Guernsey charities have until 29 June to apply for Guernsey Community Foundation funding

June 8th, 2012 by Guernsey Community Foundation

Six local charities have benefitted from the Guernsey Community Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme.

Grants were awarded to:

The Maison St Pierre Trust (granted £2,300) Grant funds will be used towards the maintenance of the building, allowing current funds to be directed towards operational costs. The Home offers shelter and support for homeless women and their children who need accommodation for a variety of reasons, often have nowhere else to turn and may otherwise end up being homeless.

Carers Coming Together (granted £1,600) is one of the few organisations to actively support carers in Guernsey, providing much needed respite and support for those members of our community whose efforts so often go unrecognised. With the ageing population, support for carers will become more in demand and the Away Days currently provided by this organisation are already oversubscribed. With this grant it is hoped that the number of Away Days can be increased.

Guernsey Welfare Service (granted £1,561) Awarded funding towards transportation for their pre-school, which will allow children to attend who otherwise would not be able to. The pre-school offers low income families an opportunity for children to participate in services that other families take for granted.

Grow Limited (granted £1,550) The Panel was impressed with the achievements of the organisation over so many years, supporting socially excluded members of our community and keeping them in meaningful employment. The grant will help provide specialist equipment to enable smooth running of services.

Philippi Guernsey LBG (granted £1,500) provides vital counselling services which cover a range of issues and provide support to those who are not always able to access other professional services available. Their large client base means that they often work with some of the most socially excluded people in Guernsey. The grant will help to pay for running costs and towards meeting the ever increasing demand for these counselling services.

The Healing Music Trust (granted £1,500) The Panel was very impressed by the reach of the programme to so many beneficiaries and the wide variety of organisations involved, all of which greatly value the musical therapy on offer.

Thirty-five applications for funding were received altogether, with the sum of all requests totalling £230,776.

The successful applicants were shortlisted and confirmed by the Foundation’s grants panel which was led by Dave Warr, Vice-Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, supported by David Farrimond and Roy Le Hegarat who are both members of the Foundation’s Advisory Panel.

“We had an excellent response to the first quarter of our grants programme and it was an incredibly tough job for us to decide where the £10,000 should be awarded,” he said.

‘The process has highlighted some key things to us.”

“First, that there is a huge amount of work being undertaken in the area of social inclusion.”

“Second, that there is a significant need for additional funding across the sector.”

“And third, that there is clearly a lot of energy and enthusiasm which is driving many local charities to try to achieve more and more.”

“We are very pleased to be able to offer some additional funding to these charities to help them towards their goals. We have also been able to identify some key projects and organisations where funding was not awarded, but which we intend to offer support in other ways.”

The second cycle of the quarterly grants programme opens on Friday 1 June 2012 and closes on Friday 29 June 2012.

Further information can be found on the Foundation’s website.

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