Jersey organisations given £23m to support projects

Jersey organisations including the Opera House, Jersey Heritage, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Jersey Cheshire Home have successfully bid for a total of £22.8 million of funding.

The money has been granted through the first phase of the Fiscal Stimulus Fund - which was set up to support the island’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year it was announced that as part of 'phase one' up to £25 million of funding would be available to government departments, arms'-length organisations and not-for-profit organisations to fund smaller projects.

In order to benefit from the funding, organisations were asked to submit expressions of interest, and those that were successful had to provide a business cases.

The projects had to prove they would cost less than £5 million and be completed by the end of the year.

Projects supported by phase one of the Fund include:

£1.3m

To Hamptonne for an agricultural museum

Hamptonne Country Life Museum, Jersey. Credit: ITV Channel TV
£2.2m

To refurbish the Jersey Opera House

Jersey Opera House is one of the organisations to receive funding. Credit: ITV Channel TV
£2.9m

To refurbish the Jersey Arts Centre

Jersey Arts Centre. Credit: ITV Channel TV
£1.2m

To Customer and Local Services to provide financial incentives to employers when they recruit someone who is unemployed  

£50,000

To Jersey Citizens Advice Bureau to redesign their website to better support islanders

Citizens Advice Jersey. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Overall there were 93 expressions of interest submitted with a total funding value of £102.4m.

Of these, 47 applications which met the fund’s criteria of providing temporary, targeted, and timely support to the economy, were asked to submit a business case.

While the Minister for Treasury and Resources took the final decision on applications, she received recommendations and comments from the Fiscal Stimulus Oversight Group (FSOG), the Economic Recovery Political Oversight Group (ERPOG) and the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel (CSSP).

The Minister says the number of applications "demonstrate that there is a wealth of potential on the island" and that many have "ambitious plans" to help the island’s recovery.

I’d like to thank all those who applied for funding for their thoughtful applications. I’d also like to thank both ERPOG and CSSP for their comments and recommendations, which we have listened to and taken into account when deciding on the projects to receive funding both in this and the second tranche of the Fund.

Deputy Susie Pinel, Jersey's Minister for Treasury and Resources

Here is the full list of projects receiving funding:

£3.1 million

Infrastructure, Housing and Environment: Improve Oakfield sports facilities

£2.9 million

Jersey Arts Centre: Refurbishment of the Jersey Art Centre

£2.2 million

Jersey Opera House: Refurbishment and maintenance of the centre

£1.9 million

Infrastructure, Housing and Environment: Improving facilities at Springfield

£1.7 million

Children, Young People, Education and Skills: Technology led skills programme

£1.5 million

Jersey Youth Service: First Tower Youth Development Project

£1.3 million

Jersey Heritage: Hamptonne - Agricultural Museum - Creation of an agricultural museum to improve visitor experience

£1.2 million

Customer and Local Services: Unemployment Support An improved employment support package

£828,330

Trinity Youth Centre: Improve and refurbish existing premises for use by the Youth Service and Scouts

£808,336

Jersey Employment Trust: Acorn collections and processing facility

£750,000

Customer and Local Services: To develop Howard Davis Hall into a community and events space

£749,650

Infrastructure, Housing and Environment: Coronation Park Paddling Pool - Replace and upgrade the paddling pool facilities

£580,000

Jersey Spartans Athletics Club: JSAC Clubhouse Upgrade Refurbishment of the Jersey Spartan

£568,500

Infrastructure, Housing and Environment: FB Fields Sports Pavilion Rebuild Demolish the existing pavilion and build an improved facility

£495,000

RJA&HS: RJA&HS Grounds Refurbishment Develop

£425,350

Jersey Padel: Build additional Padel courts at St Clement recreation ground and provide additional coaching

£300,000

Jersey Cricket: Grainville Cricket Facility Refurbishment

£271,000

Jersey Heritage: The completion of the Hougue Bie site masterplan to improve visitor experience

£188,992

Brook Jersey: Lease refurbishments of a new rental property

£164,850

Jersey Baptist Church: Facility Modernisations

£203,600

7th Overseas Jersey Squadron: Air Cadets Building Maintenance

£87,000

Enable Jersey: Develop disabled changing facilities and toilet facilities in Winston Churchill Park

£67,000

Jersey Cheshire Home: Solar panels

£50,694

Jersey Scouts: Refurbishment of Kenneth Faucon Hall

£50,328

Jersey Scouts: Jersey Scouts Refurbishment of St Lukes Hall

£50,000

Citizens Advice: Improve JCA website

£37,500

The Jersey Race Club: Racecourse improvements

£37,000

Jersey Consumer Council: Upgrade of existing website

£32,000

Jersey Youth Service: Queens Silver Jubilee Activity Centre Crabbe

£11,000

Ebenezer Methodist Church: Create a kitchen refreshment area to serve a wider community