Applying for a grant from the Emergency Fund

Our Cornwall Emergency Fund Appeal enables us to offer grants to organisations operating in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly working with people who may be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These grants are to cover the costs for additional work, over and above normal activities, and in response to the immediate relief of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis for your members or beneficiaries.

As part of the Appeal, we are delighted to be receiving funding from the National Emergencies Trust and DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport). We are also grateful to have received generous donations from Cornwall Council and The Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Trust.

Please note the fund cannot support individuals, businesses and statutory bodies such as councils or health institutions.

Funding will continue to be targeted at:

  • Organisations working to combat hardship including economic, social or health impacts caused by the pandemic
  • Organisations that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained including those who are self isolating, community response co-ordination and informal groups responding to the crisis
  • Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency health and social care provision, or compliment their response
  • Organisations supporting people or communities who gave been disproportionately affected

For example, projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Support for vulnerable and older people in their homes, providing food and medicine
  • Funding for community groups that are linked into the hubs being created to coordinate the above
  • Special provision of crisis services for rough sleepers and those living in temporary accommodation with changed practices to keep clients and staff as safe as possible
  • Free takeaway lunches and online youth services for young people in a very disadvantaged area, supported by local volunteers
  • Training for new volunteer advice workers
  • Non-perishable food and essential living and baby items for distribution to destitute refugees and asylum seekers
  • To reach (with support and information) local residents who don’t have access to the internet/smartphones – via self-care packages, coordinating volunteers and keeping the local ‘hub’ accessible to them.

Organisations the Emergency Fund can support:

  • Registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations
  • Constituted organisations and non-registered charities
  • Community interest companies and community benefit societies
  • Churches and other religious organisations (if the activity is not deemed to be proselytising)
  • Partnerships or organisations working collaboratively can apply. The lead applicant would need to be one of the above

Guidelines for large charities:

  • Only support large local organisations with new initiatives not normal core costs.
  • If the groups have a very large surplus we support half the requested money expecting them to use their reserves for the other half. We do want to encourage new initiatives not dampen.
  • National charities applying to us should have a maximum income of £1.5 million but local charities are exempt from this.

Community Interest Companies (CICs) and social enterprises

If you are a CIC or social enterprise, please click here for specific criteria that apply.

Core requirements for applications to CCF for grants:

Each application will be considered on an individual basis, with grant awards ranging from £1000 to £5000.

We support not for profit community groups or social enterprises (you don’t need to be a registered charity but your activities must be considered charitable) operating in Cornwall who have the following:

  • You must have a recognised governing document e.g. Constitution, Articles which outlines the organisation’s objectives and it must have a Dissolution Clause
  • You must have a minimum of three unrelated members on your Management Committee or if you are a Registered Charity you must have three unrelated Trustees registered with the Charity Commission
  • All details registered with the Charity Commission must be 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, you must have a Safeguarding Policy in place, we would expect to see your Safeguarding Officer’s named and contact details within this policy
  • You must be able to provide up to date annual accounts for your organisation
  • You must have a bank account in the organisation’s name which requires two unrelated signatories for all withdrawals
  • In date relevant Insurance Policies
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • A written reference from an independent referee could be requested by CCF at any stage of the application process

Sorry, we do not fund:

  • Projects not benefiting people living in Cornwall
  • Profit making organisations
  • Groups with significant financial free reserves
  • Statutory/public sector organisations such as health authorities, schools, hospitals, parish and town councils
  • Contribution to endowment fund, 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 if they are not independent i.e. you must have your own local accounts and management committee and benefit local people
  • Groups whose beneficiaries are not people
  • Projects that help only one individual
  • Groups that have had a previous grant which has not been managed satisfactorily or has not provided the relevant reporting
  • Projects intended to influence people’s religious choices or to promote a particular belief system. Churches and faith based organisations may still be funded provided that the grant benefits the wider community. Faith based organisations should clearly demonstrate their community engagement in their application.

What happens when you have applied:

  • On receipt of your application an assessment will be carried out, we may be in contact if further information is required.
  • We will endeavour to process your application and get an outcome to you within 3 – 5 working days.
  • We will communicate with you by e-mail so please use an e-mail address that is regularly checked.
  • When submitting your application you will tick a box agreeing to the terms and conditions of the grant, please keep a copy for your records.

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

TO APPLY TO THE EMERGENCY FUND, please click here.

Support and grants available from other organisation