Funding opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Cornwall, including funds for those who work in the Newquay area in surf or sport, those supporting families in need, and those who work to address a variety of social problems.

Warburton Families Matter Community Grants Programme

Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families and have a direct and tangible social impact on communities.

Grants of up to £250 are available for not for profit organisations with charitable purposes. Organisations should be targeting key social issues and be able to provide evidence of the impact of their work.

Funding is available for projects that focus on supporting families that need the most help and are in line with the following social themes:


  • Health – help families lead healthier lifestyles.
  • Financial stability – help families manage their finances.
  • Worklessness – help families recognise the economic and social benefits of employment.


  • Health education – help educate families about healthy lifestyles (no Project Grants).
  • Aspiration – help raise career aspirations to improve prospects for them and their families.
  • Employability and skills – help raise employment prospects for family members seeking employment.

Community grants can be used for something specific that will benefit the cause the organisation supports, such as buying equipment or supporting a community day.

Applications are considered quarterly.

For more information visit the Warburtons website.


Power to Change Community Business Fund

Power to Change is an independent charitable trust which is using a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to support community businesses that are working to address a variety of social problems, from saving local shops to providing affordable housing.

Grants between £50,000 and £300,000 will be available for eligible projects. Eligible projects must:

Be based or incorporated in England, have at least one year of financial accounts and share the following four key features:

  • Locally rooted – based in their community.
  • Accountable to local community – accountable to local people.
  • Trading for benefit of local community – profits must stay in the area.
  • Broad community impact – benefit the community as a whole address and can clearly evidence the positive social impact on the broader community.

The grants can be used for:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs.

Power to Change will fund up to 75% of revenue costs, up to 75% of the building related capital costs and 100% of other capital costs, such as the purchase of a vehicle.

Interested organisations are encouraged to read the guidelines for round 7 which can be found on the Power to Change website and to attend the free webinar on 25 April (14:00 to 15:00). Registration is required.

Full details can be found on the Power to Change website.


Boardmasters Foundation

Launched in 2017, the Boardmasters Foundation is back for its third year of supporting the culture and surrounding communities that are at the heart of the festival.

The foundation aims to support individuals, groups, charities and organisations that fall under one of their three key pillars of focus – Culture, Force for Good and Community.

Culture: Recipient or organisation that is heavily involved with and promotes surfing, sports, music, arts or Cornish culture.

Force for Good: Recipient or organisation that is involved with improving, raising awareness and supporting societal issues such as (but not limited to) homelessness, mental health and negative environmental impacts.

Community: Recipient or organisation that is local to Cornwall (preferably Newquay) and enhances, educates or supports the lives of locals in the area.

In past years, Boardmasters Foundation have supported local projects, organisations and charities such as Surfers Against Sewage and the UK Pro Surf, Porth Residents Committee, the Porth Town Band and St Mawgan Minis Football Club.

Applications are now open and can be completed on the Boardmasters website.

Applications close on 31 July.