Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
In a time of economic downturn many non – governmental; community based and faith based organisations are anticipating diminishing sources of funding. The Digicel Foundation is providing these organisations with a way to continue to conceptualise and implement projects to benefit their various demographics through E.P.I.C- Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities.
Launched on March 15 at the Frank Porter Community Park in Dibe, the program encourages representatives of the organisations to put forward proposals in areas of education; health and sport for development; the refurbishment of computer labs; community outdoor and youth friendly spaces; community parks; pavilions; youth centres; renovation of sporting facilities such as basketball courts; football and cricket fields and assistance with medical clinics and libraries.
The site of the launch also represented the Foundation’s first project as they are set to refurbish the a community play park in the Dibe/ Belle Vue Dundonald Hill community which will be named after Frank Porter, author of the Republic Reader. Partners in the venture, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation will provide the labour and free maintenance to ensure the project’s sustainability. Commenting at the launch, Digicel Foundation’s CEO, Penny Gomez noted, “We will traverse the length and breadth of T&T and look for meaningful projects that enrich the lives of those in communities. We plan to make an injection of just under TT 1.1 million in projects with our sole purpose being to implement positive changes in our communities.”
The maximum sum to be awarded to deserving projects is US$5000 although projects exceeding that figure will be considered based on merit and at the discretion of the Foundation’s Approval Committee. Interested entities can obtain application forms and further information on Facebook at Digicel FoundationTT.
Other partners in this initiative include: Strictly FX, Rene Sound & Vision and the Community Transformation Committee.