Guernsey Community Foundation awards grants to five charities

August 23rd, 2012 by Guernsey Community Foundation

Five Guernsey projects have benefitted from the second round of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme.

Drug Concern were granted £4,000 for its ‘Moving Parents and Children Together’ (MPACT) programme. The Panel was very impressed by the work of the programme and the development of the MPACT programme which would benefit families coping with the generational cycle of drug addiction. It was also very impressed with the dedication of the Drug Concern team in striving to establish this new programme.

Guernsey Marlins Special Swimmers Club were granted £2,500 for travel expenses and volunteer training. The panel was keen to support Guernsey Marlins Special Swimmers Club because it is the only charity on the island dedicated to helping disabled adults, who would not normally have the chance and confidence to learn to swim, to do so. For disabled people to also have the opportunity to compete in UK swimming competitions was seen as an added benefit and confidence booster.

Guernsey Arts Commission were granted £1,250 towards the Network Club. The Guernsey Arts Commission has already ‘built bridges’ by encouraging children from socially deprived backgrounds in housing estates to become engaged in the arts creating inclusive and creative endeavour. By supporting the Network Club to help it set-up, the Panel felt that that the Arts Commission could further support children through helping to fund a specialist drama facilitator and teacher.

Guernsey Island Amateur Athletics Club were granted £1,250 for equipment and travel expenses for disadvantaged young athletes. Guernsey Island Amateur Athletic Club is the only non-profit organisation on the island seeking to inspire and encourage socially excluded young people specifically into athletics. The Panel felt that the timing was right given the 2012 Olympics to inspire more young people into sport.

Caritas Community Charitable Trust were granted £1,000 for volunteer expenses for one year. The Panel was impressed with the dedication of Caritas Community Charitable Trust in helping disadvantaged young people.

Twenty-three applications for funding were received altogether, with the sum of all requests totalling £168,111. Funding requests were wide ranging including funding for staff costs, building repairs and refurbishment, play equipment, travel costs, minibus replacement and the purchase of wheelchairs.

After a difficult period of deliberation, the grants panel shortlisted 12 projects for consideration, finally agreeing on the five projects outlined above.

Dave Warr, Vice Chairman of the Guernsey Community Foundation and chair of the grants panel said “again, we received a large number of requests for funding for some really impressive community projects.”

“We have quickly realised that the demand for funding in the voluntary sector is still huge and we are pleased to be able to award funds to support the hard work that is being done every day in the community.”

Since awarding funds to six charities in the first quarter of the programme, the Guernsey Community Foundation has met with a number of organisations who were initially unsuccessful in securing funds and has been able to offer its support in other ways.

“It is very apparent that sometimes organisations need more than just money. They might need people with skills who can help them with specific tasks to support their development and we are pleased to have been able to match some really high calibre volunteers from the business community to these organisations through our Volunteer Matching Programme,” he said.

The next cycle of the quarterly grants programme opens on Saturday 1 September 2012.

Further information can be found on the Guernsey Community Foundation website.

Application forms will be available to download from the 1 September 2012.

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