115 Unsponsored Steel Bands Receive funding for Carnival 2018


115 Unsponsored bands will receive cheques to assist them in their operations from today.  Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development Culture and the Arts presented Tobago’s cheques to Mr. Carlan Harewood Pan Trinbago representative from the Eastern Region due to the unavailability of the representative from Tobago.  Mr. Gerard Mendez of the Northern Region, Mr. David Balbosa from the South/Central Region and Mr. Keith Diaz, Pan Trinbago President were present for the short media conference held today  at the Ministry’s head office at Nicholas Tower, Port of Spain.


The total amount received is $1 342 500.00 and it is broken down as follows:


Region Type of Band Number of Bands Amount
Tobago Single and Conventional 10 $127, 500.00
South/ Central Conventional Bands 17 $255, 000.00
  Single Pan 9 $67, 500.00
North Conventional 17 $255, 000.00
  Single 21 $157, 500.00
East Conventional 23 $345, 000.00
  Single Pan 18 $135, 000.00
  TOTAL 115 $1,342, 500.00


All unsponsored bands can collect their cheques today between 11am-3pm at the Ministry’s Adult Education Centre, #1 La Fantaisie Road, St. Ann’s. Cheques that are not collected today can be collected at the Ministry’s Accounting Unit, JOBCO Building, 51-55 Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.