08 March 2023 • All News

Major Grants Funding Applications Open

In 2022 the Social Investment Fund (SIF) awarded over £2 million to twenty-one different organisations through its Major Grants Programme, which seeks to support the financial sustainability of the Bailiwick’s vital charitable sector.

SIF is pleased to announce that applications for the next round of major grants are open.

Applicants can apply for grants over £25,000 towards running costs and salaries, capital costs or multi-year funding and must be registered charities or NPOs operating within or to benefit the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
The programme aims to target funding towards organisations and projects which are most needed within the Bailiwick. Applications should focus on people in our Bailiwick community, on the services and support they need and are of benefit to our community. They must demonstrate measurable impact against the following outcomes:

• Improving the lives of people with specific needs, disadvantages or vulnerabilities.
• Employment, education or training opportunities.
• The protection of our natural environment, culture and heritage.
• Improved health and wellbeing for our community.
• An inclusive community, which challenges the barriers causing disadvantage or discrimination.

The majority of last year’s recipients received multi-year grants to enable the continuation of key services, with some organisations receiving funds to develop, increase or introduce new services, responding to different community needs.

Grants were awarded across diverse sectors such as the arts, community support, environment, sports, health and wellbeing, welfare, and supporting vulnerable and disabled members of our community.

2022’s recipients include Grow Limited, receiving a grant of £200,250 towards salary costs for the General Manager and new Training Manager for 3 years; the Cheshire Home, receiving £73,000 towards the Home Manager’s role for 2 years; and the Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support & Witness Service which received £94,056 towards 3 years of salary costs.

The Health Improvement Commission for Guernsey & Alderney was awarded £152,223 to continue the Bailiwick Social Prescribing pilot scheme in 2023 and 2024; the new Nature Commission was awarded a grant towards set up and running costs for the first two years for £100,000; and the Sports Commission’s ‘On Your Marks’ holiday sports programme received £116,490 to operate for 3 years.

Guernsey Arts Commission was awarded £90,000 towards a new Community Arts Development Officer role for 3 years and the Association of Guernsey Charities a grant of £150,000 towards their new Administrator role and premises costs for 3 years.

Funding for SIF’s grants programmes comes from the Guernsey net proceeds of the Channel Islands Lottery and the Guernsey Probate Registry. Following a States decision in 2021 SIF also receives a percentage of all seized assets proceeds to apply for community investment.

To discuss submitting an application, please contact SIF’s Lead Officer, Sadie Siviter de Paucar by email on Sadie.SiviterdePaucar@gov.gg. Full information about the Major Grants Programme including guidelines, criteria and how to apply can be found here.

The full list of major grants recipients can also be viewed on this page.

Complete applications must be received by 12pm on Wednesday 5th April 2023.