.    Disability)  Assistance Grant, Public Assistance Grant, Senior Citizens’   Pension, if applicable - Job letters, pay slips and NIS numbers, if employed - Recent savings statement from a bank, credit union or other   financial institution such as the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust   Corporation - Rent receipt, if a tenant - Mortgage statement, if applicable - Proof of property rental, if a landlord - Land tax receipt, if a land owner.

16. Minor House Repairs ($15,000 generally, $20,000 disaster)

This grant is intended to assist persons in need of materials and/or labour for roof repairs and other minor structural repairs to their homes.

This facility is NOT provided for commercial enterprises.

Preference will be given to:

- Applicants whose total household income is less than $6,000.00 per month

- Applicants who are pensioners or recipients of Public Assistance

- Applicants suffering from a disability as recommended by the    Disability Affairs Unit

- Referrals from various divisions within the Ministry which includes but not limited to: TT Card, Social Welfare Division, etc.

Requirements:   I.D. Card, ID, copy of deed/deed of comfort, utility bill, job letter, estimate from hardware, other documents if required

17. Sanitary Plumbing ($15,000 max)

This grant is intended to assist persons in need of materials and/or labour for the installation of or repairs to sanitary plumbing in their homes. This facility is NOT provided for commercial enterprises.

Preference will be given to:

- Applicants whose total household income is less than $6,000.00 per month

- Applicants who are pensioners or recipients of Public Assistance

- Applicants suffering from a disability as recommended by the Disability Affairs Unit

- Referrals from various divisions within the Ministry which includes but not limited to: TT Card, Social Welfare Division, etc.

Requirements:  I.D. Card, ID, copy of deed/deed of comfort, utility bill, job letter, estimate from hardware, other documents if required

18. Electrical House Wiring ($25,000 max)

This grant is intended to assist persons with materials and/or labour for electrical wiring to their homes. Community facilities may also benefit.

Successful applicants receive one-time assistance with materials and/or labour.

There are three categories: 

1. First Time Wiring – (a) Instances where persons have been occupying a home that has never been wired (b) New Construction; 

2. Rewiring – Instances where existing electrical wiring is old and faulty and may pose fire risks; 

3. Materials Only Assistance – Assistance is offered with materials only for first-time wiring and rewiring at the Ministry’s discretion, having assessed the particular circumstances.

This facility is NOT provided for commercial enterprises.

Preference will be given to:

- Applicants whose total household income is less than $6,000.00 per month

- Applicants who are pensioners or recipients of Public Assistance

- Applicants suffering from a disability as recommended by the Disability Affairs Unit

- Referrals from various divisions within the Ministry which includes but not limited to: TT Card, Social Welfare Division, etc.

Requirements:   ID, copy of deed/deed of comfort, utility bill, job letter, estimate from hardware, other documents if required

19. SEED Grant ($15,000 max)

The Sowing Empowerment Through Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) grant provides assistance to persons receiving Public Assistance or other benefits from the Ministry who are capable and willing to undertake a small business venture or engage in skills training.

Requirements: Must be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, 18 years and over, ID, other documents if required

*This grant is currently under review, however, the Ministry said although it is not accepting any new applications at this time, applications already submitted will still be processed.

 

For more information contact the Ministry's Board offices as follows:

Hotline: 800-1MSD (1673)

MTS Plaza, Aranguez Road, Aranguez

623-2608 Ext. 1602 - 1607

107 Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna (opposite Royal Castle)

623-2608 Ext. 1702 - 1714

Eleanore Street, Chaguanas

623-2608 Ext. 2102 - 2107 and 6200 - 6203

Siparia Administrative Complex, Corner Allies and High Street, Siparia

649-2428 or 649-1942

11 Richardson Street, Mahaica, Pt. Fortin

623-2608 Ext 2630-2640 and 6000 - 6003

Tam Building, Glen Road, Scarborough, Tobago

639-2673

Lot 11 Naparima Mayaro Road, Rio Claro

623-2608 Ext. 2502 - 2507

Omardeen Building, 59-61 Cipero Street, Gooding Village, San Fernando

623-2608 Ext. 2302 - 2322

Marlsons Building, 97 High Street, Princes Town

623-2608 Ext. 2402 - 2408 & 6500 - 6503

Corner Richmond and Duke Street, Port of Spain

623-2608 Ext. 1000 - 1004 & 5900 - 5903

Corner Savi Street and Boodooville Circular, Sangre Grande

623-2608 Ext 1902 - 1908 and 1950 - 1951

Or the Ministry's Head Office:

CL Financial Building, 39-43 St. Vincent Street

Port of Spain.

Tel: 623-2608 

Fax: 623-8496 

Website: www.social.gov.tt           

 

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