The Overseas Aid & Development Commission distributes money provided by the States of Guernsey to charities undertaking development and humanitarian work in the world's least developed countries.
About the Overseas Aid & Development Commission
- On behalf of the States of Guernsey, the Commission is responsible for distributing funds voted by the States for aid and development overseas by making contributions to ongoing programmes and to emergency and disaster relief; developing programmes relating to the collection and distribution of funds involving the private sector and carrying out the duties and powers above in accordance with policies set out by the Policy Council.
- The Commission is a non-statutory, non-governmental body. The Commission's President is Deputy Emilie Yerby and the Commissioners are: Mr. Tim Peet MBE, Mr. Steve Mauger, Mr. Philip Bodman, Ms. Teresa de Nobrega, Miss Judy Moore and Dr Nick Paluch. The Commission publishes an annual report setting out details of the awards made and providing an update on the various projects its has supported. Copies of past annual reports can be download from this site.
- Each year the Commission invites any charity registered in the British Isles to apply for funding of up to £40,000 for a specific and sustainable project in one of the world's least developed countries.
- If you wish to be added to the Commission's email list to receive any updates on the Grant Aid scheme please click here.
Applications for 2017 Grant Aid Funding
- As a general rule, the Commission will give priority for funding to countries in the lowest quartile of the UN Human Development Index. Where the country is not in this lowest quartile, the Commission is will require the charity to set out why there are exceptional reasons to support this project over one in a less developed country.
- The Commission does not provide Grant Aid as a core funding of the charity's administration or day-to-day operation, nor salaries of staff employed by the charity including any staff who may be working on the project either in the local area or within the charity's organisational basis, staff training or development or towards the costs of running or attending seminars or conferences.
- When deciding which projects should be funded, the Commission reviews all the applications and, where the application has satisfied the general application procedure, the projects are assessed against the above general criteria. A clear budget detailing how the funding will be spent is a key part of every application.
- Please read the Commission's guidelines carefully before submitting an application.
- Applications for Grant Aid funding for 2017 can now be made by following this link: https://eforms.gov.gg/showForm.asp?nc=W7HH&fm_fid=64.
- All applications must be submitted no later than 12 noon on Friday 25 November 2016.
- The maximum threshold for a Grant Aid award is £40,000; full details of how to apply are set out in the attached guidance notes.
- Charities applying for grant aid funding in 2017 will be advised in writing of the outcome of their request between January and April 2017.
- N.B. The Commission considers applications for funding in the date order in which they are received.
- When applications for 2017 Grant Aid awards are open, a link to the on-line application form will be provided on this page.
Disaster and Emergency Relief Awards
- The Commission's general policy in respect of Emergency and Disaster Relief awards is to support appeals launched by the UK Disasters Emergency Committee (the DEC) following a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. The Commission will exceptionally consider applications from individual charities for awards in response to non-DEC led disasters following a catastrophic natural disaster where the day-to-day patterns of life are suddenly disrupted and the population requires supplies of basic food, shelter and medical supplies to protect them in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Charities applying for an exceptional award are strongly advised to read the Commission's guidance notes and to contact the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting an application
- Disaster emergency aid funding will normally be used to provide water, sanitation, emergency shelter, medical services and emergency feeding programmes to disaster affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and to assist in getting emergency supplies within the areas affected by the disaster. Awards will be to a maximum of £50,000 per disaster or emergency. The application must set out how the charity proposes to use the funding requested and the budget must show what items will be purchased and in what quantity.