JERSEY charities have under two weeks left to apply for the Barclays Community Awards.
The annual awards programme offers funding for local charities and the opportunity for them to partner with Barclays to work towards achieving their goals. The deadline for applications is Friday 19 October.
The awards are open to registered charities that are based locally and national charities that have a Jersey branch and only projects that benefit the local community will be considered for the awards.
Nine charities received a share of £33,600 in last year’s awards.
In a change from last year, the awards will be aiming to help charities working in a specific area: improving life, financial and entrepreneurial skills in the island’s young people.
“Supporting local charities is extremely important to Barclays and the business as a whole is looking to support the development of young people’s life, financial and entrepreneurial skills. We feel it is an area we can really support, raise awareness of and help to develop locally, said Paul Savery, Barclays managing director and a judge on the awards panel.
However, Barclays is still happy to receive applications from charities that do not meet the specific criteria for the awards.
“The judges will consider applications from any local charity, for any amount, even if they don’t specifically cater for young people, but in particular we are looking for those that meet our key aim to support young people,” said Mr Savery.
“We’re looking to receive applications from charities to support specific projects that will benefit the community and that we can help support through to completion. Whether that’s purchasing a new piece of equipment or updating the charity’s premises, it doesn’t matter how big or small the project is.
“The awards are a great opportunity for charities to receive funding for these projects but also to receive practical support from Barclays which can include staff involvement, sharing business skills or mentoring to help progress their work,” said Mr Savery.
Entry forms are available to collect from the Barclays branch at Library Place, Barclays offices on Broad Street and the Esplanade or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Community Awards will be presented to the chosen charities at an evening reception on Wednesday 21 November.
A similar scheme – Barclays Champion Charities – is also run in Guernsey and will see a similar amount donated to charities in the island.