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Thursday, April 16, 2020 - Kingston, Jamaica

Applications for Compassionate Grants under the CARE Programme will close at 5:01pm today, April 16.

As at 2:00pm today, Thursday April 16, the CARE Programme received a total of 388,775 applications for the Compassionate Grant.

An application that is accepted by the WeCARE online platform and that generates a reference number, indicates that the TRN associated with the application is valid and it is consistent with the Date of Birth and name on the TRN database at Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).

Prior to payment of the Compassionate Grant, the following verifications are required: (i) the bank account submitted needs to be confirmed as a valid bank account in the name of the applicant, (ii) the applicant is not formally employed as verified by TAJ and (iii) the applicant has not applied for another benefit under the CARE Programme.

The CARE team must now begin the process of validating the applications for Compassionate Grants, in order to be able to make payments within 30 days.

The application window for other grants under the CARE Programme remains open. We are heartened by the overwhelming response to the CARE Programme thus far and to the Compassionate Grant, in particular, and will now to processing of applications for payment.

The CARE Programme is the Government of Jamaica's fiscal intervention programme designed to cushion the adverse economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on resident Jamaican individuals and small businesses.

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