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Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 14:17


SITA Trust Cornwall - great news for Penwith!! New Landfill Sites Added

Following extensive research into Environment Agency Licensed Landfill Sites, SITA Cornwall Trust is delighted to announce two mothballed sites, which we will be able to use under the 10-mile rule. This will open up areas of Cornwall previously excluded from funding under the scheme, such as St Ives, Penzance and Newlyn. Please see the ‘Sites’ tab on their website for more information and to check your eligibility.




Sport Relief Community Cash Fund

Comic Relief is distributing a £50,000 Sport Relief Community Cash Fund to communities across Cornwall and Devon. Administered by Devon Community Foundation, the grants of £500 – £1000 are available to small organisations that are doing work to help local people living tough lives.

Groups eligible to apply for Sport relief Community Cash grants need to:

• Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area within Cornwall

• Be small local groups with an income of less that £50,000 (in the last year) run by local people

Examples of the type of activities which can be funded include:

• Parent and toddler groups

• Dads and lads groups

• Equipment and materials for youth groups or older people’s groups

• Community festivals

• Befriending for older isolated people

Grants will not be awarded to the following:

• to individuals

• to statutory organisations, including schools

• groups who are not constituted

Grants will not be awarded for the following purposes:

• to fund trips abroad

• to fund buses, mini buses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project)

• to fund building costs, including access adaptations to buildings

Closing date: 4th March 2014 5pm

For more information visit







The Police and Crime Commissioner Small Grant Scheme

What is the Small grant scheme?

The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg, is committed to ensuring that Police activities are delivered in the most effective and efficient ways and to bringing statutory partners together. However, he also wants to place significant emphasis on helping communities to help themselves to make Devon and Cornwall a safer place.

Who can apply?

This Small Grant is therefore only available to community and other local organisation that can show that they are undertaking actions that can have a positive impact helping people feel safer and reducing crime and anti social behaviour by supporting his priority areas.

In his Police and Crime Plan, the Commissioner has already highlighted these priority areas, namely:

• Focusing on alcohol related violence

• Reducing anti social behaviour

• Protecting the most vulnerable with a focus on domestic, family and sexual abuse and better awareness of crimes that go unseen

• Reducing re-offending and bringing offenders to justice

• Giving victims and witnesses a stronger voice

• Increasing the use of special constables and volunteers

• Listening and responding to the public

The small grant scheme will be particularly targeted at activity and proposals that are aligned to one or more of these priority areas.

What the Small Grant is NOT for

It is unlikely the PCC will make awards to any applications for or from the following:

Statutory services


Expeditions or trips

Replacement for statutory funding

Bursaries or scholarships

Projects outside of Devon and Cornwall

How much can I apply for?

In order to make sure the grant is widely distributed, we are welcoming applications for amount UP TO £5,000. We are expecting most applications to be for smaller amounts.

For more information visit

Cornwall Community Foundation Funding

The Cornwall Community Foundation administer the Health & Prevention Community Grants Programme.

The grants programme aims to award small grants to community groups who can enhance the quality of life for people with care and support needs through developing a range of activities and events.

Grants typically range from £250.00 to £1,000.00, organisations can apply for more than one grant per year up to the value £2,500.00 (Figures must be based on no more than £50.00 per beneficiary, with a minimum of 10 people benefiting).

Beneficiaries must have care and support needs and must be over 18 year of age.

If you require any further information on this please contact Donna Martyn, Grants Officer - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Together Grants

The Together Grants is aimed at carers and the person being cared for, residents of Cornwall only, to spend some quality time together away from their caring role. £200.00 is the maximum grant available (all grant monies must be spent within 6 months of you receiving the funds).

Organising day trips or to pursue leisure activities/trips for you and the person you care for can sometimes be difficult, but getting out and about can be beneficial to you both.

We welcome applications for trips or to pursue leisure activities together improving the following:

• Health & Wellbeing

• Reducing the pressures of caring relationships

• Support you in sustaining your caring relationship

• More carers are supported and identified including BAME, isolated and hidden carers, those not known to statutory services or the Cornwall Care Service

• Carers are able to access facilities within their local area

You must be over 18 and providing a regular and substantial amount of care to another person, who must also be over 18 years, without payment.

All eligible applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis however funds are limited so not all eligible applications will be successful unfortunately.

If you require any further information please do e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring 01566779333 asking for myself or Donna Martyn, Grants Officer.



Santander Foundation Community Plus Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help with specific costs, such as the cost of salaries, equipment or materials, for projects that directly benefit disadvantaged people within the UK.

The scheme is open to small local UK registered charities. National charities can also apply for local projects.

Nomination forms may be submitted at any time.

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£250,000 funding available from SITA Cornwall


Following the success of their Flagship Funding in 2012, SITA Cornwall Trust is pleased to announce it is launching a further fund for 2013.

