£155,967 from the COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal has been awarded to 16 charities so far, since the appeal began.
The beneficiaries include a wide range of good causes, including not-for-profit cultural facilities such as St James, the Little Chapel and St Saviours Community Centre, sports clubs such as Vale Rec, Sylvans and the Alderney FA, and health and care providers including Choices, Health Connections, the Cheshire Home and Les Bourgs Hospice.
Many of the grants have gone towards charities that have seen a significant loss of income as a result of the pandemic.
Some grants have also been awarded to charities providing services to support the community through the pandemic. One example of this is Autism Guernsey which received a grant of £7,988 to provide and update IT resources to support people with autism while
Islanders were required to stay at home and observe social distancing and to facilitate ongoing online support.
The largest grants paid out so far have gone to St James and the Little Chapel which received £20,000 each, and to the Guernsey Sports Commission which received £25,000 to develop a Sports Recovery Fund.
Chair of the Social Investment Fund Jurat Stephen Jones, OBE said: “I’m so pleased to see the money raised by Islanders making such a big difference to so many charities working in such different areas. I really want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made a donation, big or small. Guernsey’s generosity and togetherness is again humbling, and because of it we’re able to support charities who realistically might not have come through the pandemic.”