The purpose of this grant is to provide low-income households with the necessary funding to undertake basic repairs and upgrades which will enhance their living conditions. The Ministry will provide a non-refundable grant of $15,000 to successful applicants.

Am I eligible for this grant?

1

Do I need to be a resident of Trinidad & Tobago?

Yes, all applicants must be resident citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
2

Are there income restrictions?

Yes, the total household income must not exceed TT$ 5,000 per month.
3

How old do I need to be, to be eligible?

The applicant must be at least 21 years old.
4

Can this grant be combined with others?

Applicant or other household member must not have previously benefited from the Ministry’s Grants or Subsidy Programs.
5

What else do I need?

The applicant must be able to show proof of land tenure.

For Proof of Land Tenure

1

Do I need a deed?

Yes, you need a Deed or Certificate of Title in the applicant’s name
2

What if the land is jointly owned?

You will need a signed letter of consent from co-owners, if land is jointly owned
3

What if the land is rented?

You will need rent receipts in the applicant’s name for a period of three consecutive years, if occupying rented land
4

What do I need if I am renting the land?

Written permission from legal owner, if applicant does not own or is renting the land, along with a copy of a Deed or Certificate of Title in the name of the owner(s), accompanied by a copy of the identification card of the owner(s)
5

If I am sqatting on the land, am eligible?

Yes, but you will a Certificate of Comfort, if applicant is squatting; or a Letter of Non-Objection from the Land Settlement Agency

Steps to Accessing a Home Improvement Grant

1

Where do I get an application?

Complete an application form via the Ministry’s website www.housing.gov.tt or at the Ministry’s office, located at 44-46 South Quay, Port of Spain.
2

What happens to my submitted application?

All applications are entered into the Ministry’s database and prospective applicants are selected via a modified random draw.
3

What's next for shortlisted applicants?

Shortlisted applicants are then invited to attend an assessment interview to determine the accuracy or truthfulness of their application.
4

What is reviewed in the application?

Supporting documents and a detailed estimate of the cost of repairs are reviewed.
5

If I am approved, what happens during the process?

A housing inspector from the Ministry will visit the applicant’s premises throughout the process to ensure that the approved work is being done in accordance with the legally signed agreement.
6

How are funds distributed?

Funds will be disbursed in two parts: 50% on commencement of project and the other 50% when half of the repairs have been satisfactorily completed.

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