Hundreds of voluntary and community groups in Cornwall have benefited from Cornwall Council Community Chest grants worth £214,716 during the 2016/17 grant scheme. With grants still being processed as we approach the end of the financial year, it is expected that the final total will be nearly £245,000.

Every year 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. This year they have handed out 751 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 cinema equipment for a community cinema to trombones for Town Bands. Many groups used the grants to attract match funding, leading to over £2m more pouring in to local projects and organisations.

Jeremy Rowe, Cornwall Council’s Localism Portfolio Holder, said: “Community Chest grants support a wide range of projects and groups that make a difference to so many individuals and communities across Cornwall.

Many of Cornwall’s voluntary and community groups use these small grants to secure match funding from other grant providers, boosting their value many times over and greatly increasing their benefit to local communities.”

Last year Cornwall Councillors supported community projects including:

East Cornwall

  • River Recreation Centre CIC – £900 for West Quarries Picnic Site
  • Launceston Rifle and Pistol Club – £480 to purchase of air rifle and bag
  • Padstow and District Lions – £300 to support Padstow Carnival 2016

Mid Cornwall

  • St Goran Community Land Trust Ltd – £500 for the conversion and refurbishment of Gorran Old School
  • Newquay Education Trust – £454 for a wildlife garden
  • Roseland Rugby Club – £500 for mobile training lights.

West Cornwall

  • Out and About with Highway Farm – £300 for a fundraising event.
  • Lelant Village Hall – £500 for hall refurbishments.
  • Diana Close Residents Association – £650 for a treadmill.

The full list of Community Chest grants can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Networks webpage.

The arrangements for applications for the 2017/18 grant scheme will be announced a few weeks after Councillors take office following the elections on 4 May 2017.

Story posted 16 March 2017