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£96,500 Community Levelling Up grant awarded to Clay Country community hub

ClayTAWC in St Dennis

ClayTAWC, the resident focussed hub at the centre of the community in St Dennis and the surrounding areas, has been awarded a grant of £96,565 by Cornwall Council from the £7.6m Community Levelling Up Programme (CLUP). 

The CLUP investment will leverage an additional £73,894 of match funding from the St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust, which distributes funds raised through a planning agreement linked to the incinerator in the area. 

The CLUP grant to ClayTAWC, which is soon to become a registered charity, will go towards the purchase of the building from which it currently runs its services.  

With the building secured as a local community asset, new services and projects will be put in place to help and engage with residents including working with Healthy Cornwall on self-harm awareness (children and young people), mental health awareness, mindfulness, meditation and sleep hygiene, and menopause awareness. The ClayTAWC team will also be working with Volunteer Cornwall and the NHS (Integrated Care Board) to deliver diabetes prevention activities.   

The money will also improve the kitchen with the replacement of an old, energy inefficient cooker with a greener and more sustainable alternative that will help deliver a range of cooking-on-a-budget and healthy eating training sessions. 

In addition, there will be a project to create an historic archive through the local Old Cornwall Society and the University of Exeter. 

Local Cornwall Councillor and ClayTAWC Chairman of the Board of Directors Dick Cole said: 

“ClayTAWC has been an extremely important community hub at the centre of St Dennis for over 24 years. Our lease on the Old School building is coming to an end, but the grants from Community Levelling Up and the St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust mean that we will be able to purchase our centre and our important work will be able to continue.  

“This is an exciting time for us, and we would like to thank everyone who has backed our funding applications. We look forward to boosting the provision of services and activities out of ClayTAWC for the people of St Dennis, Clay Country and even further afield.” 

Cllr Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy, said:

“We saw a lot of great applications come in for the first round of Community Levelling Up, with £1.75m shared by 28 projects. This is the first successful grant application from the second phase of the programme and is exactly the kind of levelling up community initiative that the funding was designed for. I encourage more projects to get in touch to apply for this kind of funding.” 

Cornwall Council administers funding from the Community Levelling Up Programme, offering grants of between £5,000 and £200,000 to support projects that tackle priorities for funding identified by local communities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly  

Funding is still available, and applications are welcome from community organisations, CICs, CIOs, charities, businesses and town or parish councils. 

Community Levelling Up Programme and Expression of Interest  This funding has been allocated from Cornwall Council’s Community Levelling Up Programme. The Community Levelling Up Programme is part of the Good Growth Programme, which is delivering the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. 

Potential applicants can access advice and support through a team of facilitators available to help develop funding bids. For more information email 

Story posted 19 December 2023

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