Surviving Winter Fuel Fund
Description: The Surviving Winter Fund aims to raise money to offer financial support to the people at the most risk in Cornwall, helping them to stay warm, active and healthy. Grants are made to charitable organisations and agencies throughout Cornwall over the winter for distribution to people on low incomes, who struggle to heat their home and maintain a reasonable quality of life during the winter.
We have also received £33,000 funding from The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity specifically to help fund projects supporting elderly people and alleviating loneliness.
Maximum: Organisations can apply for a sum of between £200 and £1,000
Notes: These funds are for distribution in the winter months only.
Local charities and community organisations have a special role in reaching some of the people most at risk in our communities, developing trusted relationships and implementing practical support programmes that work. The work of local organisations is often preventative or complementary to statutory services.
The Surviving Winter Fund aims to raise money to offer financial support to the people most at risk in Cornwall, helping them to stay warm, active and healthy. These small grants can be accessed through a wide range of sponsor agencies throughout the county and are to help vulnerable people on low incomes, who struggle to heat their home and maintain a reasonable quality of life during the winter.
If your organisation would like to apply to administer these funds please see below how the grants should be distributed.
How much is awarded and how often? Local voluntary and community organisations can apply for a sum of between £200 and £1,000 depending on their capacity. The organisation then distributes these funds at their discretion to people most at risk, who are in poverty in order to help them stay well and warm during the winter months. These will generally be people who already use the organisation’s service and are known to them. We ask that only small amounts of money, usually £30 to a maximum of £100, are made available but in exceptional circumstances the Foundation’s Advisory Panel can be asked to consider a specific request for a larger grant. An organisation can also apply for a top-up grant once its initial fund is used up and reporting has been provided to CCF.
Examples of uses of grants:
• Purchase of a warm meal
• Support with heating / fuel costs including electric key meter top-ups
• Payments to help buy warm clothing or bedding
• Payment towards the cost of home insulation
Sorry but this fund cannot help:
• Holidays or respite breaks
• Specialised equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, stair lifts, Motability schemes)
• Structural or landscaping renovations
• Televisions, video and audio equipment or television license fees
• Medical treatments and prescription fees
• Computer hardware or software
What needs to be done?
We request reporting on all grants distributed by asking every grant recipient to complete and sign the questionnaire feedback form, this should be done before grants are made to individuals as evidence of spend. This is the responsibility of the organisation administrating the funds.
When requesting a top-up the above information needs to be completed and sent back to CCF.
The completed reporting documents must be returned to the Foundation no later than the 31st March 2019 or as soon as the grant monies have been spent, whichever is the sooner. Any unspent monies must also be returned by this date. If all reporting information is received satisfactorily, you may request a top-up grant as long as it is before the above date.
These funds are limited and distributed on a first come first serve basis, depending on need. We will endeavour to distribute the funds to a wide spread of organisations across Cornwall.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity is a supporting partner in the Surviving Winter campaign for organisations who support elderly people and half of the grant will be awarded on behalf of The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.
Apply online: begin your application
Winter Wellbeing Guides
Cornwall Council have worked in partnership with over 30 organisations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to provide helpful guides on keeping well, warm, happy and safe this winter. This document will be uploaded shortly.