The Association of Jersey Charities (AJC) has formally launched a new online grant applications portal, with members of the AJC and all local registered charities having until 21 February to be considered in the first round of applications of 2020.
The new portal, which is accessed through the AJC’s website at jerseycharities.org, has been rolled out to make it easier, quicker, safer and more convenient to apply for grants, whilst it will also help the AJC and charities to cut down considerably on paper usage.
From now on, applications for grants through the AJC will only be via the new portal, and those looking to apply this quarter have been able to attend testing and training sessions to help familiarise themselves with the new process. Further training days for charities will be available in due course.
At the end of last year, the States Assembly awarded the AJC £1 million from the 2018 Channel Islands Lottery profits to distribute under the terms of a new Service Level Agreement to all registered charities in Jersey, including both members and non-members of the AJC.
Liz Le Poidevin, Chairman, Association of Jersey Charities, commented:
“We’re really pleased to be able to launch this new online grant portal, which enables us to combine a more digital approach whilst continuing to offer the same sort of personal support that we know charities appreciate. We’ve been really pleased with it as it’s gone through our testing stages and we’re confident that it will be a really positive development, both for us and for local charities for whom it should make life easier, quicker and more secure.
“In particular, I’m pleased that we are now in a position to be able to award grants from the Channel Islands Lottery profits to all charities that are registered with the Jersey Charities Commission under our new SLA with the States Assembly. I would just like to remind them that the deadline is 21 February and if they have any questions, we are available to support them.”
The maximum grant which can be applied for in any financial year is £30,000, with further criteria for making applications available via the AJC’s website. Meanwhile, all charities are encouraged to subscribe to the AJC’s daily newsletter or follow it on Twitter and Facebook to ensure they receive relevant updates.