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Micro-Enterprise and Training Grant

The Micro-Enterprise and Training grant is offered to needy persons who are interested in undertaking a small business venture or skills training.  This grant is intended to assist in empowering and transforming the lives of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, allowing greater self-sufficiency and financial independence.


An officer from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services is assigned to work with the recipient of the grant to ensure the success of the business.  On the island of Tobago and officer from the THA's Division of Health and Social Services executes this function.


The maximum amount of the grant is TT$5,000.00.  The grant is paid directly to the supplier or suppliers of the goods or services required to start the business.

Am I eligible?

To qualify for this grant you must be:

  • A needy person 18 years or over.
  • A national of Trinidad and Tobago who is interested in undertaking a small business venture or skills training and is unable to bear the cost.
  • A person earning at subsistence level or at the minimum wage.

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How do I apply?

To apply, you may visit an office of the Social Welfare Local Board in your district.  Contact information for all district offices can be found by following the link below.


Social Welfare Division Offices


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What documents do I need?

  • Identification card.
  • Invoice from the supplier or trainer.
  • Any other relevant documents requested by a social welfare officer.

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Where can I find more information?

For more information on how to apply for this grant and the eligibility criteria, please contact the Social Welfare Division office in your district.


Social Welfare Division Offices


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