Funding Update

To access the funding websites for more information about the grants available, please select the individual names of each funding organisation. You can access the Funding Central database, links to funding websites and other useful information on the Grants Advice Service page.

People's Health Trust- Active Communities

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Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year. It can fund projects that are looking for between £5,000 and £50,000 to be spent over a miximum of two years. It is aimed at small, local projects that are genuinely designed and run by local people. This fund is aimed at projects that will help communities become even better places.

This fund will be open for applications to projects in the South West including Cornwall sometime during December. This web page will be updated when it is open, but further information can be found on the People's Health Trust: Active Communities

On Wednesday the 5th of December the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government published the Pocket Parks Plus prospectus inviting community-led applications for funding to recreate new green spaces of up to 0.4 hectares and to refurbish existing parks. Communities across England will have the opportunity to bid for up to £15,000 for a new Pocket Park project or £25,000 to renovate an existing park, to support them in taking control of their own green spaces. The local authority (Cornwall Council) has to agree to support the application and will have to hold the funds on behalf of the community organisation so in the first instance, please contact your Community Link Officer to discuss any ideas you might have. Information about these funds can be found on the MCHLG webpage

The Deadline for this funding is 5pm on Friday 25 January

Grants of up to £2,000 are available in support of exceptionally talented young musicians who are between the ages of 5 and 17 years old. The funding can help with:

  • The purchase or hire of musical instruments or accessories.
  • Music lessons
  • Music courses
  • Orchestra fees
  • Travel

Award payments are made to instiutions, music organisations, music teachers or suppliers and are made for youngsters from families who are strugging to pay for the next key step in the applicants musical progression. 

All information can be found on Awards for Young Musicians : giving talent a chance

Funding of between £300 and £10,000 is available for sports projects in England. The sport must be recognised by Sport England. The project must be for new activity or costs associated with helping more people play sport. 

For information look at the Sport England website. 

Grants are available to individuals or charitable organisations working with children and young people, particularly those disadvantaged by poverty and/or sickness. Applications can be made at any time in writing to:

Kenneth Dias, The Michael Crawford's Children's Charity, Regina House, 124 Finchley Road, London, NW3 5JS.

Small grants of £1,000-£10,000

Main grants scheme of £10,000 with no upper limit

Projects must be:

  • delivered in a core area 
  • be eligable under ERDF and ESF rules.
  • deliver at least one priority and objective
  • Not duplicate existing provision

These funds are managed through 4 Local Action Groups across Cornwall which each have their own priorities. All information can be found in the Community Led Local Development Cornwall webpages

Financial help for youth charities in Cornwall

At West Cornwall Youth Trust we believe that life is for living. In our view, young people who take part in challenging and broadening experiences come out the other side with invaluable life lessons – which help as they continue on the path to adulthood.

We recognise that activities are often expensive because of the costs associated with travel, equipment or a number of other factors. Consequently, not every family can pay for the kind of activity which their children may enjoy taking part in.

That’s where West Cornwall Youth Trust comes in. We established the trust in 2010 to provide support to deserving young people in Cornwall, with a view to enabling them to take part in worthwhile activities that they may otherwise not be able to afford.

The primary way in which we achieve this is by offering financial assistance or grants to charitable organisations who can, in turn, help young people in West Cornwall – generally those who live west of an imaginary line between St Austell and Newquay, including the Isles of Scilly.

We specifically aim to help young people between the ages of 10 and 21, who may be:

  • Underprivileged
  • Seriously financially constrained
  • Socially disadvantaged
  • Disabled

Other categories are also considered on a case-by-case basis at the Trustees’ discretion. 

We consider applications from organisations to the West of Truro but including those from the China Clay area.  

Read the latest newsletter.

Visit the West Cornwall Youth Trust website for full details

The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

Full information can be found at the Football Foundation website.

This information is gathered from a variety of sources.