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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Foundation is open to any registered charity; voluntary organisation, group or committee; or non-profit organisation.

    However, please bear in mind that access to certain funds is restricted to specific types of organisations, ensure you read the particular guidance under each funding theme to make certain you are eligible to apply.


    The grant must be used to fund services, projects and activities that will benefit the local community. Joint applications are welcome from organisations wishing to work together to better approach a need within the community. Organisations whose sole aim is the promotion of political or religious beliefs will not be supported.

    • Grants must improve the way your organisation operates or delivers its services so that it can better meet the needs of the community or its service users.

    • The application should address a proven area of concern or fill a ‘gap’ in community provision.

    • Every area of funding has specific criteria that must be met in your application. Please read the specific guidelines relevant to the fund you are applying for to ensure your project meets the unique criteria.

    • You must be able to predict the likely measurable impact of a grant. In order to do this you must first clearly define your project outcomes.

    • Project outcomes are important because they indicate how your project will make a difference, therefore only projects that clearly explain what their outcomes are will be supported. If you aren’t clear about the outcomes your project is likely to create, or if you are clear about your outcomes, but it doesn’t line up with the outcomes specific criteria of the funding theme you are applying for, it will not be supported.


    Further Information about how project outcomes are used:

    Outcomes-Based Accountability® or OBA is a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults and the community as a whole. OBA is also used by organizations to improve the performance of their programs and the Jersey Community Foundation use this model to assess applications. You can find out more about OBA in the resources section of the website:

    Training courses are available through the Association of Jersey Charities. To find out if there are any sessions running, please click the link below:

  • We have an opportunity in a small jurisdiction like Jersey to collect data within the charity sector and share it to highlight what’s working well; where there’s unmet need; and where investment should be targeted. There’s a real benefit to moving beyond simply recording and reporting outputs and moving to an environment that fully involves service users in shaping services and helps the States understand value that the sector provides.

  • Complete the online registration and application form, accessible through the website. Click the ‘apply now’ button under the correct funding theme you would like to apply for


    If you would like to discuss your potential application before completing the form please contact and we will be happy to provide support and guidance.


  • With your full application you will need to submit your organisation’s most recent annual accounts and explain how the grant-funded activity complements your organisation’s strategic plan or the equivalent.

    If your project is successfully awarded funding from another donor you must declare this to the JCF. Whilst we are happy to accept co-funding project applications, the supported activities must be different. If any double funding of activities is identified this could affect your ability to apply for funding in the future.

  • Each fund has different limits and these are amounts defined when you select the ‘read more’ button on the funding theme you wish to apply for. You can apply for a grant to meet capital costs or operating expenses, and you can ask for multi-year funding.

  • Yes, and these vary depending on funding theme, these dates are also defined when you select the ‘read more’ button on the funding theme you wish to apply for on the website, although Some applications are accepted at any time of year. You will also be notified of a Board Decision date which will give you an indication of when your project submission will receive approval/ rejection.

    Projects will not be retrospectively funded, therefore the start date for your project activities must be after the Board Decision date, as advertised in your funding theme.

    • Your application will be acknowledged by automated e-mail.

    • You may be asked to provide further information.

    • Your application will be assessed and reviewed by an Adviser/s who have specific expertise in the funding theme you have applied for.

    • Grants Manager collates these reviews and adds additional information in order to make a funding recommendation to the Board.

    • The Board meets approximately one month after closing date (to give sufficient time to review applications) where a final funding decision is made, following this meeting you will be informed of the outcome.

    • The Board decision is final and no feedback on your submission is guaranteed.

    • Is there a proven need for the work of the organisation and the proposed activity?

    • How will the grant-funded activity help improve the way the organisation operates or delivers its services?

    • What will the impact of the proposed activity be on the beneficiaries, clients or service users?

    • Is the cost of the activity/service proportionate to its impact?

    • Can the desired outcome be achieved in any other way?

    • How does the organisation work with similar charities, if applicable?

    • Are the outcomes clearly defined and do they fit within the specific funding theme guidelines (as outlined in Q3).

  • 1. Sign terms and conditions before receiving the grant payment, confirming that grant funds will be spent as specified in the application.

    2. Complete the report templates on the grant management system, within reporting deadlines set out in your grant acceptance letter, describing how funds were spent and what the grant has achieved. You may be asked to provide a financial statement to support the written report

    3. Upon request, allow a site visit from the Foundation staff to show how funds have been spent and what difference has been made.

    4. Allow the Foundation to monitor outcomes throughout the life of the project or initiative, or when the funds have been spent.

    5. Agree to the sharing of information on the impact of the grant.

  • You will be advised in writing. Unsuccessful applicants can re-apply unless advised otherwise.


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