Please read this page carefully – we have made important changes to our grant application process

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from Cornwall Community Foundation. You are in good company, we have awarded more than 370 grants to community groups during 2020 amounting to £1.6 million.

About our grants
We assess and award targeted grants to grassroots community groups, charities and social enterprises to support the people that need help most. Our aim is to make Cornwall a better place to live and work and create positive change for one and all. If your community group or charity operates in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly and you are supporting people in Cornwall it is likely we will have grant funding available to support your work.

We provide grants for 1. community groups, charities, social enterprises and 2. individuals

1. You can now apply to One Cornwall programme for grants for COMMUNITY GROUPS, CHARITIES AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISES based in Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly.

We have moved our regular funds into one main programme. We have funding available for emergency and crisis support and for recovery from the effects of the pandemic. We administer several area funds covering most of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and we have funding available for crime prevention, to improve the natural environment, to improve physical health and wellbeing and to support young people, elderly people and people with a disability.

Grants range from £1,000 – £5,000

Our priorities
We will be giving priority to groups who are reaching the most vulnerable or at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impact as a result of COVID-19. However, we are also keen to receive applications from organisations who support general well-being in their communities.

Previous recipients of grants, including the Emergency, Crisis and Build Back Better funding, are welcome to apply for further funding. Groups that have not been operating during the crisis may also apply for funding to re-open services.

We are unable to support statutory/public sector organisations such as health authorities, schools, hospitals, parish and town councils. For a further list of what we are unable to support please view our guidelines below.

Next steps
Our application process starts with an ‘Expression of Interest’ form. It should take no more than ten minutes to complete. This enables us to match your project with current funding opportunities. We will respond to your expression of interest within five working days for further information or to invite you to complete a full application.

We only accept one expression of interest in at any one time unless prior arrangements have been agreed.



2.  We also have funds to support INDIVIDUALS, in particular for the following areas:

  • Young carers
  • Young people who are disadvantaged and at the edge of exclusion from school
  • To support young people who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing
  • People struggling to stay warm and healthy during winter
  • People who are in crisis

Grants for individuals range from £200 – £1,000.