Applications open for Cultural Relief Grant

Port-of-Spain: The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) is accepting applications for the Cultural Relief Grant from Friday July 10th, 2020.  The Grant, which was approved by Cabinet on July 2nd, 2020 as one of a suite of relief measures for persons in the creative industry, is a one-off payment of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) in financial assistance for artistes and creatives who lost income as a result of the necessary measures implemented due to the global pandemic, COVID -19.

Creatives and Artistes who are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and who have not received any other COVID-19 relief grants are eligible to apply.  The Cultural Relief Grant targets artistes and creatives who have been affected by cancelled exhibitions, classes, conferences, workshops and other cultural events between March and December, 2020. Creatives and Artistes must fall within the genres of Music, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Dance, Theatre Arts, Film, Craft and Fine Art. Applicants must also provide supporting documentation illustrating proof of Trinidad and Tobago citizenship, sustained activity within the respective genre of cultural enterprise over the period 2018-2020 and proof of loss of income between March-December 2020.   

Application forms along with guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available and can be downloaded from the MCDCA website . Physical forms will be available at MCDCA’s Offices at Jobco Building, 51-55 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, as well as all District Offices of the Community Development Division. (visit  for listing )

Guidelines for application and additional information can also be found on the MCDCA Facebook and Instagram pages. Queries can be made via email or phone to the MCDCA's Grants Secretariat during normal working hours at 225-(CDCA) 2322 ext. 5230/5226/5227/5228

Completed Cultural Relief Grant application forms and copies of the requisite supporting documents can either be submitted hard copy or via email. Physical applications should be addressed to the "Grants Department of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts" and deposited into labelled Cultural Relief Grant Submission Boxes at all Community Development Division District Offices or ground floor Nicholas Towers, 63-65 Independence Square, Port-of-Spain. Alternatively, completed application forms and scanned copies of relevant documents can be submitted via email to


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