Jersey

Changes to funding for Jersey's aid projects overseas

Dreamlands School, Ghana
Image caption Jersey Overseas Aid projects include building new schools

The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission has revealed it will be spending more money on fewer charities.

The organisation has been looking at the way it distributes taxpayers' money to overseas projects.

Kathryn Filipponi, executive officer for the Commission, said longer term projects would get their grants increased by almost a quarter.

But the news comes at the expense of other good causes, as 20 charities will no longer get support.

Overseas projects can now receive up to £250,000 which is three times more than they could get in previous years, but the number of charities the Commission helps will drop from 65 to 45.

Lyn Wilton, the chairman of Jersey's Association of Charities, said locally based overseas aid projects would miss out on funding because of the changes.

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