Call for grant applications for older people

The Guernsey Community Foundation is encouraging local charities or grassroots organisations which work with older people to apply for funds provided by a UK-based charitable trust.

The Pargiter Trust helps people aged 65 and above to live more independently, stay healthy, and feel socially included. The Foundation distributes funds on behalf of the Trust to charitable organisations from across the Bailiwick. Just over £80,000 has been distributed since 2014.

Grants are awarded in support of work that improves the health and wellbeing of older people. Such work might involve, but need not be limited to, increased access to facilities, advice and training, and help overcoming problems relating to old age.

Grants can be used to fund existing services or new initiatives, or to meet or offset capital costs such as the purchase of new equipment. Applications are also considered from organisations that support carers of older people, and from professionals working in this field.

Sue Gardiner, the Chair of the Pargiter Trust, said:  “We are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with the Guernsey Community Foundation. Our funds have been making a real difference to local lives since 2014 and we are pleased to be available to help plug a clear funding gap in this area.”

Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Community Foundation, said: “Our partnership with the Pargiter Trust enables us to assist more people than we could through the Foundation’s grants programme alone. The application process itself is straightforward, but if anyone is unsure about what to do, or needs advice about how to put together an argument for funding, they should give a call. We’re very keen to help Pargiter get help to those who need it.”

Grant applications will be accepted from 7th December 2017 until12th January 2018. Full criteria and application forms are available to download from the grant page – and may be completed by hand or electronically. Help is available by contacting the Foundation on 748056 or by emailing sadie@foundation.gg.

2017 Grant recipients

Guernsey Sports Commission
£2,500 towards funding for an activities week for older people

Headway Guernsey
£3,500 in support of drop-in sessions, outhouse sessions and socials

Parkinson’s UK Guernsey Branch
£5,750 in support of drop-in service and singing as therapy course

Holy Trinity Church
£10,000 to employ a part-time member of staff over two years, to oversee work amongst seniors and to extend activities

Men’s Shed Guernsey
£8,700 towards repair work to make the shed wind and water tight and other improvements to the building

Alderney Methodist Church
£3,000 contribution to the total costs of making the community hall accessible

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