The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts is pleased to advise that Cabinet has approved 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 global pandemic COVID -19. The grant is aimed at providing a measure of relief to artistes and creatives who have been affected by cancelled exhibitions, classes, conferences, workshops and other cultural events between March and December, 2020.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants should be:

  • Individuals involved in the Cultural Sector
  • Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Eighteen (18) years and over
  • Artistes in the areas of:
    • Music
    • Visual Arts
    • Literary Arts
    • Dance
    • Theatre Arts
    • Film
    • Craft
    • Fine Art
  • Persons who have not received any other COVID-19 related Salary Relief Government grant in Trinidad and Tobago.


The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) provides grants to Community-based, Faithbased, Cultural and other Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals, in support of projects that contribute to building the community, cultural, religious and creative sectors of Trinidad and Tobago. This is due to the strong conviction and evidence, that not-for-profit organizations and individuals play an important role in the building of resilient communities, and as keepers and propagators of our cultural heritage and art forms. Grant funding supports the active and innovative involvement of civil society in national development. It is provided to encourage local and individual initiative and creativity as distinct from public sector efforts. MCDCA grants should therefore not be viewed as a right, entitlement or indefinite source of project funding, but as a fillip to effective civil society action, and an incentive to innovative, independent fund raising and volunteering efforts.