Full text of email to stipend recipients struck from the list, 17 March 2022

From: Stipend <Stipend@gov.ky>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2022 at 8:01 AM
Subject: Stipend for Displaced Tourism Workers

Good Morning,

We are following up on the previous email you received from us informing you that you were being removed as a recipient of the Displaced Tourism Employees Stipend.

Having received a number of pleas from individuals who are employed but are working far fewer hours than prior to the pandemic, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Hon. Chris Saunders has approved, with the support of Caucus, a new transitional programme for those re-entering the workforce.

As a newly employed former displaced tourism worker, you will automatically shift to the Tourism Recovery Grant programme. Under the grant programme, you will continue to receive payments for the next two months. You will receive CI$1,000 for the month of February and CI$750 in March 2022 to augment your income.

The Tourism Recovery Grant programme will be continuously re-evaluated as more and more formerly displaced hospitality industry employees return to work. As part of your enrollment in the grant programme, you will be asked to complete a survey in March to determine if your situation has changed or if you need continued support.

The Ministry team is working hard to process payments on Friday, 18 February. The payment date for March is not known at this time but will be shared with you closer to the date.

As a member of the Tourism Recovery Grant, you will also have first access to upcoming free training and certification programmes. More information will be shared in the coming weeks, but our goal is to offer programmes that will help you grow and flourish in the workforce.

Please remember that even after you transition through the Tourism Recovery Grant programme, financial assistance from the Cayman Islands Government remains available via other established channels if you qualify.

Individuals needing additional assistance to supplement their incomes can apply to the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU). The NAU is located at 55 South Church Street, 1st Floor Aqua Mall, George Town, Grand Cayman. The opening hours are from 8:30am to 4:00pm from Monday to Thursday. The offices are closed on Fridays. The phone number is 946-0024, and the email address is NAUInfo@gov.ky. District Days offer meeting opportunities in Bodden Town, West Bay, East End and North Side. The District Days schedule may be found at www.gov.ky/news/noticeboard. The NAU also offers information and online applications via its website www.nau.gov.ky.

Business owners requiring financial assistance for their tourism-related businesses may contact the Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development (CICBD). The CICBD is located at Bay Town Plaza, 36 West Bay Road in Grand Cayman. Individuals interested in making an appointment can call 244-3451 or 244-2498 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 926-5771, up to 10:00 p.m. The email address is cicbd@gov.ky.

Should you find yourself seeking a new job again, we encourage you to reach out to WORC for Job Seeker support. You can get more information and register online with the JobsCayman portal at www.worc.ky.

If you have any questions about the Tourism Recovery Grant programme, please contact us at stipend@gov.ky or 649-6932.

Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours.

Yours sincerely,

The Stipend Team
Ministry of Border Control and Labour