We work with different types of donors distributing funds on their behalf to specific causes or, through our grants programme, to the areas of greatest need.
GCF Grants Programme
Our main Grants Programme provides substantial grants to local voluntary organisations so that significant challenges or needs within the Bailiwick can be addressed.
Applications should address a proven area of concern, a significant challenge or fill a ‘gap’ in provision within the Bailiwick; or should seek to improve the way a voluntary organisation operates or delivers its services so that it can better meet the needs of the community or its beneficiaries.
The Guernsey Community Foundation is managing the administration of the grants process of the John Ramplin Charitable Trust, which was formed in 2016.
The aim of the Trust is to donate to Guernsey registered charities to enhance the health and wellbeing of a wide section of the Bailiwick community.The majority of grants will be directed towards charities that assist low income families, children, older people, people affected by disability or ill-health, community projects and medical research.
Decisions on funding applications are made by the John Ramplin Charitable Trustees.
We act on behalf of the Pargiter Trust to distribute funds to charitable and voluntary organisations working with disadvantaged older people in the Bailiwick. Areas supported are:
Improving health and well being - reducing isolation, providing hot meals and refreshments and helping older people to stay active through sports, arts, recreation, social clubs and volunteering;
Improving access to facilities, advice and training - supporting projects providing respite for carers, supporting Good Neighbourhood and befriending schemes and improving access to information and IT for older people, particularly where this involves intergenerational work;
Overcoming problems - helping older people who are experiencing difficult circumstances due to an illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty.
The Guernsey Community Foundation is managing the administration of the Social Investment Fund’s Small Grants Programme, which supports charitable activities and projects across the whole of the third sector.
The Social Investment Fund is a separately constituted body, acting as a States of Guernsey partner, which uses public and some private funds drawn from a variety of sources to invest in the third sector, helping to build greater partnership and joint working between the States and the third sector.
Registered charitable organisations can apply for to the Small Grants Programme if they operate within (or for the benefit of) the Bailiwick of Guernsey, and if their work aligns with one or more of 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
Applications can be for up to £25,000.
Decisions on funding applications are made by the board of the Social Investment Fund.
A grant of £7,500 has enabled a pilot project to be launched to evidence the benefits of outreach
work for its services. The Contraceptive Service provides confidential, contraceptive
and sexual health advice to men and women of all ages, but especially to young people.
The Service currently operates from its premises in town, but this pilot has been launched at the
Kindred Centre and looked at the merits of taking this service out into the community.
Milly’s Foundation is a new registered charity in Alderney, which has been set up to develop dementia services for Alderney residents. An award of £3,500 provided professional dementia training for volunteers, carers and caregivers, along with activity materials for a new drop in day centre at the Connaught Care Home. With Alderney’s high percentage of older people (a third of the population being over 65) the incidence of dementia is becoming an increasing issue for the population, with few services currently in place.
Guernsey Arts Commission
£5,650 was awarded to the Guernsey Arts Commission for a pilot Reminiscence Arts project ‘Bringing Memories to Life’
with dementia sufferers and their carers. The programme stimulated memories for participants and provided an
enjoyable specialised activity for those with dementia, who often cannot take part or actively participate in
more standard activities.
The project trained local artists on how to use the arts to connect to those who are affected by dementia.
The artist will now share their skills and techniques with those who care for people with dementia, professional
or ‘informal’ carers, many of whom lack experience in leading specialist activities for those with dementia.
Youth Commission of Guernsey and Alderney
The Youth Commission was established in January 2011 and combined the previous roles of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
Youth Association and the Youth Service Committee of the States of Guernsey. It has been awarded a grant of
£75,000 from the Foundation in support of the salary costs of its Chief Executive. The Youth Commission’s
vision is a Bailiwick where all young people reach their full potential and it aims to do this by providing
safe, supportive environments where young people can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, develop skills and build confidence.
Guernsey Disability Alliance
A grant of £90,000 has been awarded
for the funding of an Executive Director for two years to implement the GDA’s ‘5 Year Plan.’ Having achieved its initial
goal of gaining States approval for a Disability and Inclusion Strategy (November 2013), the purpose of the
Plan is to set new goals for the GDA for the next five years and to create a sustainable structure to achieve them.
