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Grants to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations 2015-2016

Here you can find total grant spending made by the Council to VCSE organisations in the year 2015/16. 

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 2015/16.

  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.

Please note that the 2015/16 information includes ALL spending to VCSE organisations and not just grant spending. Therefore a comparison should not be made between the 2014/15 information and future years (2016/17 onwards) which include grant spend only.