The Network of Civil Society Organisations consists of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) that function at the local level in various communities. The Network is designed to disseminate information about social programmes and identify issues of poverty and vulnerability within communities in Trinidad and Tobago.
Organisations that are part of this network are able to share information, and access services and learning opportunities that allow them to increase their contribution to their communities. Members of the public can also access community services and information through the Network.
Only NGOs, CBOs and FBOs can join the Network of Civil Society Organisations. These groups must provide proof of status along with their application for membership.
To become a member of the Network of Civil Society Organisations, a membership application form should be obtained from the nearest EU Poverty Reduction Programme (EUPRP) Project Implementation Unit. A list of these offices can be found by following the link below. Completed forms should be delivered in person to the EUPRP Project Implementation Unit.
Once the application is submitted, it is considered by the Network and the membership application is either approved or rejected. A decision is usually made within one month and the applicant will receive an official letter of notification once the application is approved.
The following requirements must be met in order for membership to be granted:
A nominal membership fee is charged upon application according to the region in which the organisation is based. This fee is payable annually in order to maintain member status. A renewal notice will be sent to the member organisation by the network.
Individuals, as well as member and non-member organisations can access a variety of community services through the Network of Civil Society Organisations.
To be eligible for assistance, interested persons:
A Service Request Form should be obtained from the nearest EUPRP Project Implementation Unit. A link to a list of these locations is provided at the end of this section. Completed forms, stating the service required, should be delivered in person to the EUPRP Project Implementation Unit responsible for your region.
The request is reviewed and if the assessment is favourable a recommendation for approval is submitted to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services. Approval for a service request can be obtained within two months.
Planners, researchers, policy makers and other individuals and organisations requiring social statistics and information can request information from the network of civil society organisations.
To obtain information, individuals and groups must:
An Information Request form should be obtained from the nearest EUPRP Project Implementation Unit. A link to a list of these locations is provided at the end of this section. Completed forms, stating the information required, should be delivered in person to the nearest EUPRP Project Implementation Unit.
For more information about the Network of Civil Society Organisations please contact the EUPRP Project Implementation Unit responsible for your region using the link above.