Cornwall Social Inclusion Fund

Get up to £5,000 in match funding to reduce isolation and loneliness in Cornwall

Crowdfunder and Cornwall Council have come together with the Social Inclusion Fund to support small-scale projects that are helping adults to connect with their local communities, improving mental health and wellbeing and building self-confidence.

About this fund

Cornwall Social Inclusion Fund
Cornwall Social Inclusion Fund
Get up to £5,000

Any local “non for profit” organisation that wants to improve social inclusion and wellbeing for people in Cornwall can be eligible.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.

How does crowdfunding work

  • We will fund 50% of your project target (up to a maximum pledge amount of £5000) if it meets our eligibility criteria.
  • First you would need to crowdfund 25% of your project target from a minimum of 25 unique backers, then we will match 50% of the money (up to to a maximum pledge amount of £5000) and you will then need to raise the remainder of your target before it closes.
  • Your project must be funded 100% to secure the Cornwall Social Inclusion Fund.

Eligibility Criteria:

Cornwall Social Inclusion Fund will focus on helping local community projects to get started, grow and develop, this may include:

  • Help with marketing and promotion;
  • Coordination of resources;
  • Access to volunteers;
  • Coaching and leadership support
  • Advice on long term funding

The projects may take the form of one to one or group support to help adults to:

  • Improve wellbeing and wellness
  • Build their self-confidence
  • Change their psychological perspective and thinking
  • Connect to their local communities
  • Get out and about
  • Link with other people with shared interests
  • Live independently in their own homes
  • Get back to work or education
  • Access technology
  • Applications will be expected to demonstrate how you will monitor and review progress as well as ensure the project is sustainable on a longer term basis.
  • The projects need to evidence real benefits for residents of Cornwall and a designated area of Cornwall.

What’s not eligible?

  • Capital costs required for the development of premises or building projects
  • Political and religious activities (although faith groups may receive funding for community development or self-help activities. In this case the application must show that the project will bring wider community benefit and that the purpose of the activity is not religious)
  • Loans and/or interest payments
  • Funding cannot be used to purchase alcohol or illegal substances.
  • Any costs that are indirectly related to the projects for example staff

members who are not directly working on the project.

  • Funding will not be granted to offset any previous loss in funding or existing models of delivery.
  • Funding does not replace any previous funding programmes and cannot be used to fill any gaps left by the withdrawal of other grant giving programmes. It will therefore not support existing activities and repeat or regular events, including those the Council have funded before.

Eligible Organisations

Any locally constituted and recognised ‘not for profit’ organisation which seeks to serve the people of Cornwall will be able to apply for funding, including, but not limited to:

  • Parish or Town Councils
  • Local action groups – environmental, community associations, development trusts, peer support
  • Religious groups where the project will bring wider community benefit
  • Groups and organisations that support vulnerable people
  • Village or community hall associations
  • Old Cornwall Societies
  • Community archaeology or local heritage groups
  • Royal British Legion and Services’ benevolent societies
  • Organisations promoting the locality
  • Sports and recreation groups
  • Other constituted/recognised ‘not for profit’ groups.
  • Cornwall-wide, regional and national organisations are eligible, but only for projects delivering a clear and demonstrable benefit to the environment of Cornwall.

Due to the nature of this fund there will be a commitment to safeguarding the welfare of adults and children and to working in partnership to protect vulnerable groups from abuse.

You will need to ensure policies and procedures for safeguarding and protecting adults and children that are in accordance with current legislation and are reviewed annually will be in place.

How to apply for this funding

Start by setting up a crowdfunder project, if eligible you will be able to apply

Crowdfunding in 60 seconds

Got a minute to spare? Watch our 'how it works' animation. You'll get a brief overview of how crowdfunding works and what extra support, services and money that only Crowdfunder can give you.

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How +Extra funding works

start crowdfunding

Start a project

Start a new project on Crowdfunder, tell us the basics and a rough outline of your story. Then we can show you funds that you may be eligible for.

Get the word out

Apply for funding

You can then choose to make an application for a relevant fund. If a partner likes your project, they may agree to support it.

Get funded

Start crowdfunding

Start raising money from the crowd and once you reach an agreed percentage of your target, one of our partners could boost your total with a large donation.

We're with you every step of the way

Crowdfunder Knowledge Hub

Crowdfunder Knowledge Hub

The go-to place for all the advice and guidance to help you make your project a success no matter what stage you're at.

Interactive sessions

Join our interactive sessions

Our team regularly host live and interactive sessions to share all the tips and know-how you need to be successful on Crowdfunder.

The Help Centre

The Help Centre

If you're not sure where to start, our Help Centre will give you all of the information you need to see success with your crowdfunding project.

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