The Overseas Aid & Development Commission distributes money provided by the States of Guernsey to charities undertaking development and humanitarian work in the world's least developed countries.
About the Overseas Aid & Development Commission
- On behalf of the States of Guernsey, the Commission is responsible for distributing funds voted by the States for aid and development overseas by making contributions to ongoing programmes and to emergency and disaster relief; developing programmes relating to the collection and distribution of funds involving the private sector and carrying out the duties and powers above in accordance with policies set out by the Policy & Resources Committee.
- The Commission is a non-statutory, non-governmental body. The Commission's President is Deputy Chris Blin and the Commissioners are: Miss Judy Moore, Mr Chris Gregg, Dr Lindsay Jefferies, Dr Michelle Le Cheminant, Mr Bryan Pill and Mrs Margaret McGuinness. The Commission publishes an annual report setting out details of the awards made and providing an update on the various projects its has supported. Copies of past annual reports can be download from this site.
- Each year the Commission invites any charity registered in the British Isles to apply for funding of up to £55,000 for a specific and sustainable single year project in one of the world's least developed countries, or funding up to £165,000 for a multi-year project .
- If you wish to be added to the Commission's email list to receive any updates on the Grant Aid scheme please click here.
FUNDING ROUND NOW CLOSED - Applications for 2024 Single Year Grant Aid Funding
- The Single-Year Grant Aid Awards funding round for projects commencing in 2024 is now CLOSED.
- Applications for Single-Year Grant Aid Awards from the Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission of up to £55,000 could be submitted provided the charity and the project met the criteria. Please see the Commission's Grant Aid policy and Guidance Notes to the right on this webpage.
- All applications for Single-Year Grant Aid Awards from the Overseas Aid & Development Commission were made using the on-line application form. Applications could be made between Tuesday 16th January 2024 and 12 NOON on Friday 1st March 2024.
- All applications were automatically acknowledged by email. Please keep this email safely as you will need it should you have any queries regarding your application.
- The completed application forms have been forwarded to the Commission's Principal Officer for verification and checking. The Principal Officer will only contact you if there any questions arising from your application.
- Your application will be considered by the Commission in due course and you will be advised, in writing, of the outcome between late April 2024 and late July 2024 depending on when your application was submitted. As in previous years, the Commission will consider the applications in strict date order based on the submission date.
*FUNDING ROUND NOW OPEN* - Applications for 2024 Multi Year Grant Aid Funding
- The Multi-Year Grant Aid Awards funding round for projects commencing in 2024 is now open.
- Applications for Multi-Year Grant Aid Awards from the Overseas Aid & Development Commission of up to £165,000 over 3 years (approximately £55,000 per year) can be submitted provided the charity and the project meet the criteria. Please see the Commission's Grant Aid policy and Guidance Notes to the right on this webpage.
- All applications for Multi-Year Grant Aid Awards from the Overseas Aid & Development Commission must be made using the on-line application form.
- Applications can be made between Monday 26th February 2024 and and 12 NOON on Friday 12th April 2024. Late applications cannot be accepted, so please ensure you have submitted your completed application before the deadline. It is advised that you do not leave this until the deadline date in case there are technical IT difficulties.
- All applications will automatically acknowledged by email. Please keep this email safely as you will need it should you have any queries regarding your application. The completed application forms will be forwarded to the Commission's Principal Officer for verification and checking. The Principal Officer will only contact you if there any questions arising from your application.
- Your application (outline proposal) will be considered by the Commission in due course and you will be advised, in writing, of the outcome by late May 2024. Those charities that are shortlisted will then be invited to submit a detailed proposal including a video.
- Please ensure you have read the Commission's Grant Aid Policy and Guidance Notes before submitting your application for a Multi-Year Grant Aid Award. You should also follow the e-form application instructions carefully to ensure that your application is succesfuly submitted.
- PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS REQUESTED as too many / or large documents may cause technical IT difficulties. The Commission will only consider the requested documents in any case.
- PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK - APPLICATION PORTAL
Disaster and Emergency Relief Awards
- The Commission's general policy in respect of Disaster and Emergency Relief awards is to only consider applications from charities which meet its specific criteria following a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, which are as follows -
- Registered with a Charity Commission or Charity Registry in the British Isles, and not currently under investigation for any alleged wrong-doing;
- Already known to the Commission, with a track record of delivering effectively on grant-funded projects;
- Well-established in the affected area (preferably with a long-term local partner organisation) and experienced in similar work to that which it is proposing to carry out; and able to demonstrate that it can scale up its resources and activities to meet the needs of the local community.
