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Financial Support for Home Improvement


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development offers an improvement programme designed to assist persons who wish to do improvement works to their home and need financial assistance.

The Home Improvement Grant offers a maximum of TT$15,000 and does not require a financial contribution from the homeowner. 

This programme provides financial grants and the money provided does not need to be repaid.

Residents of Tobago should apply to the Tobago Home Improvement Grant and Subsidy Programme, administered by the Tobago House of Assembly. Please follow the link in the Related Services section on the left of your screen for more information on the Tobago Home Improvement Grant and Subsidy Programme.”

  • Home Improvement Grant
  • How do I apply?
  • How are applicants selected?
  • What documents do I need?
  • When can I apply?
  • Where can I find more information?



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    Home Improvement Grant

    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development offers an improvement programme designed to assist persons who wish to do improvement works to their home and need financial assistance.

    The Home Improvement Grant offers a maximum of TT$15,000 and does not require a financial contribution from the homeowner. 

    This programme provides financial grants and the money provided does not need to be repaid.

    Residents of Tobago should apply to the Tobago Home Improvement Grant and Subsidy Programme, administered by the Tobago House of Assembly. Please follow the link in the Related Services section on the left of your screen for more information on the Tobago Home Improvement Grant and Subsidy Programme.

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    How do I apply?

    Persons seeking assistance through this Home Improvement programmes can submit an application to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development by: 

    • Filling out an online application via Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Website www.housing.gov.tt
    • Filling out an application form at any of the offices or agencies of the Ministry of Housing.
    • Downloading an application form for the IDB Home Improvement Grant using the link below.
    • Home Improvement Grant Application Form
    • Clipping or photocopying an application form from the newspaper.

    Completed application forms should be brought to a Ministry of Housing and Urban Development office.  You can access a list of office locations by following the "Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Contact Information" link below.

     

     

    Home Improvement Grant Application Form

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Information

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    How are applicants selected?

    A frequent computerized draw is performed where applicants meeting the criteria are randomly selected. Once selected, applicants are then processed:

    • A letter is sent requesting an interview.
    • An interview is held between the applicant(s) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. 
    • Interviewees are informed by mail whether their application was successful or unsuccessful.
    • An official of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development performs a site visit to ensure that the house requires repairs.
    • Recommended applicants are then contacted and must come to the Ministry to sign an agreement
    • Another site visit is performed and the first payment is released on the recommendation of the official.
    • Subsequent visits by the Ministry to assess repairs result in further disbursements.

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    What documents do I need?

    The following documents must be provided by those selected for an interview:

    • Copies of applicants Birth Certificate.
    • Copies of ID Cards or Passports of all applicants.
    • Copies of Marriage Certificate (if applicable).
    • Copy of Title Deed or Deed of Lease or any other proof of ownership or permission to occupy the property - e.g. rent receipts.
    • A recent pay slip and job letter (or an affidavit attesting to income for self-employed and other persons).
    • Proof of matching savings e.g. letter from financial institution (for Home Improvement Subsidy applicants only).
    • A statement of repairs and estimate of materials and labour required.

    Applicants must show proof of legal tenure by:

    • Providing a Deed or Certificate of Title in the applicant's name.
    • Where land is family owned, the applicant must show a letter of permission from the co-owners of the land.
    • If the land is rented, the applicant must show rent receipts in his or her name over a period of not less than five years.
    • Where the applicant is not renting the land on which the structure exists, he/she must have written permission from the owner of the property, as well as a copy of a Deed or Certificate of Title in the owner's name.

     

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    When can I apply?

    Application cycles are run periodically throughout the year. Application forms are printed in the daily newspapers at the beginning of each cycle. No applications will be accepted when the cycle period is closed.

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    Where can I find more information?

    For further information about the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development 's home improvement programmes, please visit the Ministry's website at the link below. 

     

    You may also contact the Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC) at (868) 623-HOME (4663).  All offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

     


    Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Information

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