The intended outcome is working in partnership with the States to complete the first phase of the Disability and
Guernsey Mind has been asked to lead the States Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The Foundation has made donations totalling £128,000 over three years for staff costs and so that a re-structuring program within Mind can facilitate this important piece of work. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy was passed by the States in 2013 but then stalled with no staff resources to implement the Strategy. Mind is seconding its Manager to undertake this work alongside the Policy Council and HSSD, demonstrating the close partnership between the States and the voluntary sector which will be vital to putting the Strategy into practice. This key strategy will ensure better mental health care for islanders and the Foundation is pleased to be able to support its development along with funding Guernsey Mind in its work with employers and raising awareness about mental health problems, a significant issue in Guernsey.
Caring for Ex-Offenders
This developing charity has been awarded £60,000 for the costs of a coordinator over two years. Caring for Ex-Offenders provides support in the form of practical assistance, mentoring, advice, and financial aid to prisoners and their families in preparation for, and more significantly upon, release from prison. In addition to undertaking one to one work with individual prisoners, both within the prison and in the wider community, contact with and support of families, the coordinator’s role includes inter-agency liaison and training, coordinating, recruiting, and supporting volunteers, liaising with NGO’s and churches etc. together with managing the day to day running expenses and administration. This is the charity’s first paid role and will enable further development and the capacity to support ex-offenders considerably.
Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support and Witness Service
£19,300 was awarded to the Service to support salary costs during a period of staff development. The Service provides emotional support, practical help and information to victims and witnesses of any crime and their families and friends, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it occurred. Staff and volunteers are trained to help people cope with the effects of crime, listen while people talk through their feelings and reactions to the crime and try to help each victim find the way that best suits them to overcome the crime. The complexity and stress of the justice system can be very difficult to deal with so the Service provides very valuable support to its clients. In the last five years the charity has supported nearly 5,000 witnesses and victims. The grant will enable staff development so that the future work of the charity can be progressed.
This rapidly developing charity, only formed in 2013, has been awarded a grant for the amount of £54,000 to support salary costs, particularly for the new post of Office Manager. Autism Guernsey has a mission to ensure a positive future for individuals affected by autism in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It aims to provide high quality professional services and support to individuals on the autistic spectrum, and their families. The charity also works to raise public awareness and understanding of autism, promote joint working with all agencies involved in the provision of services and to ensure that autism spectrum conditions are appropriately considered in policy development. The charity’s services include the Befriending and Independent Living Schemes, outreach services and school support. The Office Manager role allows Autism Guernsey to increase its efficiency and develop work with their valued volunteers.
Guernsey Hard of Hearing Association
A grant of £4,300 has enabled the Guernsey Hard of Hearing Association (GHHA) to provide Digital Listeners and Stethosets to more than 20 local care homes. The devices are specifically designed to help and support deaf and hard of hearing adults. The grant has also supported the purchase of specialist smoke alarms for those with hearing impairments, enabling them to remain in their own homes safely. ‘The Sonido Digital Listeners Project has been even more successful than we could possibly have hoped for,’ said Nikki Stephens, GHHA Chair. ‘Despite having no prior knowledge of these listeners, care home staff were all very willing to learn how to use them correctly and could immediately identify residents who might benefit from using them.’
£21,250 has been awarded to Liberate to fund a new coordinator role for one year to enable the charity to reach its objectives sooner. Liberate promotes fairness and equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community and their friends and family within the Bailiwick. Having a dedicated coordinator will enable Liberate to roll out key projects which will have a positive impact across the community including: developing LGBTQ outreach and education programmes for Guernsey schools; developing strategies to help with the specific needs of the older LGBTQ population and their care; setting up LGBTQ liaison officers within the police and prison services; continuing to coordinate with healthcare services to ensure an effective and comprehensive care pathway for transgender people; and continuing to put pressure on the States to reform laws and policies that discriminate against LGBTQ people.