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Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations 2014-2015

Here you can find total spending made by the Council to VCSE organisations in the year 2014/15.  This consists of all payments made, be it grants, general spend or other payments.

Cornwall Council follows the definition given in the “Local transparency guidance – Publishing spending and procurement information.” The Code defines voluntary and community sector organisations as “a non-governmental organisation which is value-driven and which principally reinvests its surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives”.

Social enterprises are defined as “a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose and is a business which:

  • aims to generate its income by selling goods and services, rather than through grants and donations
  • is set up to specifically make a difference, and
  • reinvests the profits it makes for the purpose of its social mission”

Cornwall Council has highlighted the following of types of organisations which have been included in the grants/spending extract for 2014/15.

  1. organisations registered with Charity Commission England and Wales, Office of the Scottish Charities’ Regulator and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
  2. organisations of social benefit, often registered as companies limited by guarantee, but which choose not to register as charities.  (For example Business Improvement Districts which are not for profit.)
  3. hived-off parts of former statutory services, for example residential care homes, sports and recreation centres, usually registered as companies limited by guarantee, or with the Charity Commission
  4. housing associations
  5. co-operatives, mutual and social economy bodies and/or registered as Community Interest Companies (CIC)
  6. community groups with some degree of organisation, but without registered status
  7. ad hoc steering groups and economic and community development bodies, often newly-created for the purpose
  8. partnerships and hybrid bodies, with independent status
  9. churches and religious groups (where they are funded to provide socially-driven services, for example play for children, older people’s groups), 
  10. independent research institutes and units
  11. recreational and sports clubs of community benefit
  12. may include charitable funds held by any other local government body
  1. NHS Trust funds
  2. universities, adult education colleges (higher and further education institutions) and all Voluntary-Aided or Foundation schools i.e. the maintained education sector, even where it has charitable status
  3. all other exempt charities, for example private trusts
  4. work-based co-operatives and economic co-operatives such as the Co-operative Society and mutual building societies
  5. all Government agencies and non-departmental public bodies that have charitable status (for example, the Arts Council England, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, the Big Lottery Fund)
  6. sports clubs which operate exclusively for profit, including most professional football clubs
  7. private social and sports clubs that have a closed membership (for example most golf clubs), except where they can demonstrate wider public benefit.

For the purposes of the report, playgroups were left out as the funding and governance of these organisations was difficult to confirm due to some being attached to schools whilst others were in community settings often attached to a local church.

Village Halls and Church parochial parish councils were included as they have exempt status and/or are charities or trusts.

Parish Councils were classed as other public sector and were excluded from the analysis, irrespective of the purpose of the grant funding.

Please note that due to ongoing changes being made to our payments system, future reports should be able to provide a more detailed breakdown of spending. 

You can also find a breakdown of payments made under the Members Community Chest Scheme (these have been included within the general spending spreadsheet). Each Cornwall Councillor has a small grant allocation to assist projects run by voluntary and community groups in the Cornwall Council area that they represent. Details of grants awarded under this scheme can be found on the relevant Community Network Area pages