Because of a favourable budget result this year, the Trust finds itself able to offer £250,000 as the sole funder for a single project, targeting applicants who are struggling to find match funding in these austere financial times.

For more information visit


Cornwall Glass Fund

This fund will concentrate on supporting organisations/projects that support the following:

• Children

• Mental illness

• Community benefit

Grants range from £500 - £1,500

For more information visit


BBC Children in Need - Small Grants Programme

Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

• Any kind of disability.

• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.

• Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for one year.

The 2013 deadline for applications is the 1st December.



Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank Customer Donation Fund

At the Co-operative Bank, we are committed to supporting community groups that improve the lives of local people and transform their neighbourhoods.

When you work hard to raise funds, we know that every penny counts. Our Community Directplus account gives charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises an ethical way to bank for free. Instead of paying unnecessary bank charges, you will have more money to spend on projects that benefit your community.

The Community Directplus account offers:

• Free banking* on all standard transactions - that means there's no charge for cheques, standing orders, Direct Debits or cash deposits and withdrawals. The Co-operative Bank reserves the right to review the account tariff for customers whose credit turnover exceeds £1m per annum, who deposit more than 100,000 cash per annum, or who deposit more than 5,000 cheques per annum. Please refer to the tariff for full details.

• Interest on credit balances of £2,000 or more to help boost your savings.

• The freedom to manage your account however it suits you - online, over the phone, at the Post Office or by post.

• The chance to apply for extra funding from our Customer Donation Fund.

The Co-operative Bank Customer Donation Fund:

As a Community Directplus account holder, you can apply for a donation of up to £1,000 from our Customer Donation Fund. This is how the fund grows. For every £100 deposited collectively by account holders, we add 20p. Then every year we donate between £500 and £1,000 to successful applicants.

So far we've donated £480,000 to 570 organisations - you too could receive extra funding.

Our ethics in action:

We have been looking after our customers' money since 1872. Uniquely, we are still the only high street bank with a customer-led Ethical Policy, which gives our customers a say in how we will, and will not, invest their money. It's one of the reasons we were named as 'Europe's Most Sustainable Bank' by The Financial Times in 2012.

What's more, we run our business responsibly according to the co-operative principles of value, fairness and social responsibility. So you can be confident that your organisation - and its finances - are in safe hands.

Find out more:

Call us on 0800 783 4741 quoting reference 35300. (We are here from 8:30am-6pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am-5pm on Fridays and 9am-midday Saturday). Or visit

Access to the Future Programme

The Access to the Future Programme, developed in partnership with Barclays, offers flexible and inspirational funding to help improve the employability of disadvantaged young people.

For more information visit



The Nationwide Foundation Small Grants Programme

Small grants can be applied for by registered charities working for the benefit of all older people or survivors of domestic abuse to improve their housing needs and address financial exclusion.

The Nationwide Foundation’s Small Grants Programme makes grants every two months. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities with incomes of under £750,000.

Our application process is very simple and we pride ourselves on processing grants quickly. If you would like to apply for funding and find out more about our criteria, you should visit or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


West Cornwall Youth Trust

The West Cornwall Youth Trust (WCYT) was established in 2009 to provide help to deserving young people to undertake worthwhile activities that they might otherwise not be able to afford. It aims primarily to offer financial assistance to charitable organisations who can, in turn, help West Cornwall youngsters between approximately 10 to 21 years of age who may be:

• Underprivileged.

Seriously financially constrained.

Socially disadvantaged.


West Cornwall residents are described as living west of a line approximately joining St. Austell to Newquay, including the Isles of Scilly.

The Trust expects that their financial support will help young people achieve some of the following:

Integrate and interact better socially with others.

Improve their self-esteem and confidence.

Respect and tolerate others.

To work as part of a team.

Understand and respond to self-discipline.

Experience responsibilities and leadership.

Widen their life skills.

Help to develop their physical, moral and mental abilities.

Develop their character leading towards responsible adulthood.

They aim to give disadvantaged youngsters the chance to experience activities enjoyed by their more fortunate peers, and favour educational or adventurous activities that provide an element of challenge.

They do not usually offer help with an organisation’s general running or core funding costs and The Trust is only able to support groups or organisations that meet their criteria, NOT individuals.

For further information and for how to apply to the West Cornwall Youth Trust use the following link


Grants Available for Groups Working on Disability Projects in Cornwall.

Cornwall Community Foundation currently have funds available for organisations who run disability projects in Cornwall.

The Clare Milne grants programme is available for small projects who work with disabled adults and have strong support from volunteers. Grants of up to £1000 can be applied as long as they are not already in receipt of a grant from the programme.

To apply for one of the grants, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it explaining the aims of the organisation, the project they are raising funding towards and how much funding is required. They will also require the status of the organisation (Registered Charity/ CIC etc.)