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.
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