‘Our invitation to registered charities aims to help sustain the smaller groups that might struggle to continue their valuable community work. The grants we have made in the past have ranged from a few hundred up to a thousand pounds, and the difference this can make is tangible’, said Chris Blampied, Chairman of RBC Wealth Management's Donations Fund Committee. ‘We’d love to hear from Island-based initiatives, especially those focusing on youth and education, amateur sport or health and wellbeing, which are often under-funded.’
Art in the Frame Foundation has already benefited from the fund this year, focusing the donation on their ‘Up Cycle Your Life’ workshops for young people. Pat Robson, Director of the Foundation, said: ‘Art in the Frame was set up 14 years ago to support and promote up and coming local artists and craft workers. The objective is to enhance the curriculum opportunities of primary and secondary school students, and also to provide workshops, talks and events for those with learning disabilities.
‘The grant made a great difference to us. Without it the Foundation could not have been able to run such meaningful workshops and certainly would not have attracted so many children. The workshops were a great success and included an Up Cycling exhibition. This meant that the children were able to see the exhibition at the same time as the workshops and appreciate all that it is possible to achieve.’
The funding received by the Foundation was used to provide six, two-hour workshops led by qualified teachers, for over 150 primary school children. In addition, the project included a wishing tree for the children to add their wishes for the future of the environment. The tree was made by Alcindo Pinto and can still be seen outside of The Harbour Gallery.
Mr Blampied added: ‘The RBC Wealth Management Donations Fund reinforces our commitment to supporting the local community beyond our sponsorship of the Jersey Swimarathon and other charitable projects. We look forward to receiving new applications for the remainder of 2013.’
Requests for a grant from the Donations Fund must include the charity’s name and registration number, details of the project for which a grant is intended and the requested amount. For further details on the criteria for applications, please contact Angela Le Bailly at RBC Wealth Management by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.