Another financial year and another pot of money, to help make a difference in our local community, is open to applications. Full details of this years scheme and how to apply can be found Cornwall Council’s Community Chest scheme. Priority will be given to organisations that have not previously received funds and to those affected by broader Cornwall Council budget cuts so please take this into account when wording your application.

Allocation Decisions for 2015/16

Bosavern Community Farm £700: £500 towards their programme of rural skills courses & £200 for a project to move the public entrance, for safety reasons

Penzance Youth Football Team £25 towards new kit – other Councillors made a larger contributions but as there is currently a local youngster with them I felt a small contribution was justified.

St Just & District Trust, Miner’s statue project £500 towards the citing of the statue at the entrance to Geevor and a contribution to setting up a memorial garden there.

The Centre of Pendeen, £100 to continue with their digital inclusion project. My contribution allows people on benefits to access the Internet for free. This works alongside money that DCH have contributed to help their residents.

St Just Sports Centre, £300 to allow a staff member to attend a spin bike course to expand this provision.

The Ark pre-school £140 for safety helmets for outdoor play on scooter and tricycles etc

Cornwall Air Ambulance £235 towards keeping the ambulance flying



Each Cornwall Councillor has been allocated a Cornwall Council Grants budget that they can allocate to small community projects in their local area. Grants of between £100 and £1,000 can be given.

What’s eligible?
Applications should focus on projects which deliver a clear and demonstrable benefit to the local community within the Councillor’s electoral division. Here are some examples:

  • Improvements to a community centre or village hall
  • Starting a local history group
  • Setting up and publishing a new parish newsletter
  • Projects involving the well being of older or younger people
  • Planning and publishing village walks
  • Purchase of play and exercise equipment for community use
  • Local training schemes
  • Childcare schemes
  • Projects that help tackle unemployment and its impacts.
  • Tourist information leaflets.
  • Public events, festivals and exhibitions
  • Additional winter Salt Bins (and refills) to be managed by local parish councils or residents associations

What’s not?

  • Retrospective funding to fill funding gaps not identified before project commencement
  • Salary or routine administration costs
  • Political activities, lobbying or campaigning
  • Exclusively 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 primary purpose of the activity is not religious)
  • Projects which in the assessment of Cornwall Council show actual or potential unlawful discrimination within the terms of the Equality Act 2010
  • Statutory activities/requirements
  • Hospitality (catering and refreshment costs)
  • Applications from individual commercial organisations
  • Clothing/Uniform for the sole use of an individual
  • Funding for national or regional projects

Full details of the criteria and grant application forms are available from Cornwall Council officer Kerri Kendall on 01736 336732 or email I would welcome applications from projects that have not received Cornwall Council Community Chest Grant funding before, projects that can use my support to obtain other sources of funding and those that benefit hard to reach groups.

I have a budget of £2,195 and I want the money to make a real difference to our community. Money for 14/15 is all committed.

Grant Allocations for 2014/15 (Some photos will be added as physical projects are underway/ complete)


£100 to Broomfield Animal Sanctuary to support their TB Vaccination campaign.

£200 to Penwith Radio to support their moving from the Internet to FM. Other Cornwall Councillors are also considering this application as it covers an area wider than St Just.


£1,000 to St Just Rugby club towards cost of flood defenses to protect club and wider community. A new patio will also be established.


£500 to Pendeen football club as a contribution towards a new storage facility for their ground maintenance equipment.

February 2015

The final £395 of my grant, for this year, goes to St Just Football club. The club plan to put the money towards upgrading the grandstand and changing facilities and repairing a collapsed section of wall. (Whole project estimated as costing £800)

Grant allocations for 2013/14:


St Just Allotment and Growers Association – £500 for materials to make tree bog toilets at Kenidjack. A community chest first!

Sue James attended the official opening on Sunday 18 May.

Tree Bog opening

Cllr Sue James inspects the Tree bog, funded through her community chest grant

St Just Allotment and Growers Association Tree Bog was officially opened for business at their annual bar-b-q. Cllr Sue James, who contributed to the funding of the project from her Councillor’s Community Chest fund cut the tissue ribbon to officially declare it ‘open’.

Centre of Pendeen – £250 – to help fund a project to increase access to the Internet for people on benefits. I am optimistic that this can link with the Employment Skill pilot and make a difference to people looking for work.

Helping people looking for work in Pendeen access the internet more easily.

Helping people looking for work in Pendeen access the internet more easily.

West Penwith Elderly Person Contact Project – £50 towards tea parties and outings. Other Councillors have contributed to this from their fund.


I have given £500 to help fund a sensory garden at Cape Cornwall school for their new Kites base for children with special needs. Other Councillors have given £150; £100 from Cornelius Olivier, member for Penzance Central and £50 from Sue Nicholas who represents Marazion and Perranuthnoe.

Garden at Kites Cape Cornwall School

Hopefully this area will soon be brighter for the children attending Cape Cornwall School Kites

Final For This Years Allocations in March 2013

£1,000 to St Just Sports Centre to repair the roof.

£500 to the Plen Project to provide some gates to the new building, helping to secure the project boundary and give a nice entrance to visitors.

The Knut Gates

Cllr Sue James admires the gates funded by her community chest fund

£200 to Pengarth Day Centre, towards a new Combi Steamer Oven, to ensure they can continue to provide meals for the elderly.