25 community projects approved for EPIC funding
Photo: Strategic Project Officer at Digicel Foundation, Alicia Hospedales (3rd from right) met with members of the 14 ¼ mile Penal Rock Road/Moruga Community Council. This community group applied for funding to install a children’s playpark in their rural community. Photo courtesy the Digicel Foundation.
Digicel Foundation’s EPIC programme continues to provide much-needed help to communities during the COVID-19 period, with 25 projects receiving $35,000 grants this year.
The Foundation said in a statement issued July 8, 2020, that 25 new community projects were approved to receive $35,000 each in funding to implement projects to uplift local communities.
The recipients include community-based organisations, faith-based organisations and other non-profit organisations who applied earlier this year for the EPIC programme to implement indoor or outdoor community projects.
Digicel Foundation CEO, Penny Gomez said a total of 178 applications were received this year.
‘We received 178 applications this year for EPIC funding. It proves that in spite of the darkness of COVID, community groups remain steadfast in their quest to empower, support and positively impact the lives of others.’
The Foundation said it is ‘thrilled and ready to collaborate with these new partners to fund their initiatives, and will be revealing the new EPIC partners as the month of July progresses’.
The Foundation said joining the list of EPIC partners this year will be dynamic groups such as the Mount St George Police Youth Club in Tobago.
The club will utilize their funding to continue refurbishment work to their club house which will help them to further engage the youth in the community.
In Trinidad, the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation and the Councillor for Maracas/Santa Margarita will be partnering with Upper Wharf Trace and WASA and to install a Water Tank Farm in the Maracas St Joseph community.
This will assist with alleviating water woes during shortages.
Another group, Is There Not a Cause (ITNAC) which has done work with the migrant population, also applied for funding to transform their learning space with the purchase of a Smart Board which will ultimately assist with the language barrier between teacher and student.
The Foundation said the 14 ¼ mile Penal Rock Road/Moruga Community Council, is looking forward to installing a children’s playpark in their rural community to ensure that the children have a space for recreational use.
Another group, the Serenity Place Empowerment Centre for Women, a drug rehab centre for women in Point Fortin, will use their funding for upgrades to their facility and to develop a communal dining space for the women at the centre.
Other groups such as Vitas House, St. Dorcas Home for the Aged, Second Baptist Empowerment Temple, Cashew Gardens and the Adult Education Department of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services were also shortlisted to receive funding for outstanding community initiatives.
Digicel Foundation is celebrating five years of EPIC moments this year.
To date, the Foundation has executed 80 projects throughout Trinidad and Tobago impacting 31,759 persons with an investment of TT$2.6 million.
The Foundation is hoping to reach 105 projects by March 2021.