Q - Is Cornwall Community Foundation part of the local authority?
A - No, we are independent.
Q - Do we have to be a Registered Charity to apply for a grant?
A - No, as long as the purpose of your group is charitable and run by a committee of people. You must follow a Constitution or set of rules and have a bank account set up in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated cheque signatories.
Q - Can a national charity apply for a grant?
A - Priority is given to small, local charities and voluntary groups whose work benefits people in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. However, national charities with a significant local presence can apply if the grant will make a difference to local people. Local accounts and committee members must be evidenced.
Q - Will you support Community Interest Companies?
A - Yes, however the aims and objectives of your CIC must be for charitable purposes and we generally do not support core costs.
Q - Do you make grants to individuals?
A - In general we do not make awards to individuals. However, we have a few specific grant programmes for individuals. These are: the Lord Lieutenant's Fund for Youth, Bolitho Fund for individuals.
Q - Where can we get help and advice about applying for a grant?
A - We are always happy to answer questions or discuss your ideas, please contact us either by phone or e-mail.
Q - How often can I apply?
A - It will depend on the fund, although we must receive your Social Impact Report from your previous grant before applying to the same fund again.
Q - Can you support an item or project that has already been purchased or started?
A - No unfortunately we are unable to allocate funds retrospectively.
Q - When should we submit an application?
A - The majority of our programmes have deadline and panel dates that can be found on the 'Grants Available' page. It is best not to leave applying until the last minute if your application is complete.
Q - Can I apply for a percentage of a larger project?
A - Yes, however if you wish to apply for a small proportion of a larger project we will need evidence that the balance is in place.
Q - What are unrestricted reserves?
A - These are funds that are not specifically allocated to any item of expenditure.
Q - Who decides whether or not we receive a grant?
A - Your application will be assessed initially by a member of our team who may contact you for more information. The majority of our programmes have a panel, made up of CCF Trustees and people from the local community with relevant skills, knowledge and experience, who will make the final decision.
Q - When will we hear the result of our grant application?
A - It will depend upon the programme and when the panel meet to make decisions, we will inform all applicants within 7 working days their outcome.
Q - Will you monitor our grant?
A - Yes, we will ask you to report back on how the award has been spent and what has been achieved. You will be asked to complete a Social Impact Report at the end of your project, or within a year, whichever is sooner.