The Community Development Fund, Trinidad & Tobago

Community Development Fund 2011

Gov of Trinidad & Tobago

The Community Development Fund of the Ministry of Community Development, Trinidad & Tobago has awarded $4 million dollars in 2011 to various non-governmental organizations (NGO) in their efforts to address poverty at the community level.


The CDF Programme objectives are to assist in the delivery of community social services and infrastructure, to low income and disadvantaged sections of the population using non-governmental (NGOs) to strengthen and build the capacity of NGOs and other civil society organizations. The CDF is committed to supporting these organizations as they undertake poverty reduction interventions at the community level and strive to increase beneficiary participation in poverty alleviation initiatives.


The organizations benefiting from these grants represent communities in Trinidad and Tobago afflicted with a high level of poverty, or that are rural or in some way, disadvantaged. The initiatives forwarded by the CDF, seek to improve the lives of the populace, thereby promoting a better quality of life, not for specific individuals but for the community as a whole. Over the years CDF grants have been awarded to groups and communities involved in community skill development, community-based income generation activity, and community-based agricultural projects. This year's awardees include Cashew Gardens Community Council (Chaguanas), Parlatuvier Village Council (Tobago), Bethel Interest Group (Tobago), Missions International (Diego Martin), Sea Lots Action Committee (Port of Spain).


List of Groups and Projects:


·        Bethel Interest Group - Bethel Empowerment Skills Training Centre

·        Cashew Gardens Community Council  - Grow Box Cultivation

·        Clarke Rochard Sports Club  - Clarke Rochard Duck Production

·        Community Development Division, St. Patrick - Parenting in the 21st Century, Siparia

·        Community Development Division, St. Patrick - Let Your Light Shine, Morne Diablo

·        Eagles VTC - Professional Vocal Training

·        Hindu Prachar Kendra - Heritage, Performance and Service Learning

·       Institute for Gender Development Studies/Women Gender Water Network - 2011 Water for Life Vacation Camp for Children

·        Living Water Community - Vehicle for Ministry to the Poor and Underprivileged

·        Missions International  - Mobile Transportation

·        Moolchan Trace Community Centre  - Moolchan Trace Computer Education and Homework Centre

·        Network of Civil Society Organizations, Sangre Grande Region - Strategic Planning for NGOs and CBOs - Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building

·        Parlatuvier Village Council - Poverty Reduction and Creation of Sustainable Livelihoods

·        Railway Road Action Committee - Production and Processing of Herbs

·        Ravine Sable Village Council/Ravine Sable Women's Action Group - Agro-Development Project

·        Sea Lots Action Committee - Action Committee Agriculture Project

·        St. Patrick East Voluntary Brigade - Empowering Youth for Development with Music

·        The Social Justice Foundation - The Good News Media Project

·   The Tobago Cocoa Farmers Association - Research Facility to deal with Hybrid Production, Pest Infestation and Quality Control

·        Toco Old Boys & Old Girls Association - Indoor/Outdoor PA System

·        Wharf Trace Community Council - Homework Centre for Underprivileged Children

·        Youths on the Move - Homework Centre


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