We know only too well that Cornwall has historically relied on EU funding. The impacts of that being gradually withdrawn, coupled with the Covid recovery leave concerns for the VCSE sector.

Despite the positive messages from Boris Johnson on Danny Kruger’s report: Levelling Up Our Communities, the charity sector still feels it is being taken for granted.

In the spring budget, the Chancellor failed to offer any increase to Gift Aid or increased funding for charities. This had been called for by the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign.

Fear not, we have compiled a list of funding opportunities.

SHORT DEADLINE: Sea changers grants


Revenue grants up to £1,200 for UK-based marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations for marine conservation projects.
Application deadline: Wednesday 31st March 2021.
FunderSea-Changers (founded 2010. Charity number 1142119. Scotland charity no. SCO43922. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 December 2019: £27,000).
Who can apply: UK marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations, including schools, for projects that take place in the UK.

Short deadline: Woodward Charitable Trust

THE WOODWARD CHARITABLE TRUST SUMMER PLAY SCHEME GRANTS 2021 – Grants of between £500 and £1,000 for locally-based UK registered charities with an annual turnover of under £100,000 for children’s play schemes this summer.
Application deadline: Thursday 8th April 2021 at midday. 

Funder: The Woodward Charitable Trust (founded 1988. Charity number 299963. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 5 April 2020: £191,043, of which £34,200 was awarded to 65 Summer Play Schemes).
Who can apply: UK registered charities with an annual turnover of under £100,000.

find out more information Woodward Charitable Trust’s Summer Play Schemes Grant 

Cornwall Council’s Back to the Future fund

The ‘Back the Future Cornwall – Climate Action fund’ will support projects that are working towards goals such as:  

  • reducing carbon emissions from households, businesses or organisations 
  • promoting sustainable choices and behaviour change 
  • creating new opportunities for renewable energy 
  • supporting climate resilient communities and spaces 
  • promoting the removal of carbon from the atmosphere through nature-based solutions, and more!

Further details of this allocation will follow

The Ragdoll Foundation: Small Grants Programme

 Revenue grants up to £1,500 for not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people aged up to 18 (or up to 25 in the case of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability) in the UK through the arts, artists and creative media.  

Application deadline: Friday 7th May 2021 (further 2021 deadlines are provided below).
Funder: The Ragdoll Foundation (founded 1999. Charity number 1078998. Total charitable expenditure during the year ended 31st March 2020: £268,028).
Who can apply: UK not-for-profit organisations. The Foundation mainly funds arts organisations. However, it will fund other not-for-profit organisations that partner with an arts organisation.

The Rowing Foundation grants

The Rowing Foundation provides small, one-off grants to support the activity of rowing, with a preference for applications that encourage participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment, such as boats, oars, rowing machines (ergos), safety equipment and sculls. Grants of between £500 and £3,000 for schools, organisations and clubs in England, Scotland and Wales for projects that enable greater participation in rowing, particularly through the provision of equipment for the young or disabled.

Application deadlines: Monday 24 May (and Monday 22 November 2021)
Funder: The Rowing Foundation (founded 1980. Charity number 281688. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 December 2019: £63,302).
Who can apply: schools, organisations and clubs in England, Scotland and Ireland that are involved in the water elements of the sport of rowing and who are individually affiliated to British Rowing.