The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) has embarked upon a Citizen Security Programme partially financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to reduce levels of crime and violence in Trinidad and Tobago. Specifically, the programme has been designed to address the most proximal and modifiable risk factors—firearms, juvenile delinquency and anti-social behaviour, child maltreatment and domestic violence—associated with varied forms of violence and crime in 22 communities.
The ICON Fund has been established to facilitate micro-projects aimed at improving the life, safety and security of the community. It supports the development of innovative ideas and strategies in the field of community based crime and violence prevention. This fund will direct resources to activities and projects which strengthen communities to address some of the risk factors of vulnerable youth who are at risk of being drawn into delinquent or illicit activities, gangs or other criminal enterprises. Creative projects that strengthen community protective factors or assets through inspiring confidence, pride and self-esteem in young people will also be encouraged.
- participants are registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs), Sporting Organisations and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Applicants may partner with private sector groups, schools or apply jointly with another NGO/CSO.
- Eligible projects should be innovative, must have a preventive approach, and must promote empowerment and ownership of the most vulnerable local communities through their active participation in project decision-making and implementation. The projects will serve as case studies to garner experiences and lessons learnt to incorporate as potential best practices.
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