Empress Shôken Fund
More than 30 National Societies applied to be considered the 2016 distribution of grants and the Joint Commission is pleased to announce its support – in the form of grants amounting to 260,000 Swiss francs – for ten projects in Gabon, Kenya, Morocco, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Malaysia, Mongolia, Samoa, and Albania.
Priority was given to projects from National Societies that may have been underrepresented in the past, while retaining a balance between the different regions of the world and the diversity of activities. Projects this year cover health, disaster preparedness and response, social welfare, and youth.
The projects selected focus on developing community-based services particularly relevant to local contexts and vulnerabilities. Many are focused on building safer and more resilient communities while promoting social engagement and and investing in people. These projects will strengthen each National Society’s volunteer and membership base, as well as improving its work at community and national level.
The Empress Shôken Fund is named after the Japanese Empress who, in 1912, inspired the Movement to create an international Fund in order to support the peacetime activities of National Societies.
This unique fund is jointly managed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and International Committee of the Red Cross Joint Commission which, acting under its agreed rules of procedure, assesses grant applications from National Societies and announces its decisions on 11 April, the anniversary of the death of the Empress.