Grants available

Applications invited for child abuse prevention projects

Hedge Funds Care Cayman is inviting community-based non-profit organizations to apply for funding for child abuse prevention and treatment initiatives.

The group’s inaugural black-tie benefit dinner on 3 November at the Grand Old House raised a net total of US$175,000 for HFCC, which will be distributed to assist local charities that provide prevention services including awareness training, treatment, support services, research and legal advocacy.

A HFCC Grant Selection Committee has been established to allocate the funds. The committee comprises of members of the original Committee of Hearts: Doris Schwartz, the Executive Director of Hedge Funds Care, who has more than 30 years experience in social work; and a third-party independent child welfare academic who will be able to provide an unbiased view on the best way to allocate the funds.

Interested applicants should contact Ms Schwartz at the HFC headquarters at: 1 (212) 967-0322, extension 346, or [email protected] and request a ‘Request for Proposal’ application form.

The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2006.

Grants will be made for CI$10,000, $25,000 or $50,000, depending on the scope and objectives of the proposal.

Those applying for funds should ensure their proposal is consistent with the HFC vision. For more information on HFC, visit .

Hedge Funds Care is an alliance of hedge fund industry professionals – including money managers, investors, prime brokers, attorneys, accountants and other members of the business community – dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

The charity was established in 1998 and since then chapters have opened in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, and, as of July 2005, the Cayman Islands.

The HFCC Committee of Hearts includes individuals from Deloitte, Ogier, Fortis Funds Services, dms Management Ltd., Rawlinson & Hunter, Ernst & Young, Citco, Maples & Calder, UBS Fund Services and Walkers.

Several factors can put families under strain and contribute to the incidence of child abuse including substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, prior victimization and poverty. HFCC is committed to funding activities that strengthen and build community resources for vulnerable families, preserve the integrity of the family without jeopardizing child safety, enhance permanency planning, improve foster care and adoption, and provide clinical treatment to victims as well as support to non-offending family members.

HFCC is also committed to enhancing general awareness to the problem of abuse in order to facilitate disclosure and break the cycle.

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