Advertising of Fiscal Stimulus Funding (FOI)
Advertising of Fiscal Stimulus Funding (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 19 May 2021.
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The Government have recently announced the first tranche of successful applicants form the £50m Fiscal Stimulus fund. I knew nothing of this fund until first pay-outs were announced. My questions are:
How and where was the Fiscal Stimulus fund scheme advertised to potential applicants ?
For how long was Fiscal Stimulus fund scheme advertised ?
How much money was spent on advertising the Fiscal Stimulus fund scheme ?
Were any groups, clubs, bodies or states departments formally approached by Treasury officials or politicians advising them of the Fiscal Stimulus fund scheme ?
Six press releases were issued between 10 July and 28 January.
The Fiscal Stimulus Fund was announced during a live-streamed press conference on 10 July.
The press conference was aired live by Channel 103 and BBC Radio and also on Facebook.
Below is a summary of the releases and the media coverage:
10 July – Fiscal Stimulus Fund announced
Chief Minister announces £150m Fiscal Stimulus package
Channel 103 Online (13 July):
re. comments by Senator Farnham
ITV Channel Online:
Government Funding For Opera House Renovation? - Channel 103
07 October – Proposition for FSF launched
Fiscal Stimulus Fund proposition lodged
JEP (8 October) not online, but clipping available
Channel 103 Headlines 8am (8 October)
19 November – launch of tranche 1:
Fiscal Stimulus Fund applications open (gov.je)
£50m Fiscal Stimulus Fund Approved - Channel 103
Charities and publicly funded bodies invited to bid for share of £50m fund | Bailiwick Express
£50m loan to boost economy approved | Jersey Evening Post
Fiscal Stimulus Fund: First wave of applications opens | Jersey Evening Post
15 December – tranche 1 deadline reminder:
Fiscal Stimulus Fund deadline (gov.je)
JEP story (not available online, but clipping available)
Second tranche of Fiscal Stimulus Fund open for applications (gov.je)
JEP (6 January):
Millions made available for economy-boosting projects | Jersey Evening Post
ITV Channel TV (6 January)
Channel 103 (7 January)
28 January – tranche 2 deadline reminder:
Deadline nears for Fiscal Stimulus Fund applications (gov.je)
Channel TV (online):
Last chance for organisations to apply for money from Jersey's Fiscal Stimulus Fund | Channel | ITV News
BBC Jersey 8am headlines (29 January)
On the dedicated website there were the following updates:
The Fiscal Stimulus page was published 20 November 2020. To date the page has had 2,980 total views.
There were several news stories over 2020 and 2021 that mentioned the fiscal stimulus, but the main ones that focused on the fund had the following total views to date:
Chief Minister announces £150m Fiscal Stimulus package - 2,073 views
Fiscal Stimulus Fund applications open - 1,907 views
Fiscal Stimulus Fund deadline - 451 views
Fiscal Stimulus Fund proposition lodged - 209 views
There have been ongoing updates on the Fiscal Stimulus Fund especially nearing the application deadlines and there continue to be regular published updates.
The amount of expenditure on advertising the Fiscal Stimulus Fund was zero.
The Fiscal Stimulus administration team are not aware of any formal approaches being made to applicants by treasury officials or politicians.
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