Empress Shôken Fund
More than 35 National Societies applied for grants in 2017. The Joint Commission is pleased to announce the Fund’s support – to the value of Sfr 324,046 – for thirteen projects in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Cambodia, Chad, Croatia, Georgia, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Swaziland and Togo. The projects address such matters as health, disaster preparedness and response, social welfare, and issues of concern to young people.
The Joint Commission gave priority to innovative projects that helps to expand existing National Society activities. National Societies that may have been under-represented in the past were given special consideration; the Joint Commission also sought to ensure geographical diversity and breadth of activity.
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.