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May has started with some super support for the sector from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. As a patron of some of Cornwall’s larger charities, she is a passionate advocate of the voluntary sector. We have brought together the funding opportunities in Cornwall this week below. Watch out for a very close deadline.

**SHORT DEADLINE** 9 May – Boost Drinks ‘Choose Now’

Public voting grant scheme offering grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to a range of UK organisations for projects that will make a lasting difference to local communities.

Application deadline: Sunday 9 May at 23:59
Funders: Boost Drinks Limited (Boost Drinks Limited is a Leeds, West Yorkshire based private limited company, incorporated in 2001. The Boost Drinks programme is being managed by Groundwork UK).
Who can apply: UK registered charities, community groups, Community Interest Companies, health authorities, social housing agencies, lower-tier local authorities (i.e. district and borough councils) and other forms of not-for-profit organisation such as sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks.

Boost Drinks Limited has established a small grants budget worth £20,000 as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.

The Co-op Community Fund


Small grants for locally based, not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that help people access food, help improve mental wellbeing and offer young people the opportunity to develop new skills which will benefit their community.

Application deadline: Sunday 30 May 2021 at midnight.
Funder: The Co-operative Group Limited.
Who can apply: any UK not-for-profit organisation within the vicinity of a Co-op Store or Funeral Home. Eligible organisations include UK registered charities, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, Community Interest Companies (CICs), community and voluntary groups, Community Benefit Societies, churches or chapels that are ‘excepted’ charities, Co-operative Societies, Credit Unions and Scout, Guide or Woodcraft Folk groups.

The Co-op Community Fund’s terms and priorities are on their website.

The Toy Trust

Grants generally less than £5,000 for smaller UK registered charities providing projects that support disadvantaged and disabled children aged under 13 and their families. Grants are available for UK charities for activities within the UK and overseas.
Application deadline: Wednesday 30 June 2021.
Funder: The Toy Trust (founded 1991. Charity number 1001634. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 December 2019: £170,217).
Who can apply: UK registered charities with a UK base
The Toy Trust awards generally small grants under £5,000 to “such charity or charities or charitable purposes connected with children as they (the trustees) shall in their absolute discretion decide“.

The Worval Foundation 

Grants averaging £2,000 for voluntary, charitable and community organisations enabling disadvantaged young people in Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly aged 10-15 to access opportunities that will help them improve their lives and life prospects.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time.
Funder: The Worval Foundation (the grant programme is managed by Cornwall Community Foundation on behalf of the Worval Foundation)
Who can apply: voluntary, charitable and community organisations working to improve the quality of life of children and young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

The Worval Foundation aims to provide opportunities for young disadvantaged people, primarily aged between 10-15 years of age but not exclusively, who are on the edge of exclusion from school or are finding it hard to cope, possibly due to an illness, learning difficulties or life circumstances. Grant awards are intended to make a life changing impact on young people.