Funds have been rolled over into the last quarter of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme meaning that just under £24,000 is now available for distribution. This year, the focus of the programme has been on Capacity Building, with the aim to improve the all-round capability of voluntary organisations which support the local community.
For the Foundation, this 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.
Applications should clearly state how the voluntary organisation intends to build capacity with the funds applied for.
The latest recipient of the grants programme is St John’s Care in the Community Library Service which applied for, and successfully secured, a grant of £1,500 to expand its collection of large print books and to produce materials to publicise the service and attract new users. The Community Library enables those who cannot access other public libraries, such as those with mobility problems, members of residential homes and individuals who are housebound, to continue to enjoy reading and experience an increase in social inclusion.
In 2014 the Foundation’s grants programme will be evolving to support more strategic projects within the voluntary sector that have tangible impacts on the community. Further details of this will be announced soon.
The next round of the quarterly grants programme is now open and applications will be accepted until Friday 10th January 2014. Further information can be found on the Foundation’s website – www.foundation.gg or by calling Sadie at the Foundation on 748056. Sadie can also assist with any queries regarding the theme of capacity building.