Community Grant Scheme:​​

The Community Development Organisation will grant up to £1000 of matchfunding to support the development of sustainable long-term projects for civil society groups, charities and clubs on St Helena Island that are:


  • delivering services that will make a positive impact in their relevant areas and communities

  • promoting partnership working with other organisations that have similar objectives or target groups

  • building the capacity of their organisation to become more financially independent and sustainable

  • promoting one off initiatives that are not able to secure funding elsewhere


The focus for this 2021 Grant Scheme is partnerships and promoting sustainability.  Applications that demonstrate cooperation and partnership with another CSO is strongly encouraged.  Projects must support the long-term efforts and continuance of the organisation.  The grant can not be used as a source of fundraising but can be used to purchase equipment that will assist funding raising efforts.

The CGS is offered on a 50/50 matchfunding basis.  To apply you must be:

  1. Based on St Helena and have a constitution that complies with the Charities Ordinance 2005.

  2. A registered member of the Community Development Organisation (download a membership form here).

  3. Able to demonstrate you were established before 31 December 2020.

  4. Able to demonstrate that you have access to funds to match the grant awarded.

  5. Hold a bank account that requires at least two signatures.

  6. Verifiable Statement of Accounts for the previous financial year.

  7. Provide a list of your Committee Members.

  8. Confirmation that these Committee Members have been vetted (if working with children or vulnerable adults)

  9. Provide a copy of your Safeguarding Policy (if applicable)

  10. Be compliant with any current Grant Agreements held with the CDO.

  11. Be non-sectarian in your project.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  There is no set deadline but the application will only officially be considered ‘submitted’ once the supporting documentation is provided.


  • Your constitution

  • Your most recent audited accounts

  • A list of your Executive Members and Committee Members

  • Safeguarding Policy

  • At least 2 quotes for goods and services >£500


For assistance please contact the CDO Secretary on 

All successful applicants will be asked to sign a Grant Agreement Form before being awarded. Once their project has finished, applicants will submit a Monitoring and Evaluation form along with receipts. Monitoring & Evaluation Form

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We have run workshops and had meetings at the St Helena museum on Communications, Strategic Thinking and Fundraising. We may be able to run a course specifically for your Civil Society Group. If you are interested, please get in touch!

Social Enterprise?

If you are running a social enterprise or planning on having a more entrepreneurial approach, you could receive financial support from ESH. Get in touch for more information.

If you would like to explore this option book an appointment with us and let us pass on our advice and services in this area.

It can feel like there is a shortage of volunteers especially younger volunteers. We are looking for ways to involve the next generation in charity work as this is a field where you can gain confidence and managerial-leadership skills.


We welcome ideas and feedback on how we can encourage more young people to get involved.

Disabled Persons Aid Society

The DPAS recently held an AGM in July and were able to secure a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. A relief to many as it was feared that this charity would close despite a need for advocates and grants for disabled people.

Funding Strategy

Planning ahead can help get everyone on board with your strategies as an organisation. Having a funding strategy will help mobilise your organisation to where they want to be. Get in touch for help developing this.

Your Stories!

Your voice and involvement in charity work is worth valuable. We want to encourage you to get on the radio and present your stories and play some music. Be it SAMS or Saint fm. Your stories inspire people to volunteer!


The more people you have involved or supporting your charity's project, the greater the impact you can have. 

Children's Activities Calendar

Safety Planning

Do you have Safeguarding policies and a vetting system in place? This is an essential characteristic of a good charity or good governance for a Civil Society Organisation. If you want to get your funders on board - get a good Safeguarding policy in place. Talk to the CDO for help with this.

Bank of St Helena

Contact the Bank of St Helena with your Community Schemes as they may be able to help fund your project. For more information get in touch.

We help compile the activities that are planned for the holidays in a calendar that we then publish in both papers. If you would like to contribute to this calendar please get in touch.