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Community Education Programme (CEP)

Basket of Funding Products (BOFP)
Rationale: A poverty alleviation program that provides organizations and communities with grants to implement projects which improve the economic and social well-being of a community as a collective unit. Funding is made available to groups and communities which implement projects that seek to combat poverty and support individuals and communities in becoming self sufficient.

The program is made up of the following components:

  1. The Small Grant Programme
    This provides seed funding and small grants to groups and communities undertaking one-off activities in the fight against poverty. These projects are usually of a short duration; 3 to 6 months and can include capacity building and skills development for members of a community/group, as well as small infrastructure projects.
  2. Project Funding for Poverty  Alleviation
    This provides groups, organizations and communities with grant funding to implement projects aimed at alleviating poverty in communities. These projects are geared towards the sustainability of post project interventions designed to assist with economic and social transformation, at the individual and community levels, and are generally of a longer duration; 12 to 18 months.
  3. Partnership Funding
    This program encourages collaborative funding arrangements between private and/or public sector agencies, addressing poverty which will in turn enable larger and more aggressive poverty alleviation projects to be actualized. As part of this initiative, the Community Development Fund (CDF) is prepared to absorb up to 50% of the total project cost, and is willing to act as a broker for the remaining 50%.
  4. Special Initiatives
    These initiatives are of a religious, social or cultural nature and must contribute to poverty alleviation at the community level. These are usually short, and one-off events which seek to bring members of the community together. CDF has a history of providing, and will continue to provide funding to communities and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who undertake such meritorious activities.

Target Audience: Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-based Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Non Profit Organizations and communities. To access the BOFP, the beneficiary communities/groups, must be poor, needy, disadvantaged and/or rural.

Requirements to Access Service: Interested organizations/ communities should complete and submit application forms online or manually. Applications are reviewed by a technical committee and are subject to field visits for the purpose of community assessment, after which a recommendation is submitted to the Steering Committee for consideration. Upon project approval by the Steering Committee, the group must attend a pre-implementation workshop in keeping with CDF policy. The CVs serve as liaison between CSOs and CDF.

Community Volunteer Programme (CVP)
Rationale: To provide an enabling environment that efficiently and effectively delivers to civil society programmes and services that address poverty alleviation and support community development. The Community Volunteers (CVs) would work closely with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), to identify and design projects for consideration by the CDF. In Addition, through training, the CVs are able to provide the first line of technical assistance and institutional strengthening support to the CSOs on behalf of the CDF.

Target Audience:  Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-based Organizations, Community-based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and Not-For-Profit or Non-Profit Organizations.

Requirements to Access Service: Interested organizations/ communities should call or write to CDF requesting the support/services of the CVP.

Community Enhancement and Regeneration Programme (CERP)
Rationale: Using a collaborative approach involving civil society, private sector, and state entities to provide a flexible response to community enhancement and human development, targeting the poor and needy and to directly intervene into small and depressed communities using a multi-sectoral, trans-disciplinary and holistic approach to deliver basic social services, economic development and infrastructure to the poor and needy.

Target Audience:  Poor, needy disadvantaged, rural and depressed communities, and community groups in poor and needy areas.

Requirements to Access Service: Interested organizations/ communities should submit to the CDF a short project profile which includes:

  1. Community profile,
  2. Project background and context,
  3. Problem/situations to be addressed,
  4. Aim/purpose of the project,
  5. Objectives/Goals of the project,
  6. Strategies for achieving projects objectives/goals/results,
  7. Project sustainability,
  8. Indicative budget,
  9. Indicative project implementation plan.

Applications are reviewed by a technical committee and are subject to field visits for the purpose of community assessment, after which a recommendation is submitted by the committee to the Steering Committee for consideration. Upon project approval by the Steering Committee, the group must attend a pre-implementation workshop in keeping with CDF policy.

