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Charities Still Have Time To Apply For Small Grants Programme

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Monday 15 February 2021

The Social Investment Fund's new Small Grants Programme is aimed at charities and non-profit organisations who support Bailiwick residents.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th February so there is still plenty of time to put forward projects, activities or services which need funding.

Under the Small Grants Programme, applicants who meet the criteria 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 are administering the new scheme. 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.

Jurat Stephen Jones OBE, chair of the Social Investment Fund, said, "We've already received some worthy applications but know that more charities will need support so we encourage others to come forward to apply. The application process is straightforward and decisions on funding will be made swiftly, with decisions expected in March."

"The funding covers a wide range of areas to benefit people or activities in the Bailiwick of Guernsey," said Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Community Foundation. "Funding can support charities which assist people with specific needs, disadvantages or vulnerabilities; create employment, education or training opportunities; protect our natural environment, culture and heritage; improve the health and wellbeing of our community; or make our community a more inclusive place to live".

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 anna@foundation.gg

Complete applications must be received by Friday 26th February.

Applications for grants in excess of £25,000 can be made directly to the Social Investment Fund's Major Grants Programme, details can be found at www.sif.gg

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