The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) provides grants to Community-based, Faithbased, Cultural and other Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals, in support of projects that contribute to building the community, cultural, religious and creative sectors of Trinidad and Tobago. This is due to the strong conviction and evidence, that not-for-profit organizations and individuals play an important role in the building of resilient communities, and as keepers and propagators of our cultural heritage and art forms. Grant funding supports the active and innovative involvement of civil society in national development. It is provided to encourage local and individual initiative and creativity as distinct from public sector efforts. MCDCA grants should therefore not be viewed as a right, entitlement or indefinite source of project funding, but as a fillip to effective civil society action, and an incentive to innovative, independent fund raising and volunteering efforts.