Infrastructural Projects for Poverty Alleviation (IPPA)
Rationale: To partner with communities to build and/or improve infrastructure and facilities that will address basic needs and improve social standards within the community.

Funding will be provided for use in the three (3) areas listed below;

  1. Infrastructure projects requested by the community for use in developing and/or improving the Community.
  2. Infrastructure projects implemented in collaboration with other state agencies.
  3. Requests submitted as a result of emergencies and disasters that address community needs.

Target Audience: Poor, needy, rural, disadvantaged or depressed communities.
 
Requirements to Access Service: Interested organizations/ communities should submit a request for this service Applications are reviewed by a technical committee and are subject to field visits for the purpose of community assessment, after which a recommendation is submitted to the Steering Committee for consideration. Upon project approval by the Steering Committee, the group must attend a pre-implementation workshop in keeping with CDF policy.

The Organizational Development Programme (ODP)
Rationale: To provide institutional strengthening and capacity building of community organizations and agencies involved in poverty alleviation and to build the capacity of organizations to access new technology and information and other requisite skills thus ensuring a development of coping mechanisms and strategies in order to operate as  sustainable entities in an ever changing environment.

It comprises three (3) main components;

  1. Institutional strengthening and capacity building of Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and groups.
  2. Technical Assistance to NGOs, CBOs, and other CSOs.
  3. Attachment and study tour for members of CSOs.

The key characteristics of the programme include:

  • The provision of short term training courses for CSO personnel.
  • The provision of specialized training programmes.
  • The provision of technical support in the form of occasional consulting services to organizations.
  • Support for seminars, conferences and small scale research projects.
  • The provision of technical assistance to cultural practitioner organizations, particularly those of the Steel band, Calypso, Chutney, and Carnival Fraternities.
  • Impact assessment of training programmes.

Target Audience: Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Civil Society Groups and Not-for-Profit or Non-Profit Organizations.

Requirements to Access Service: Interested organizations/communities should submit a written request for support from the CDF. The request should include:

  1. A profile of the organization,
  2. History of the organization's involvement in poverty alleviation/community work,
  3. What support is required,
  4. State how is that support going to contribute to the organizations work with respect to poverty alleviation,
  5. Projected cost for the support.

Applications are reviewed by a technical committee and are subject to field visits for the purpose of community assessment, after which a recommendation is submitted to the Steering Committee for consideration.

CDF Management Information Systems - Community Network (COMNETT.TT)
Rationale: To provide website presence and space to community organizations that address poverty alleviation and supports community development through the development and improvement of portals (websites and internet) to meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders.

Target Audience: Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and Not-for-Profit or Non-Profit Organizations, and rural, poor, needy, depressed and/or disadvantaged communities.

Requirements to Access Service: Interested organizations/ communities should complete and submit a request for this service.  Applications are reviewed by a technical committee and are subject to field visits for the purpose of community assessment, after which a recommendation is submitted by the committee to the Steering Committee for consideration.

The National Organizational Mentoring Programme (NOMP)
Rationale: To partner professional and skilled persons with groups to strengthen the capacity and capabilities of said groups, and to empower communities, aid in improved management systems, improve technical skills and increase income generation, thus preceding the successful implementation of poverty alleviation and community development initiatives.

Target Audience: Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Not-for-Profit or Non-Profit Organizations and professional and/or skilled persons.

Requirements to Access Service: Interested organizations/ communities should submit a request for this service. Applications are reviewed by a technical committee and are subject to field visits for the purpose of community assessment, after which a recommendation is submitted for consideration.

Contact Information:

Head office
Level 4 Capital Plaza
11-13 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad
Phone: 627-3646, 627-3650, 623-9161
Fax: 627-3631

Tobago Office
2nd Floor West
Ansa Mc Al Building
Milford Road
Scarborough
Tobago
Phone: 635-0130
Fax: 635-0130

Email: secretariat@cdf.gov.tt
Website: www.cdf.gov.tt

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