Community and voluntary groups in Cornwall have benefited from Cornwall Council Community Chest grants worth a total of more than £104,000 over the last eight months.

Each of Cornwall Council’s 123 councillors has a total fund of £2,000 to support projects run by not for profit groups in their local area. So far they have handed out 368 grants that have benefited a wide range of people and activities from community facilities and environmental projects to schemes promoting healthy living, music and sport.

Cornwall councillors have given grants towards everything from skate parks to public access defibrillators. Many groups have used the grants to attract match funding, leading to nearly £670,000 more pouring in to local projects and organisations.

Jeremy Rowe, Cornwall Council Localism Portfolio Holder, said: “These small grants can make such a big difference. They are spread across a wide range of community groups and support so many diverse projects that they touch the lives of a huge number of local people. By using the Community Chest grants to secure match funding from other grant providers, some groups have been able to multiply their value many times over, benefiting their communities even more.

“There’s still time for local organisations to apply for funding from this year’s Community Chest grants. Talk to your Cornwall councillor to find out whether they can support your application.”

Not for profit groups can apply for Community Chest grants of between £100 and £1,000. Details are available on our Community Chest page and the closing date for applications is 12 February 2016.

Some of the groups that have received Community Chest grants this year include:

East Cornwall

  • Bodmin Carnival Group – £239 for a community picnic
  • Bude and Holsworthy Paramedics – £1,000 for a resuscitation simulator project
  • St Breward History Group – £500 for publication of a memories book
  • St Mellion Village Tenants’ and Residents’ Association – £500 for a street party
  • Torpoint and Rame Youth Project – £500 for ingredients and utensils for a youth cooking project
  • Westcountry Rivers Trust – £250 for a River Ottery conservation volunteers project
  • National Coastwatch Institution – £200 for anti glare blinds for lookout windows
  • Wadebridge Creative Cultural CIC – £1,350 (grants from four councillors) for the Bikelights 2015 night-time parade of illuminated bicycles

Mid Cornwall

  • Indian Queens Pit – £500 for improved disabled access to the community hall
  • Treviglas Community College – £650 for a peace garden
  • St Agnes Tennis Club – £348 for a junior development programme
  • Friends of Sandy Hill Park – £800 to create a natural play area and community garden
  • Frontline Emergency Equipment Trust (FLEET) Ltd – £1,000 for public access defibrillators
  • Truro River Rowing – £825 for a new gig

West Cornwall

  • Beacon Cricket Club – £968 for a mobile safety screen
  • Mylor Parish Council – £500 for an emergency and flood plan
  • Godolphin Cross Community Association – £360 for a mobile skate park
  • Hayle Surf Lifesaving Club – £300 for a surf lifesaving event
  • Newlyn Harbour Lights – £250 for Newlyn Harbour lights

Story posted 3 December 2015