FOUR local organisations have benefitted from the second round of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s 2013 Quarterly Grants Programme which focuses on capacity building, to improve the all-round capability of voluntary organisations supporting the local community. A total of £13,080 was shared between the recipients.
Autism Guernsey was awarded £4,200 towards salary costs for a part-time Administrative Assistant, which will allow other staff to focus on the delivery of specialist services to those in need in the Bailiwick. This will mean that even more individuals on the autism spectrum will be able to receive support and will facilitate the development of key projects such as the Befriending, Outreach and Independent Living schemes.
£3,880 was granted to Relate Guernsey in support of training and associated costs for a new Young People’s Counsellor. Relate has been working at the Grammar School Sixth Form Centre providing support to students who have relationship issues and due to the success of the programme will soon be extending to the College of Further Education. A new, trained Counsellor is therefore vital to allow the expansion of this service, which provides support covering areas such as loss, worries about peer relationships or changes in family right through to abusive relationships.
The Guernsey Sea Cadet Corps has received £2,000 in support of training costs. Two of their older Cadets who have come up through the ranks are going to train to become voluntary staff members, so that they can pass on to others the skills that they have learnt. The training takes place at specialist centres in the UK so the grant will cover the costs of attending these courses. Having more trained staff will enable the Corps to extend its activities to an increasing number of recruits.
A grant of £3,000 will enable a storage facility to be built for the Guernsey Welfare Food Bank, run by the Guernsey Welfare Service. The Food Bank provides essential support to islanders experiencing financial difficulties. The building of a permanent storage unit will enable more food to be given away to clients in need and for the Welfare Service to work more effectively with partner organisations whose clients are also in need of essential food items.
This quarter’s grants cycle saw 22 applications for funding, with needs totalling over £120,000. In some cases the Foundation has been able to find alternative sources of funding for those applications it could not support, and endeavours to assist those organisations that it cannot fund directly in other ways. The Foundation would be delighted to hear from anyone or any organisation that may be able to help provide additional funding in this respect.
For the Foundation, the focus on capacity building means supporting organisations to develop or improve the delivery of their services. This can be achieved in a variety of ways such as formation of strategy, leadership and management, staffing and volunteers, infrastructure, training, fundraising, communications or working with other organisations to maximise the use of available resources.
The next cycle of the quarterly grants programme will make £12,500 available to voluntary organisations which need support to develop or improve their services.
The next round of the quarterly grants programme is now open and applications will be accepted until Friday 18th October 2013. Further information can be found on the Foundation’s website – www.foundation.gg or by calling Sadie at the Foundation on 748056.