The Freedom of Information Law, 2007 (FOI Law) gives the public the right to access information held by public authorities such as Cayman National Cultural Foundation. CNCF fully supports the implementation of this law and stands ready and willing to assist the public with their requests for information.
Below is basic information on the FOI Law, how to apply for information and the procedure we will use in processing applications for information. For a more complete review of the FOI Law, please visit the Freedom of Information Unit website.
The Freedom of Information Law gives people in Cayman and overseas access to a wide range of records held by a public authority but also provides exemptions for certain types of information such as personal information and certain commercial information. In some cases an exemption can be waived because of an overriding public interest in the information sought.
PROCEDURE CNCF will acknowledge the request within 10 calendar days after receiving it. A decision to release the information fully or partially, deny or defer the release of information, will be communicated to you within 30 calendar days after receipt of the request. If completing the procedure is going to take longer than 30 calendar days, for reasons allowed by the FOI Law, you will be notified that the deadline for a decision has been extended.
RIGHT OF APPEAL If you are unsatisfied with the decision, you have the right to appeal by requesting an Internal Review of the decision. CNCF Managing Director Marcia Muttoo, who is designated CNCF’s Chief Officer for Freedom Of Information purposes, conducts the Internal Review. If still unsatisfied with the decision of the Internal Review, the requestor has the right to appeal to the Freedom of Information Commissioner.
FEES The Freedom of Information Regulations prescribes certain fees for providing copies of records in various formats. Some sample fees:
- B&W photocopies - $1.00 per page
- Photographs 8.5 x 11 or smaller - $5.00
- Conversion of analog audio or video to MP3 or DivX – Hourly rate of staff undertaking the conversion plus cost of the CD or DVD
- Shipping - actual cost of shipping method chosen by applicant plus a preparation charge of $20.00
CLASSES OF INFORMATION HELD BY CNCF
- Staff HR records
- Financial & Accounting
- Business operations and plans
- Performance Agreement with Ministry of Education, Training, Youth, Sports & Culture
- Staff meeting minutes
- Board of Directors meeting minutes & resolutions
- Buildings & Vehicles
- Event plans & operations
- Marketing & Public Relations
- Photographs, Video & Audio recordings
HOW TO APPLY FOR INFORMATION
Requests for information MUST:
- Be submitted in writing and can be sent by post, fax, email or hand delivered.
- Have a name (real or fictitious) and address of the person making the request so that we can respond to the request.
You may use an application form or write the request in your own words. It is not necessary to give a reason why you are requesting the information or to mention the Freedom of Information Law. You may request to have records containing the information sent to you or to inspect the records at our office. You may also request to have the records sent to you in a specific format such as on a CD.
You may request expedited service to have the record produced within 10 calendar days, however you must show a compelling reason for expedited service. There is a $50 non-refundable fee for expedited service which is payable when submitting your application.
Send your request to the Information Manager. See Freedom of Information Contact for full address details.
Freedom of Information Contact
Email: [email protected]
Postal Address: PO Box 30201
Grand Cayman KY1-1201
Please note that the Disclosure Log is available upon request.
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