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 Community Fund is run by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group. It’s chaired by one of our non-executive directors, with help from an independent panel from the local community. This committee sets the eligibility criteria for the fund, looks at its effect in the community, and meets at least three times a year to evaluate funding bids.
There are two kinds of grant you can apply for. One ‘HERO project’ will be awarded up to £10,000, with a further possibility for up to eight projects to receive grants at levels of up to £5,000, £2,500 or £1,250. There are extra requirements to qualify as a HERO project, and you should make it clear which funding level you’re applying for on your application form.
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
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
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
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