Watch: Point Fortin Mayor launches digital COVID-19 grant
Point Fortin mayor Kennedy Richards Jr has partnered with WiPay to provide digital grants to those affected by COVID-19.
Point Fortin mayor Kennedy Richards Jr has launched a new cashless initiative to provide digital grants to burgesses in need and those affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with Loop News, the mayor said the corporation has partnered with WiPay to provide a safe and accessible means of help to those within the community who need it.
In January, a pilot project was launched introducing cashless transactions in Point Fortin in collaboration with WiPay, the Trinidad and Tobago International Finance Centre and the borough corporation.
The mayor said he recently reached out to the software company to determine what could be done to provide assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I reached out to those who would have done the cashless initiative (WiPay) and asked them what we could do. I wanted to be able to give assistance to those who are not covered by the government. Coming out of that, we basically came up with the idea to do the digital grant. How the digital grant works is, it is a digital coupon."
To access the grant, interested persons can sign up on the Point Fortin Borough Corporation's website. Once, approved they will receive a code via a text message.
The mayor posted a video to his Facebook account on April 21 explaining the process.
Mayor Richards has partnered with various corporate entities and businesses from within the community to help provide funding for these grants.
He said a donation was made to the corporation by Wayne Electronics, who contributed $20,000 to the relief effort.
Richards added that the first batch of payments were made last week; 10 members of the Point Fortin community were able to make purchases worth $500 at three supermarkets.
The mayor has received commendation for the initiative in the business community.
Speaking at a recent webinar AMCHAM CEO Nirad Tewarie congratulated the mayor on the "upward move."
"The country needs to begin doing business with an ease and also use more technology to make things run more efficent. For instance, the Point Fortin mayor has started the digital grants and we congratulate him for that upward move. This a direction the public sector especially should be heading."