15 charities have been shortlisted for this year’s Barclays Champion Charities awards scheme.
The winners, who will each be awarded a share of £30,000, will be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 15 November at St Pierre Park Hotel.
A large number of applications were received for the awards this year, which is open to registered local charities looking for a grant to fund a project or initiative that will make a real difference to the Guernsey community.
The short-listed charities include: Amherst School PTA, Bailiwick of Guernsey Scouts Association, Every Child Our Future, Friends of Saumarez Park Playground LBG, Guernsey Neuro Concern, Guernsey Sailing Trust, Hampton Trust, Judo Association of Guernsey, National Autistic Society, Guernsey Branch, Options (Guernsey Domestic Violence Forum), Wigwam and Young People Guernsey.
The awards judging panel will select the winners from the short-list and the chosen charities will be invited to attend the awards presentation evening to find out how much funding they have won for their projects.
This year’s awards judges are Shaun Green, deputy editor of The Guernsey Press, Sue Markham managing director of GBG magazine, and from Barclays, Paul Woodland, head of local markets, Julia Church, head of Wealth Advisory at Barclays and Sharon Baudains.
‘‘The charities committee was impressed by the calibre of the entries received and, yet again, it has been incredibly difficult to select our shortlist when all of the entrants have such fantastic initiatives they want to start or continue in the island,” said Mr. Woodland.
“We’ve also seen some great initiatives that will support our key aims of developing life, financial and entrepreneurial skills in young people.
“We’re looking forward to announcing the winners at the presentation evening but also to working with the charities over the next twelve months to help them bring their projects to fruition,” he said.
Last year Barclays made £31,420 worth of grants and supported twelve charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Guernsey Branch, St Stephens Community Centre and Guernsey Mind.
A similar scheme, the Community Awards, is run in Jersey and last year £33,600 worth of grants were made, supporting nine charities including Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Child Accident Prevention Jersey and Jersey Citizens Advice Bureau.
Through the Champion Charities and Community Awards £60,000 will be donated to local charities and initiatives across the Channel Islands this year.