12 charities have been shortlisted for the fifth Barclays Wealth Community Awards 2011.

The winners, who will each be awarded a share of £25,000, will be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 17 November.

Nearly 40 applications were made to the Barclays Wealth Community Awards 2011 which is open to registered charities in Jersey that are looking for a grant to fund a local project or initiative that will make a real difference to people in a variety of ways.

Paul Savery, managing director, Barclays Wealth Intermediaries and International Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man said: ‘The judging panel was impressed by the calibre of the entries received and, yet again, it has been incredibly tough to select our shortlist when all of the entrants are so deserving. I am looking forward to announcing the winners at the presentation evening which will be a truly special occasion for all those involved.’

The shortlist comprises:
• Durrell
• Driving for the Disabled
• Mencap
• Project Linus
• NSPCC
• Citizens Advice Bureau
• Les Amis
• Jersey Employment Trust
• Child Accident Protection
• The Zannah Trust
• 3rd Jersey Scout Group
• Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Over the past five years, the awards have provided grants to support a variety of projects, from kitting out a new sensory room at Mont a l’Abbe School, supporting an arts initiative organised by the Jersey Alzheimer’s Association and funding an after school homework club. Grants have been awarded for both large and small projects, ranging from a few hundred pounds to more than £20,000.

In 2010, Barclays Wealth helped ten groups – the leading wealth management firm had intended to give away £25,000 in total, but the judges felt that some of the projects were so deserving that they increased the funding to £37,812 in total, with £21,571 going to Mont a l’Abbe School and the remainder being split between nine further projects.

Barclays Wealth in Guernsey will award £25,000 to be shared among charities there and with the same being given in Jersey – a total of £50,000 will be donated across the Channel Islands.

As the Barclays Wealth Community Awards 2011 aims to provide funding for local projects, grants are not available for medical research, salaries or utility costs, educational institutions or the arts (unless the donation provides direct support to a disadvantaged group), third-party giving organisations or to contribute towards school, community groups or charity days out.