For recently formed groups that do not have a constitution&/or bank account

Cornwall Council Community Chest Crisis Scheme

In the first instance, please email your Cornwall Council Community Link Officer (see contact details on the map in this link), copying in  They will then contact the relevant Cornwall Councillor/s to see if they are willing to support your project in principle, and have sufficient funds in their Community Chest to do so.  Each Cornwall Councillor has £2000 in their Community Chest, and demand is expected to be high.

If Community Chest funding is not available to you in your area, we can consider an application directly to us for up to £500 in the first instance.

Supporting documents for direct applications to CCF: We realise as a new group you may not have a constitution or governing documents and we have changed our process during the Coronavirus outbreak to be able to support the valuable community help you are providing.  We do ask you to:

demonstrate that your work is endorsed locally by providing a reference from your local parish or town council.
demonstrate that appropriate safeguarding has been considered, and you ensure volunteers are following guidance on safeguarding (NSPCC).
seek authorisation from another local charitable organisation or statutory organisation, e.g. parish council, to hold funds on your behalf if you do not have a bank account. We cannot transfer funds to private or business bank accounts.

Whilst we are using a simplified application process during the COVID-19 pandemic, we reserve the right to request additional information should it be required.

The reference from your local parish Council should be uploaded with your application, together with a letter of confirmation on headed paper from the organisation that will receive the transferred funds on your behalf.

To apply to the Emergency Fund, please click here.

For further information about applying please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Whilst we have currently suspended all other regular grant-making for projects, there are funds open that support individuals in crisis. Click here for details.

We are grateful to all our donors who have supported the Emergency Fund Appeal so generously.  Cornwall Council have donated £100,000 to the Emergency Fund and we are working in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust.