We support local charities, community and voluntary groups in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We award small grants to grassroots, front line, volunteer led organisations who are making a positive impact in their area. Our aim is to overcome challenges of disadvantage, exclusion and poverty for all ages. We welcome applications from both new and established groups.
We offer grants on behalf of private donors, fundholders and charitable trusts. Please read the guidelines carefully before applying, as funding criteria is specific to each grant programme.
Who can apply?
Generally grants are available to not for profit community groups for the benefit of the wider community. However we do hold specific funds which provide support to individuals. Please see the list of funds below and follow the links to view more information about each of the grant programmes:
Grants for individuals
Lord Lieutenant's Fund for Youth - for young people who are exceptionally talented and gifted
Morwenna Fund - for lone parents or carers who live alone with a child/children and are experiencing need, hardship or distress
The Emily Bolitho Trust - for individuals faced with hardship through poor health and low income living in the old borough of Penzance including Gulval, Mousehole, Paul, Newlyn, Ludgvan, Marazion and Madron
Crisis Fund - for people in crisis who are urgently in need of small, one off amounts of money. Grants are made to charitable organisations throughout Cornwall for distribution to individuals
Community groups must meet the criteria below when applying for a grant:
You are a not for profit, voluntary or community group or social enterprise (you don't need to be a registered charity but your activities must be considered charitable)
You have a governing document (constitution, set of rules or equivalent) that show how your group is run and managed
You have a management committee or board of trustees with at least three independent and unrelated members
You have a bank or building society account in the name of the group, with a minimum of two cheque signatories
You are based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly with the benefit to residents of the same
Your project must be completed within a year of the grant being awarded unless otherwise agreed
Grant awards must be evidenced by sending CCF a completed Social Impact Report, copies of receipts, photographs and case studies.
If you wish to apply for a small proportion of a larger project we will need evidence that the balance is in place.
Please click here for what we generally don't fund.