Isles of Scilly Steamship Group Community Fund

The main aim of the fund is to support local projects and good causes that have a tangible on-going positive impact from a community, social or environmental perspective.

The fund will be administered by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group and will be chaired by one of the Company’s non-executive directors supported by an independent panel of community representatives. The committee are responsible for defining and reviewing the eligibility criteria for the fund and they will assess the impact of the scheme on the communities it aims to serve. The committee will meet at least three times a year to evaluate bids for funds and award relevant sums to individual projects.

Applicants will receive a letter notifying them whether or not their application has been successful following the Committee meetings. Project organisers can apply for grants between £500 and £3,000 per project but funding offered by Isles of Scilly Steamship Group will not exceed 50% of the total project costs. There will be three application rounds each year. The Committee has the discretion to modify the minimum or maximum limits for funding or the frequency of awards throughout the year. Successful applicants are not able to reapply for another grant within a 12 month period.

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First ever kit for Scilly footballers thanks to Steamship Company

Young footballers on the Isles of Scilly have celebrated the start of 2017 by wearing their new club kits for the first time. The players debuted the kits on Saturday (7th) and have been proudly wearing them around the islands. The Five Islands Football Club has never had a club kit until now, and it…

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Third round of Community Fund awards open

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…

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Steamship Company lights up St Erth thanks to award from Community Fund

Three hundred energy-efficient bulbs will be lighting up the village of St Erth this Christmas thanks to a donation from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s Community Fund. The committee which runs the Christmas lights applied for a grant from the £30,000 Community Fund to help pay for the replacement of hundreds of bulbs to…

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Steamship Company to give away £9,000 in grants

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company will be giving away more than £9,000 to local good causes as part of its commitment to giving something back to the communities it serves. Nine projects that will benefit local communities have been chosen to receive the money in the second round of awards from the company’s £30,000…

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Three new schools in business competition thanks to grant

Three Cornish schools are taking part in this year’s Young Enterprise Company Programme for this first time, thanks to a grant from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. Pupils from Mounts Bay Academy, St Ives School and Redruth School are now battling against 14 other teams to become the best young business brains in Cornwall.…

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First joint camp for Scilly Brownies and Guides thanks to Steamship Company

Brownies and Guides on the Isles of Scilly have been camping together for the first time this week thanks to the arrival of a huge marquee paid for by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. Thirty girls from the 1st Isles of Scilly Brownies and Guides have been camping at Sandybanks Farm on St Mary’s,…

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Final call for applications to second round of grants

The final call for applications to the second round of awards from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s £30,000 Community Fund is being made this week. Projects that will benefit communities on the Isles of Scilly and in West Cornwall have until the end of the month (August) to apply for a grant. Bids to…

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Scilly family embark on 850-mile charity cycle

A Scilly family is cycling unsupported from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for charity – despite only having five miles of island road to practice on. After winning a £650 grant from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund to pay for all their travel expenses and make the challenge possible,…

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Poetry Postie delivers inspiration to Isles of Scilly

A unique project which aims to deliver poetic inspiration to the nation has taken place on St Mary’s, thanks to a £1,500 grant from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund. Poetry postie Sally Crabtree held workshops with pupils at Five Islands School to show that poetry can be fun and doesn’t have to…

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Second round of Community Fund awards open

Projects that will benefit communities on the Isles of Scilly and in West Cornwall are being invited to apply for a grant from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s £30,000 Community Fund. Applications for the second round of awards from the fund will open at the start of July. Bids to the Community Fund are…

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Steamship Group announces first Community Fund awards

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the first recipients of its £30,000 Community Fund. Grants of between £150 and £1,500 will support six projects that will benefit communities on the Isles of Scilly and in West Cornwall. They include: A project to help support a fundraising cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s…

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Locations

Projects for which grants are requested must be located within the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly region as indicated on the map and including the following areas:

  • The Isles of Scilly
  • Penzance
  • Land’s End/Sennen
  • Marazion
  • Mousehole
  • Newlyn
  • St Just
  • St Buryan
  • Hayle
  • St Ives

Qualifying projects

  • Education (all ages)
  • Local projects and skills
  • Young people
  • Protection for the local environment
  • Specific community projects

Not-for-profit projects that create tangible longer-term benefits in the above categories will be given priority over other applications. Applications for projects outside the above categories can be considered and funded by the Committee on a case-by-case basis if sufficient local community or legacy benefits can be identified.

Qualifying organisations

Organisations that qualify and are eligible for funding:

  • Voluntary community groups or charities
  • Schools and education establishments
  • Community clubs or societies
  • Individuals undertaken projects for the benefit of the wider community

Excluded organisations

Grants will not be available for any large organisations such as:

  • Commercial organisations
  • Isles of Scilly Council, Cornwall Council or the Duchy of Cornwall
  • Projects that only benefit one individual
  • Projects that have already reached their conclusion regardless of their payment status
  • Projects that promote a specific religious, social or political positioning
  • Sponsorships or general fund-raising that does not have a specific target or defined end result

Judging criteria

The following criteria will be used to review and assess applications:

  • The amount of support and involvement shown towards the project from the community
  • The immediate benefits from carrying out the project – economic, educational, social, environmental or otherwise
  • The locality of the project
  • Who and how many people will benefit from undertaking the project
  • Security of the project’s overall finances and likely delivery

Other considerations

The following factors should be stated within the application:

  • Can the applicant/s complete the project within the specified timeframe and to an acceptable standard?
  • Is the project sustainable after its roll-out, what efforts will be made to ensure its continuation?
  • Return on investment
  • Any other criteria that the Committee judge to be specifically relevant

How to apply

Download application form

Download supporting information

Email

Alternatively, pick up a printed application form from either of our travel centres in Penzance or St Mary’s. The dates for Community Fund Committee meetings will be shown on our website.

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