Helping organisation with my The Councillor’s Community Chest

Each year every Cornwall Councillor has a small pot off money to help local organisations with small grants. This grant can either be for individual projects or just for matched-funded.

Last year my pot of money helped these organisations and projects:

Applicant Project Amount
The Mike Edwards Fund Defibrillator £400
Helston Business Improvement Partnership Helston Christmas Town Centre Events £250
Porthleven Food & Music Festival Porthleven Food & Music Festival £500
Porthleven Town Council Preacher Steps Safety £277.16
Porthleven & Sithney Guisseny Twinning Assoc Breton Twinning Visit £300
Porthleven Community Group Skate Park Project £467.84
Total £2195

This fund has now been replenished and there is a total amount of £2000 available. This can be applied for between £100 and £1,000. Project costs of up to £500 are 100% fundable, but projects over £500 you can only apply for a maximum of 75% of the total project costs. The closing date for applications is Feb 2016.

Grants are not normally offered retrospectively to fill unexpected funding gaps i.e. the project should not begin before a community chest application has been approved. Repeat funding for supporting established public events and newsletters is permitted but the provision of funding does not indicate that future funding will be given Furthermore, grants are intended to support specific project costs only and not to be used for an organisation’s running costs.

The grant can be used for most things, but the grant cannot be used for include; retrospective funding to fill funding gaps not identified before project commencement; salary or routine administration costs; Political activities, lobbying or campaigning; Exclusively religious activities (although faith groups may receive funding for community development or self-help activities. In this case the application must show that the project will bring wider community benefit and that the primary purpose of the activity is not religious). Projects which in the assessment of Cornwall Council show actual or potential unlawful discrimination within the terms of the Equality Act 2010; Statutory activities/requirements; hospitality (catering and refreshment costs) and applications from individual commercial organisations.

So if your project has a connection to my electorial division please fell free to get in touch. Remember every Cornwall Councillor has this pot of funding.