Cornwall Glass Fund – Grant Awards 2020

With more uncertainty around the corner and a winter of discontent, seemingly on the cards The Cornwall Glass Fund panel were privileged to award grant funding, in excess of £20,000, to a variety of groups and organisations across Cornwall.

The work of many of these organisations has become increasingly difficult over the past few months but undeterred they have adapted and continue to offer support and aid to communities across the county.

We welcomed applications from organisations; assisting young people to achieve their ambitions, supporting people with mental illness and projects benefiting older people.  Due to the pandemic, we also included support for core costs too on the condition that the other priorities were met.

The number of applications received was considerably lower than previous years and with so many community groups not able to meet and or operate, we were delighted to get the number of applicants we did. All of our application administration is dealt with by the Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF). The CCF are a registered charity who manage various funds (including ours) and work to bring together businesses and individuals who want to help Cornish communities. Their knowledge and access to grassroot, community groups enables businesses like ours to grant awards to groups that need it most.

Below are the names and a short description of the organisations that we’ve awarded grant funding in 2020:

Rest With Joseph and Friends  – A registered charity who will be purchasing land in Cornwall for a burial and memorial garden for late miscarriage babies born sleeping before 23 weeks.

” It brought tears to our eye to be awarded such a significant amount. We cannot thank you enough for all you do for the community. A touching moment the coincided with Baby Loss Awareness Week “

EFGI Cornwall Aid Centre – Working tirelessly to bring to bring aid, training and comfort to local Cornish communities.  Their grant will enable them to make Christmas  memory hampers for OAP’s who have been restricted during the Covid – 19 pandemic.

St Tudy Village Hall – This vital, community venue in rural North Cornwall has toilet facilities in vital need of updating so they can be kept hygienic. Perhaps not the most glamorous grant request but much needed as communities try to reconnect.

Cruse Bereavement Care – To support vital training to existing Bereavement Volunteers to ensure they have the skills and confidence to support bereaved people in Cornwall following the Covid -19 outbreak.

“This is fantastic news, thank you so much. We’re absolutely thrilled as this will make a huge difference to bereaved people in Cornwall, especially during this particularly difficult time.”

Lanner Football Club –  A FA Charter Standard amateur football club situated in West Cornwall. To pay for their entry into the Flexi League and provide changing facilities for this much need community group.

“This is absolutely brilliant news for us, thank you so much. ..we very much look forward to being able to use those funds to help keep our small club alive and hopefully have a little progress.”

Cornwall Dyslexia Association – Provide support and services for dyslexic children and adults of all ages, their parents/families, educators, employers and the wider community. Their grant award will provide core and operation costs to enable delivery of volunteer led advice services across Cornwall.

A Band Of Brothers – Help to mentor young men empowering them to grow and develop, improving their lives and the communities they live. Awarded funds to assist with costs for building a covered outside space to allow them to continue with their 1-2-1 mentoring training program for older men.

Pool JFC – A girls junior football team based in West Cornwall who are determined to offer a fun and inclusive training environment for the young people in their community. Their grant will allow them to purchase equipment.

The Garden Nursery Preschool  – For children aged 2 – 4 years to learn through play indoors and outside. This was a retrospective grant to pay for new flooring so the nursery was able to be Covid-19 compliant allowing them to reopen after lockdown.

“Thank you so much for your email. The Preschool Management Committee are delighted with the award, particularly as we appreciate that an exception was made because we were applying retrospectively.”

People Power Science CIC Ltd – A not-for-profit social enterprise committed to Marine Biology education and research based near Falmouth, Cornwall. Grant awarded for training, advice and feedback in local marine environment which will encourage people to get active and outside connecting with nature in a safe, enjoyable and innovative way.

Perranporth Memory Café –  Opened to enhance the wellbeing and the quality of life of those who have memory loss café like this have suffered due to the pandemic. This grant will provide various equipment for guest to use within Covid – 19 restrictions when they visit the café.

“On behalf of the Committee of the Perranporth Memory Cafe I would like to sincerely thank Cornwall Glass for their support and the award of this Grant. This will help us in the coming months to help those in our Community in these very austere times.”

Breath Communities – A pioneering community church providing workshops for the elderly and those with poor mental health in Penzance Cornwall.

“Thank you so much for this, great news in this really difficult time for our community and County.”

To Life CIC – An original work theatre company creating and performing productions across Cornwall. Grant funding awarded for Theatre production costs.

“Many thanks for informing us of this wonderful news, we are delighted.”

Camborne and Redruth Live at Home Scheme – Promoting independence and wellbeing for people aged 60 and over enabling them to continue to live in their own homes. Their award is for entertainment including talks, and presentations.

“There have been some changes within MHA and Live at Home is changing its name to MHA Communities, the two schemes one at Camborne & Redruth and the other at Saltash are merging into one scheme, which will be known as MHA Communities – Cornwall.  We are ring-fencing all grant funds to ensure that they spent as originally agreed and will report on them accordingly.”

YMCA Cornwall – An independent local charity providing supported housing for vulnerable young people aged 16 – 25 who are homeless or at risk in Cornwall. Funding for new CCTV cameras linked to their existing system to enable peace of mind and security for young people.

“Thank you so much for your email, we are thrilled to hear that the panel has awarded us £900 from the Cornwall Glass Fund to help fund our CCTV upgrade requirements. Many thanks for the notification … great news!”

Threemilestone Methodist Church – Threemilestone is a friendly, welcoming Methodist Church who pre Covid -19 drew worshippers from a wide area. Alongside their own fundraising they have used this grant to purchase tablets to enable older people to feel connected.

“Thank you so much for supporting our project. We hope to make a public announcement shortly, we are just finalising one contract. Please could you supply us with some promotional material so that we can make the announcement reflecting all our supporters.”

Lusty Surf Life Saving Club – A non profit-making charitable operation, that trains young people life saving skills and promotes physical activity through regular local and national competitions. Their grant will be used to purchase Nipper Rescue Boards to enable their older nippers to train on appropriate equipment for their age and size.

For more information on our next round of grant funding please do get in touch