The Social Investment Fund has awarded grants of up to £25,000 to 19 local charities and organisations.
The SIF draws money from public and some private funds to invest in the charitable and third sector.
The public funding for the small grants programme is channeled from the net proceeds of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery. Awards have been made for specific projects and to meet the costs of employing key staff.
“It may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but for us it’s hugely significant funding,” said Andrew Munro from the Clean Earth Trust, which received £21,343.
Pictured: 19 organisations received grant money, totaling £220,104 of grant money given out.
The money given to the Clean Earth Trust will be used to pay the wage of a full-time manager of the Repair Café Project.
The initiative aims to get people thinking about “rampant consumerism”.
“We want to plant the seed of personal responsibility,” said Mr Munro. The initiative has regular slots at Health Connections and offers repair services, so people don’t have to throw their broken or worn belongings away.
“We’d like the manager to become a long-term appointment, and we’re looking for more permanent premises at the moment,” Mr Munro added.
Pictured: The Clean Earth Trust received a grant of £21,343.
“This is SIF’s first round of grants having been focused on the Covid-19 Community Charity Appeal over the last year,” said Chair of the Social Investment Fund Jurat Stephen Jones.
“We are very pleased to have awarded several organisations funding for their diverse projects and services, having received nearly 50 applications,” he said.
A second round of grants will be given out later this year. The Major Grants programme recently concluded, with recipients set to be announced soon.
Pictured top: Ben Wells at the Repair Café.
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