Guidelines for applicants to the Cornwall Emergency Fund

To ensure our grant-making is open, transparent and fair, we have established the following guidelines. The guidelines apply to both strands of funding below.

Funding is available to meet two strands of community need:

1. Emergency and crisis: for community groups helping people survive during the crisis by supporting their immediate, emergency needs.

2. Build Back Better: for community groups looking beyond immediate crisis provision to develop or reopen services for the future.

The Fund is open to the following organisations:

  • registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisation
  • constituted organisations and non-registered charities
  • special arrangement apply for community interest companies and community benefit societies. For details, click here)
  • churches and other religious organisations (for community support activities only)
  • partnerships or organisations working collaboratively. The lead applicant would need to be one of the above
  • special arrangements apply for large organisations. For details click here

The fund does not support individuals, businesses and statutory bodies such as councils or health institutions.

How much can you apply for?

Each application will be considered on an individual basis, with grant awards ranging from £1,000 to £10,000 (or larger in exceptional circumstances).

What costs can you apply for?

You are welcome to apply for any costs related to eligible services/activities that are meeting: 1. emergency and crisis needs and/or 2. building back better, including:

staff costs, volunteer expenses and training, perishable and non-perishable goods, small capital items such as remote working equipment and protective equipment, overheads and core costs.

You will need to have the following supporting information to submit with your application (groups awarded a CCF grant since January 2019 do not need to submit supporting documents, unless they have been revised):

  • a recognised governing document e.g. Constitution, Articles which outlines the organisation’s objectives and it must have a Dissolution Clause
  • confirmation you have a minimum of three unrelated members on your Management Committee or if you are a Registered Charity we ask there are three unrelated Trustees registered with the Charity Commission
  • please ensure your details registered with the Charity Commission are up to date if you are a Registered Charity or a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • if you are working with children and/or people at risk, please submit your Safeguarding Policy with your Safeguarding Officer’s named and contact details within this policy
  • up to date annual accounts for your organisation
  • a bank account in the organisation’s name which requires two unrelated signatories for all withdrawals
  • in date, relevant Insurance Policies
  • an Equal Opportunities Policy
  • very occasionally, we may require a written reference from an independent referee

Sorry, are not able to provide funding for:

  • commercial, profit making organisations
  • groups with a significant free reserve balance
  • statutory/public sector organisations such as health authorities, schools, hospitals, parish and town councils
  • contributions to an endowment, payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans
  • grant making organisations or bodies who fundraise or distribute grants on behalf of other organisations
  • retrospective grants
  • regional offices of national bodies that do not have their own local accounts and management committee and benefit local people
  • groups whose beneficiaries are not people
  • projects that help only one individual
  • projects intended to influence people’s religious choices or to promote a particular belief system. We can support community welfare activities by religious organisations.

What happens when you have applied?

  • on receipt of your application an assessment will be carried out. CCF or one of our external assessors may contact you if further information is required.
  • we will endeavour to process your application and get an outcome to you within 10 – 15 working days.
  • we will communicate with you by e-mail so please use an e-mail address that is regularly checked.

For further information, about applying to the Emergency Fund , please visit Frequently Asked Questions.


Support and grants available from other organisation.