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Small grants to make a big impact

Small grants to make a big impact

Thursday 28 January 2021

Small grants to make a big impact


The Social Investment Fund has launched a new grants programme aimed at charities and non-profit organisations, building on the hundreds of thousands donated last year.

Applicants to the Small Grants Programme who qualify for help will get a grant of up to £25,000 to put towards one-off projects or a year's worth of ongoing expenses.

The programme is funded using Guernsey's net proceeds from the Channel Islands Lottery, which are no longer distributed by the Association of Guernsey Charities.

More than £400,000 was donated to charities last year following the launch of the fund's community charity appeal. 

“We’re excited to launch this new programme, which in many respects is the successor to AGC’s Christmas Lottery payments," said SIF Chairman Jurat Stephen Jones OBE. 

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Pictured: Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of The Guernsey Community Foundation, who will administer the new scheme. The Foundation has run its own grants programme for more than a decade, and will process applications before the board of the Social Investment Fund makes the decision on which applications have been successful and who gets funding.

"In setting the eligibility criteria, we’ve been careful to ensure that no-one who would have been eligible under AGC’s scheme is prevented from applying.

“Having the Guernsey Community Foundation on board to administer the programme means we can make the application process as smooth as possible while still making the decisions ourselves. The Foundation’s extensive experience of grant-giving and their knowledge of the sector makes them an ideal partner.”

Charities can complete and submit an application form electronically via the Foundation's website which also contains full details on how to apply. You can also contact the Foundation’s Grants Manager, Anna Le Page, at anna@foundation.gg

“We’re very much looking forward to working with the Social Investment Fund,” said Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of the Foundation. “Because we operate our own grants programme, and because we can access funding from private trusts, charities who apply to the Small Grants Fund may, with our help, get additional support from elsewhere.”

Completed applications must be received by Friday 26 February.

Pictured: Jurat Stephen Jones OBE and Jim Roberts. 

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