Funding Sources

When looking for funding for your organisation, and for the individuals you work with, we suggest that you start with Cornwall Council’s funding page, and also look at other funding resources:

Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council has an extensive resource section for voluntary organisations, including funding information.  Their Councillors’ Community Chest scheme is open for organisations that are not formally constituted (eg Mutual Aid groups),  and  the rest of their funding section is subdivided into Government /national grants;  sports/creative/heritage, community groups; Assistance for individuals & households as well as general support. This has been newly updated (5 June) and is a great, comprehensive list, showing what each fund can be used for, and by whom, with links to the relevant websites & application portals. (There is also a very helpful list of awarding bodies that have temporarily paused their applications process, due to being over-subscribed.)

NCVO – National Council for Voluntary Organisations

The NCVO has been collating quantities of useful information for third sector organisations during the pandemic.  Included in this list are government-based and independent funding resources.

GRIN – Grant Resources Information News

GRIN is an independent organisation dedicated to signposting funding resources to not-for-profit organisations, with a focus on South-west organisations (they’re based in Devon). It has a useful blog on its website, and sends a daily funding bulletin to members, with the latest news and opened funding pots. The daily newsletter costs £15/year for individuals, and £25 for organisations with multiple subscribers, and the website is free to access.  In May, the website included an alphabetical list of COVID-19 funding providers, in the blog, spread across 3 days – A-E, F-M, N-Z. There is plenty of additional information elsewhere in the blog, and Cornwall VSF receives the newsletter, so we can highlight interesting developments.

Rural Funding Digest

The Rural Services Network publishes information specific to rural communities, and the challenges we face. In addition to news around parliament, and other issues, they publish a Rural Funding Digest every month, which you can sign up to receive, for free, or find on their website here.

Transformation Cornwall

Transformation Cornwall have compiled a list of funding sources for foodbanks, grassroots organisations and faith based social action projects.

Key funding resources

The major local funder, in addition to Cornwall Council, is Cornwall Community FoundationThe CCF Covid-19 Emergency Fund has received hundreds of thousands of pounds from local donations, as well as a share of money donated via the National Emergencies Trust, and other national funding programmes.  This Fund supports organisations, and has a linked list of other organisations that could help groups which fall outside their eligibility criteria. Non-constituted groups can apply to this fund, if Community Chest funding is not available in their area.

The National Lottery Community Fund is also distributing government funding and has a simplified application process at this time.

Cornwall VSF news stories around funding developments

In addition to these funding sources, Cornwall VSF has collected information around funding resources and produced articles about funding.

VCSE training course – writing funding bids – organised by CRCC, on behalf of Cornwall VSF – Fully booked – contact CRCC to be kept informed of future training.


Online training course ( cost £147) to teach organisations how to write attractive funding bids.

eBay has launched a programme to teach charities about using its platform for retail

Support around funding bids and future planning (24 June) Data is key, for organisations writing funding bids and making plans for their futures. Find out some of the best information around the impact of the coronavirus for your area.

Financial Advice round-up for individuals facing difficulties (20 May) – for organisations to use with the individuals they support.

Selection of ideas and links for local organisations struggling with fundraising (20 May) – this contains suggestions to help motivate and inspire supporters, rather than funding streams, includes Challenge 2.6, and other resource sites.

Funding resources

Hardship funds for individuals and families – Hardship grants and funding resources for individuals and families – extensive resources and searchable databases, to support vulnerable people in your community.

Funding resources 28 September – Creative Cornwall Calling crowdfunder; Leaders with Lived Experience; for financial inclusion; for cultural organisations plus updates on NET and Gov’t funding allocations.

Funding 21 September – for local climate-related projects, disabled people affected by COVID-19, young people at social disadvantage, big environment projects and marine conservation.

Funding resources 10 September – Funding opportunities for community support, social enterprises, LGBTQ+, reopening football venues, community justice, museums and galleries, and developing enterprise opportunities.

Funding resources 4 September – Funding opportunities, both COVID-related and more general, for community groups, deprived children, disabled adults, theatres, music, and other groups.

Funding resources 25 August – Funding update – for community projects in TR12, emergency digital projects, Homelessness charities, horticulture, and fine arts.

Funding resources 19 August – Funding opportunities – to develop a website or digital products, around renewable energy adoption, for heritage, galleries & artists, and significant change projects.

Funding 14 August – CRCC’s wellbeing community grants, for children with special needs, the environment, social enterprises, BAME-led groups, the arts and heritage, literacy & employment skills, and news about VAT on digital advertising.

Funding 6 August – Funding with short deadlines for community led organisations, challenging discrimination, fighting poverty and promoting human rights, Heritage organisations, and Arts for mental health. Plus health charities and energy advice. Plus news around SME grants, and a funding call for start-up business training/support.

Funding resources 29 July – Funding for: reopening the arts, environment, medical welfare, recovery for those supporting people with complex social issues (especially BAME charities) and marginalised groups, veterans support, and sports development

Funding resources and news 23 July –  for disadvantaged young people, community initiatives, building repairs and disabled people.

Funding resources 16 July – New funding announced – the National Lottery Community Fund Partnerships, including for social enterprises (SHORT DATE), plus for armed forces, and children & young people.

Funding resources 9 July – for the cultural sector, domestic abuse support services, for suicide prevention, a ‘small charity survival fund’, and focussed on rights and justice

Funding resources 2 July – creating entrepreneurs in S & E Cornwall, for children, homeless, equine and animal welfare, suicide prevention, innovative community projects and around human rights. (2 July)

More funding resources – for COVID-19-related welfare support (with short deadlines), and others around welfare, support for vulnerable groups, and heritage preservation. (24 June)

Further funding – SHORT DEADLINE National Lottery fund, plus BBC Children in Need, registering for the Big Christmas Give, and protective security around places of worship. (18 June)

Further funding opportunities – Covid-19-related funds for dairy farmers, heritage buildings and food-aid charities, and organisations supporting older people, people of colour and domestic abuse victims. (11 June)

Non-covid-specific funding opportunities including for housing, children and adults with disabilities or other special needs, rehoming pets, and planting trees. (11 June)

News from Clinks, for voluntary sector organisations working in the criminal justice sector (20 May) Includes a grant fund for small organisations working in criminal justice sector

Expansion of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan to include charities (5 May)

Announcing a grant fund for mental health providers (20 April)

Announcing the new government support for charities (9 April) includes details of how to access the funding.

An early list of funding providers for pandemic-related activity (31 March)