£22.8m given out from Covid stimulus fund

A TOTAL of £22.8 million of public money is to be distributed from the Fiscal Stimulus Fund – set up to support the Island’s recovery from Covid-19 – to around 30 organisations, including more than £5 million to shift sport away from Fort Regent.

A file picture of Jersey Opera House. The theatre is getting £2,237,124 to fund a refurbishment and maintenance. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30645777)
A file picture of Jersey Opera House. The theatre is getting £2,237,124 to fund a refurbishment and maintenance. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30645777)

Among those receiving the money will be Jersey Opera House, which will get £2,237,124 and the Jersey Arts Centre, which will be given £2,959,516, to refurbish and maintain the theatres.

A total of £5,112,588 is being spent on Springfield and Oakfield sports centres to fund improvements and moving sport away from Fort Regent.

Elsewhere, Jersey Heritage will be given £1,308,114 to create an agricultural museum at Hamptonne and £271,302 will be spent on upgrades at La Hougue Bie.

The government has also allocated £50,000 to overhauling Citizens Advice Jersey’s website and £67,094 will be given to Jersey Cheshire Homes to pay for the installation of solar panels. A second tranche of money is due to be distributed in due course.

Altogether, 93 expressions of interest were submitted to receive money from the fund, which has a value of £102.4 million.

Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said: ‘The number of applications to the Fiscal Stimulus Fund demonstrate that there is a wealth of potential on the Island, with many organisations who have ambitious plans to help the Island’s recovery.

‘I would like to thank all those who applied for funding for their thoughtful applications. I’d also like to thank both the Economic Recovery Oversight Group and the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel 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.’

A total of £1.2 million is being transferred to Customer and Local Services to provide financial incentives to employers when they recruit someone who is unemployed.

Some sports facilities are also due to receive an upgrade with £568,500 being budgeted for the replacement of the FB Fields Pavillion.

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