Guernsey Community Foundation applications for grants accepted until 28 June 2013

June 11th, 2013 by Guernsey Community Foundation

Five Guernsey organisations have benefitted from the first round of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s 2013 Quarterly Grants Programme which focuses on capacity building, to improve the all-round capability of voluntary organisations supporting the local community.

Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association was awarded £3,500 to help extend services within the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Support for the costs of training will be offered to people working in dementia care in Alderney, and there are plans for HSSD health care professionals to give talks to carers and those affected by the condition.

Maison Saint Pierre received £1,490 for staff training. This will improve management and professional development within the organisation, helping it to fulfil its mission of providing support for some of the most vulnerable members of the community and their children towards achieving independent living.

The L’Vaïr Project is a new charity which aims to set up a community-based drop-in service for people with mental health problems, which will provide needed advice and support. The charity was granted £2,100 for training costs to help develop this service.

The L'vair project (left to right - Debbie Dorey, Selina Bichard and Kate Henning

(left to right) Debbie Dorey, Selina Bichard and Kate Henning of The L’vaïr Project at the Volunteering Expo in Market Square, St Peter Port on 8 June 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The charity Post Natal Depression Support Group was given £1,500 towards developing services for those suffering from the condition in the island. The grant will increase on-island expertise for the condition which will enable volunteers to give better support to sufferers and their families.

Home-Start Guernsey received a grant of £4,200 to cover the training of 12 new volunteers for the charity, whose services are being expanded to meet demand. The volunteers will become part of a team who offer tailor-made emotional and practical support to families and will enable the scheme to take on additional families.

Competition for funding was tough with applications received totalling over £134,000.

It is clear that organisations need support to develop their services and structure.

The Guernsey Community Foundation would be delighted to hear from anyone or any organisation that may be able to help provide additional funding in this respect.

The Foundation continues to meet with many organisations which were unsuccessful in securing funding to see how it can help in other ways, such as matching up volunteers and providing advice.

Dave Chilton of the Guernsey Community Foundation said “we have changed the emphasis for our grants programme from ‘social inclusion’ in 2012 to ‘capacity building’ in 2013.”

“Supporting organisations to develop or improve the delivery of their services can be achieved in a variety of ways such as formation of strategy, leadership and management, staffing and volunteers, infrastructure, training, fundraising, communications or working with other organisations to maximise the use of available resources,” he said.

“It is clear that by changing theme we have tapped into an area where funding is very much needed.”

The next cycle of the quarterly grants programme will see another £12,500 made available to voluntary organisations which need support to develop or improve their services.

The next round of the quarterly grants programme opens on Monday 3 June 2013 and applications will be accepted until Friday 28 June 2013.

Further information can be found on the Guernsey Community Foundation website or by calling Sadie at the Foundation on 748056.


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