The Social Investment Fund was established following an agreement by the States of Deliberation within the 2018 Budget Report.
The Social Investment Fund is a separately constituted body, acting as a States partner, which uses public and some private funds drawn from a variety of sources to invest in the charitable and third sector, helping to build greater partnership and joint working between the States and the charitable and third sector. Similar bodies have been set up in other jurisdictions as a way of developing and supporting the third sector work to deliver desired outcomes in an efficient and sustainable way.
The Social Investment Fund's primary purpose is to use funds to invest in the Bailiwick's charitable and community sector organisations.
Response to COVID-19
- The Social Investment Fund is currently coordinating the COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal to provide funds for charities which play a vital role in the Bailiwick's coronavirus response and those which have seen funding reduced because of the economic impact of the pandemic. So far, the Appeal has raised just over £400,000, with the Social Investment Fund pledging to match fund the amount raised pound for pound. Over £460,000 has already been distributed to charities affected by the crisis.
- To find out how to donate, please go to https://covid19.gov.gg/support/appeals or please contact the Social Investment Fund's Lead Officer, Sadie Siviter de Paucar by emailing Sadie.SiviterdePaucar@gov.gg or by calling 07839 239994 or 01481 717164.
- The Social Investment Fund has launched a new grants programme aimed at charities and non-profit organisations who support Bailiwick residents.
- Under the Small Grants Programme, applicants who qualify for help will get a grant of up to £25,000 to put towards one-off projects or ongoing expenses of a year's duration.
- The programme is funded using the Guernsey net proceeds of the Channel Islands Lottery.
- Until last year, lottery proceeds were distributed by the Association of Guernsey Charities. From now on the Social Investment Fund has linked with the Guernsey Community Foundation who will administer the new scheme. The Foundation have extensive experience in this area: as well as running their own grants programme for more than a decade, they administer grants on behalf of several private charitable trusts. The Foundation will process applications and check that everything is in order before the board of the Social Investment Fund makes the decision on which applications have been successful and who gets funding.
- Charities can complete and submit an application form electronically via the Foundation's website https://foundation.gg/grants/#SIF-small-grants which also contains full details on how to apply. You can also contact the Foundation's Grants Manager, Anna Le Page, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by Friday 26th February.
- Applications for the Major Grants Programme are now open for grants in excess of £25,000.
- The programme aims to target funding towards organisations and projects which are most needed within the Bailiwick. Applications should focus on people in our Bailiwick community, on the services and support they need and are of benefit to our community. They must demonstrate measurable impact against these wide outcomes:
- Improving the lives of people with specific needs, disadvantages or vulnerabilities.
- Employment, education or training opportunities.
- The protection of our natural environment, culture and heritage.
- Improved health and wellbeing for our community.
- Applications can be made by contacting SIF's Lead Officer, Sadie Siviter de Paucar by email on Sadie.SiviterdePaucar@gov.gg or by calling 07839 239994. Complete applications must be received by Friday 5th March. Further information can be found at https://www.sif.gg
- The Social Investment Fund is incorporated as an LBG and registered as a charity, managed by a Board of Directors, comprising three independent members and two States' representatives. In 2019 the Policy & Resources Committee appointed three independent members of the Social Investment Fund following an open and transparent recruitment process:
- Jurat Stephen Jones OBE, who also chairs the Social Investment Fund
- The Very Reverend Tim Barker, the Dean of Guernsey
- Susie Crowder
- For more detailed information on the establishment of the Social Investment Fund see Billet D'État XX of 2017 Resolution 29 of The States of Guernsey Annual Budget for 2018 and more recently Billet D'État VII States Meeting 18 March 2020.
- Any enquires can be directed to Sadie Siviter de Paucar, Lead Officer by emailing Sadie.SiviterdePaucar@gov.gg or calling 01481 717164 or 07839 239994.
Company number: 67587 Charity: CH638
Operational office: Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1FH
Registered office: Third Floor, Cambridge House, Le Truchot, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1WD