Monday, April 6, 2020 - Kingston, Jamaica
In a matter of days the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS), will open the COVID-19 Allocation of Resources for Employees (“CARE”) Programme for applications. The CARE Programme will offer support to many Jamaica-based individuals and businesses affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, through a variety of grants. Ahead of the official launch, details of the CARE Programme were made available to the public via brochures that were inserted in newspapers across the country on Sunday, April 5, 2020.
The CARE Programme's Compassionate Grant is designed to provide a cash benefit to the unemployed and informally employed upon application through the CARE Programme’s mobile and online platform.
Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, said “We are concerned about the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the long term unemployed and on those with irregular or informal incomes. The CARE Programme’s Compassionate Grant has been designed to assist this group of Jamaicans during the Covid-19 pandemic. As long as you do not have a steady job you are eligible for this grant.”
Individuals will be required to provide their name, Tax Registration Number (TRN), date of birth and other information during the application process. Persons who apply for the Compassionate Grant will not be eligible to receive any other benefit under the CARE Programme, with the exception of the Covid-19 PATH Grant. Beneficiaries of the Compassionate Grant will receive a one-time grant of $10,000 paid directly to their bank account or to a remittance company of their choice.