Each week, Cornwall VSF searches for relevant funding opportunities to help support and strengthen the sector. Please find these below with details of how to apply. We have also included grants and support available for the people you support – those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

FUNDING: disadvantaged young people

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the Ironmongers’ Company for projects in the UK that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 years to fulfil their potential. The Company is looking for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits to a specific group of children or young people with clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale. Find out more and apply by 31 July here

FUNDING: Covid-19 impact

Barclays is making 50 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable people and communities impacted by Covid-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis, as part of its Covid-19 community aid package. UK charities, with an annual income of at least £1m, are invited to apply to receive a donation of £100,000 to meet the needs of their communities as they emerge from the pandemic, including: help for people experiencing physical and mental health issues; financial assistance for people facing financial hardship; support for racially minoritised communities disproportionately impacted by the crisis; and enhancing digital accessibility. Find out more and apply by 6 August here

The Tanner Trust – grants generally between £1,000 and £10,000 for UK registered charities working in the UK and/or overseas. The Trust supports charities working in the areas of gardening, farming, countryside conservation, youth, health (particularly support for the elderly and people with a disability), culture and the preservation of buildings and overseas aid. In its last financial year the Trust made 103 grants totalling £444,720 with a noticeable number of awards to charities in Cornwall. Applications may be made at any time in writing.

  • Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time in writing.
  • Funder: The Tanner Trust (founded 1993. Charity number 1021175. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 March 2020: £444,720).
  • Who can apply: UK registered charities working in the UK and/or overseas.

Please note that the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website.

Applications may be made at any time in writing, addressed to:

Mrs L M Nottingham and Mrs A P Williams
The Tanner Trust
Blake Morgan
Harbour Court
Compass Road
02392 221122
(The Trust does not advertise an email address.)

The Ross Russell Trust – a grant-making Trust which is rarely featured in grant directories, the Ross Russell Trust makes grants to registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales working in the following areas: churches, education, medicine and social welfare. Write to the Trust at the address provided below for information about the availability of grant support.

  • Application deadline: none – contact the Trust about the availability of grant support.
  • Funder: The Ross Russell Trust (founded 1993. Charity number 1022570. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 May 2020: £365,600).
  • Who can apply: registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you’re interested in enquiring about the availability of grants support, we suggest you write to the Trust at the following address, as provided in its Charity Commission entry:

Graham Ross Russell
The Ross Russell Trust
30 Ladbroke Square
W11 3NB
020 7727 5017
(The Trust does not advertise an email address.)

COVID Local Support Grant – The Coronavirus pandemic has hit people’s finances hard, with many people struggling to make ends meet. The Covid Local Support Grant has been extended to 30 September 2021 and is available to support those most in need across Cornwall with the cost of food, energy (heating, cooking, lighting), water bills (including sewerage) and other essentials.

The grant is provided by the Department for Work & Pensions and delivered by Cornwall Council, the funding will be used to continue the supermarket voucher scheme during the school summer holidays for children eligible for free school meals as well as provide support for households without children.

Applications can be made through Inclusion Cornwall, anyone can apply even if they have previously received a payment from the Covid Local Support Grant. You can call the Hub phone number on 01872 326440. People can self-refer or have a referral made on their behalf.

For items relating to home heating and insulation including any breakdown in heating equipment such as oil tanks or boiler repair please contact Community Energy Plus by emailing advice@cep.org.uk or 0800 954 1956

Support if people need food – If anyone you support is struggling to access food, there is community support available. Please go to the Help with Food map on Cornwall Council’s website to see what support is available in your area.