06 October 2022 • All News

New round of Major Grants applications open

In 2021 the Social Investment Fund (SIF) awarded over £1.39 million to fourteen different organisations through its Major Grants Programme, which seeks to support the financial sustainability of the Bailiwick’s vital charitable sector.

So far in 2022, SIF has awarded seven major grants totalling £500,000, with provisional agreement for a further five grants totalling another £500,000.

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.

To date, most recipients have received multi-year grants to enable the continuation of key services, with several of these having faced difficult financial circumstances over the last few years. Other recipients have been awarded funds to develop, increase or introduce new services, responding to different community needs.

This year Guernsey Voluntary Service received £93,059 towards salary costs for the Manager and Administrator of the Russels Day Centre for three years, with the Lihou Charitable Trust also receiving three years support with a grant of £60,370 towards the Warden’s salary.

Liberate and St James also received funding for three years towards salaries and general running costs, with grants of £112,549 and £98,500 respectively.

The Cardiac Action Group has benefited from a £45,875 grant towards the work of the Community Resuscitation Development Officer in 2023.

Vive La Vallette was awarded £40,000 towards salary costs of the Community Lead for a year and the GSPCA a grant of £49,267 towards the Shelter Manager’s salary for two 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 or call 07839 239994. 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 here.

Complete applications must be received by 12pm on Monday 31st October 2022.