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.

We are currently accepting applications

Our Community Fund operates in rounds. We accept applications for a specific period after which successful projects are selected and notified. If the current round is closed, please check back soon for the next round.

Download application form
Download supporting information
Email the team

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.

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


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
  • Truro


  • Praze-an-beeble
  • Camborne
  • Pool
  • Redruth
  • Portreath
  • Porthtowan

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