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Charitable funding applications open for small grants programme

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Tuesday 19 March 2024

The Social Investment Fund (SIF)'s Small Grants Programme is open for applications for 2024 funding, aimed at assisting charities and non-profit organisations that support Bailiwick residents.

Since the programme was launched in 2021, 76 small grants have been awarded totalling over £829,000.

Applications are open to registered charities or NPOs operating within, or to benefit, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and applications should be focused on people in our community, on the services and support they need, or are of benefit to our community.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to put towards

one-off projects, capital expenses, or running costs of up to a year's duration. Applications for salary costs within specific projects, usually of up to one year's duration, will be considered and any other salary costs may be considered on an exceptional basis for no more than one year.

In 2023, 29 charities received a total of £320,513, across a wide range of causes.

Citizens Advice Guernsey received £19,434 towards their IT platform and fees, to enable accurate records to be kept securely and advisors to work effectively from the office or home; Les Voies Parent Teacher Friend Association was awarded £20,196 towards providing school lunches for one school year; and a further substantial grant of £19,075 was awarded to Guernsey Boxing Club towards equipment for ladies' sessions, exhibition shows and essential roof repairs.

Alderney organisations also benefited, with Alderney Broadcasting Company LBG receiving a grant of £10,000 towards replacement software and equipment, and Alderney Bird Observatory being awarded £2,500 towards running costs for one year.

£10,000 was awarded to the Guernsey Eisteddfod for running costs, with £5,000 to the Offender Deposit Assistance Scheme towards lending rental deposits. The Cheshire Home received £12,500 towards utility costs and in Sark, the Sark Art Gallery and Museum was awarded a £5,000 match fund grant towards start-up costs.

Sadie Siviter de Paucar, Lead Officer of the Social Investment Fund, said:

"This is our first round of small grants funding in 2024 and we encourage charities of any shape or size across the Bailiwick to apply for support. Small grants play an important role in helping charities with running or project costs that they might find difficult to fundraise for."

For this programme, SIF works with the Guernsey Community Foundation, which provides administrative support in coordinating applications.

Charities can complete and submit an application form online through SIF's grant application portal. Organisations can review full information about the grants programme, including the full list of recipients and a link to the application form at: https://sif.gg/grant-programmes/small-grants-programme. You can also contact the Guernsey Community Foundation on grants@foundation.gg or 259523 for any queries about the programme.

Completed applications must be received by 12pm on Wednesday 3rd April 2024.  

 

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