Barclays Wealth Jersey is calling for local charities to enter this year’s Barclays Wealth Community Awards to apply for a share of £25,000. The awards, which are in their fifth year, support projects that will make a real difference to local people in a variety of ways. The scheme is open to registered charities that have representation in Jersey and are specifically targeted at projects which will benefit the local island community. 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. All entries will be reviewed by Barclays Wealth’s Community Team, from which the shortlist will be determined. Those shortlisted entries will then be reviewed by judges, Paul Savery and Adele Langlois of Barclays Wealth, Spencer Davies of Channel 103FM and harbour master, Captain Howard Le Cornu. The closing date for entries is Friday 21st October 2011. The judges will be looking for: • Entries from any charity or community group which has representation in Jersey • Applications are welcomed from organisations who may have applied previously but been unsuccessful and may wish to re-apply • Applications for any amount. In the past, the awards have funded projects from a couple of hundred pounds to £20,000 • Projects on which Barclays Wealth staff may be able to work in partnership with the charity to deliver a specific need in the community Paul Savery, managing director, Barclays Wealth Intermediaries and International Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man, has been on the judging panel since the awards were launched. ‘Every year I am overwhelmed by the number of entries and the quality of community work undertaken in Jersey. There are so many amazing projects which offer services in the community; for many people these are essential and they all deserve support and recognition. I am proud that we are able to achieve this through the Barclays Wealth Community Awards and am delighted to announce that, for the first time, we are launching the awards scheme in Guernsey which will see a further £25,000 shared amongst Guernsey charities and community groups – a total of £50,000 across both islands.’ As the Barclays Wealth Community Awards are aimed at providing 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. Entry forms are available from Barclays Library Place branch and from its offices in Broad Street and Lord Coutanche House on the Esplanade, or by email from adele.langlois@barclayswealth.com. If you would like an application form for the Guernsey awards, please email sharon.baudains@barclayswealth.com