The third and final round of this year’s Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s £30,000 Community Fund is now open to applications from local good causes.

As part of its commitment to giving something back to the communities it serves, the company has so far given away £16,000 to 15 different projects that will benefit people in the Isles of Scilly and West Cornwall.

Bids to the Community Fund are open to voluntary groups or charities, schools and education establishments, community clubs or societies, and individuals undertaking not-for-profit projects for the benefit of the wider community.

In the first round of awards, a total of £6,750 was awarded to six different projects and in the second round of awards eight good causes received a share of more than £9,000.

Applications for the third round of awards from the fund are open now and will close on Friday February 10th.

Previous recipients of the money include:

  • £1,000 towards the first ever kit for Five Islands Football Club
  • £1,500 towards a new marquee for the 1st Isles of Scilly Guides and Brownies, allowing them to hold their first joint camp in August 2016
  • £600 to support Julian Morel and his sons Finley, 13, and Shea, 11, who cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in July 2016 to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Society and support the memory café on the islands
  • £2,000 towards a creative literacy project working with children on the Isles of Scilly, Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance, taking the history of Royal Mail Ships as inspiration.
  • £150 to help convert St Erth’s Christmas lights to low-energy LEDs
  • £1,000 to support the charity Young Enterprise to deliver hands on enterprise and financial education programmes in schools in West Penwith.

Terry Ward, chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund, said: “We are now inviting applications for the third and final round of funding for this financial year and are looking forward to making a difference to several more worthwhile causes.”

Full details, eligibility criteria and application forms are available from the Steamship Group’s website and the recipients will be announced later this year. All projects are judged by members of an independent community fund panel.