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WEDNESDAY, JULY 08, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – As challenges and changes relating to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold, Community-Based Organisations, Faith-Based Organisations and other Non-Profit Organisations will have funding to help transform communities in Trinidad and Tobago.  Twenty-five new community projects were approved to receive TT$35,000 in funding from Digicel Foundation this year to implement extraordinary projects that will impact communities.

In April, the Digicel Foundation issued a ‘Call for Applications’ encouraging registered community groups to apply for the EPIC TT$35,000 grant to implement indoor or outdoor community projects. Digicel Foundation CEO, Penny Gomez shared, “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 Digicel Foundation 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.

Joining the list of EPIC partners this year will be dynamic groups such as; Mt. St George Police Youth Club. The Tobago-based 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. Over 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.

Is There Not a Cause (ITNAC) has in recent times advocated and done exceptional work with our migrant population. The NGO 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. 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. The Serenity Place Empowerment Centre for Women, a drug rehab centre for women in Pt 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 TT2.6 million.  The Foundation is hoping to reach 105 projects by March 2021.