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 McSwiggan and the Commissioners are: Miss Judy Moore , Mr Philip Bodman, Ms Teresa de Nobrega, and Dr Nick Paluch, Mr Bryan Pill and Mrs Margaret McGuiness. 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.
- The Commission requires charities that have not previously applied for funding, those that have applied but have either been unsuccessful or that have not received an award since the 2017 grant aid funding round to pre-register before being eligible to apply for funding in the 2020 funding round.
- Pre-registration ahead of the 2020 Grant Aid Funding round has now closed. Pre-registration ahead of the 2021 funding round will announced in due course.
- Pre-registration checks may take up to 4 weeks to complete.
- Charities will be advised of the outcome of the pre-registration checks and, where a charity is not successful, the Commission will give the charity reasons for its decision.
*UPDATED: Applications for Grant Aid Funding
- The 2020 Grant Aid Funding round has now closed. Applications had to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 19 July 2019. The Commission is unable to consider any applications received after the closing deadline.
- Charities applying for funding for 2020 will be notified of the Commission's decision between October 2019 and the end of January 2019.
- Applications are considered in the date order they are received, i.e. those applications received last will be considered last and so the charity is unlike to be notified of the outcome until January 2020.
- Where an award is made, the funding cannot be released until the Commission has completed its compliance checks have been completed.
- The Commission's decisions to support a particular project will be made in principle but will be subject to the recipient charity satisfactorily completing detailed compliance checks to ensure that charities it supports are not ones either being or at risk of being misused by terrorist organisations: to pose as legitimate entities; to exploit legitimate entities as conduits for terrorist financing, including for the purpose of escaping asset freezing measures; or to conceal or obscure the clandestine diversion of funds intended for legitimate purposes, but diverted for terrorist purposes.
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.