- A member organisation of the UK Disasters Emergency Committee; and
- Registered with a Charity Commission or Charity Registry in the British Isles, and not currently under investigation for any alleged wrong-doing.
- Charities applying for an award are strongly advised to read the Commission's relevant policy and to contact the Commission at email@example.com before submitting an application.
- Disaster emergency aid funding will normally be used to provide water, sanitation, emergency shelter, medical services and emergency feeding programmes to disaster or crisis affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the disaster or crisis, and to assist in getting emergency supplies within the areas affected. . The application must set out how the charity proposes to use the funding requested and the budget must show what items will be purchased and in what quantity.
- It is recommended that you first contact the Principal Officer of the Commission if you wish to submit an application.
Guernsey International Development Network Events
- Guernsey International Development Network Event - British Red Cross 'Past & Present' - Tuesday 5th March, 2024 - 7.00pm - Les Cotils Centre
- The Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission is delighted to host a Guernsey International Development Network Event celebrating the British Red Cross' long-standing relationship with Guernsey throughout history, up to today.
- 2024 will mark the 80th Anniversary year of the International Red Cross SS Vega first visiting Guernsey in December 1944 to deliver desperately needed aid to the local population during the Occupation. The Vice-President of the Channel Islands' Occupation Society, Paul Le Pelley, a local historian who has a special interest in the subject, will be providing an informative presentation on the SS Vega and other Red Cross support provided to Islanders during the Occupation. There will also be a display of artefacts relating to the SS Vega kindly loaned by Guernsey Museums and the German Occupation Museum.
- After a Fairtrade Coffee Break to see the display, there will then be a thought-provoking presentation from British Red Cross representatives, who are visiting the Island, on the current work of the British Red Cross in the United Kingdom and internationally, which has included support from the Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission.
- Guernsey International Development Network Event - Wednesday 4th March, 2020 - 7.30pm - The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts
- 'Good For People, Good For Our Planet: How ethical trade can help us take on the climate crisis - and win'
- You can watch a recording of the event here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkjNXh1jSuY
- It was the first ever event of the Guernsey International Development Network, where internationally renowned experts took on one of the key issues of our time — how trade and working practices around the world are helping to shape, and reshape, the climate crisis.
- Sustainable Development can be a game changer for people and planet — lifting disadvantaged communities out of poverty, and conserving and replenishing the world's precious natural resources — but what does that look like in practice?
- Professor Kevin Bales CMG (Professor of Contemporary Slavery, The Rights Lab, and Trustee for Guernsey For Freedom) discussed modern day slavery, and how the world's worst working practices are also linked to climate devastation in many developing countries. He explained how changing our approach to production and consumption, around the world, can help to address these twin injustices.
- Albert Tucker (Social Entrepreneur and Chair of the Karma Cola Foundation) explored how Fairtrade transforms lives — helping small-scale farmers to succeed in business, despite much bigger competitors; while offering a model of ethical trade that empowers people to care for, protect and develop their communities and their environment.
- Professor Bales and Mr Tucker were then joined by Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez and Louise Smith for a Panel Q&A session on sustainable development, ethical trade and climate justice. Deputy de Sausmarez is a champion for climate action and green finance within Guernsey's government. Mrs Smith is co-founder of a Guernsey-based charity, This Is Epic, which supports sustainable development in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo through village Savings & Loans schemes.
- The evening was open to everyone, and was of particular interest to people who are interested in international development, tackling the climate crisis, or promoting ethical business. Tickets were free of charge.
- The event was held on Wednesday 4th March at The Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts. There was an opportunity to meet with the speakers, panelists and fellow guests at the end of the evening.
- The Guernsey International Development Network is an initiative of the Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission. Membership is free - please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This inaugural event was held in partnership with the Guernsey Fairtrade Steering Group during Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February until 8th March 2020) - http://www.fairtradeguernsey.com / and Guernsey For Freedom (formerly Abolitionist Guernsey) - https://www.guernseyforfreedom.org / . Please visit their websites for more information on their upcoming events.