We provide grants to local community groups and charities who are working to benefit our residents and our Parish environment.
Grant budgets are set annually at the beginning of each financial year.
Priority is given to Penzance-based organisations. However, the Council will consider grants to organisations not based in Penzance where they can show they are directly working with, or on behalf of, Penzance Parish residents.
Within our grant budget we have three different grant pots:
1. General Grants
These are available for local projects and events in our Parish.
For grants of over £1,000 applicants will be required to present their proposals to the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
For grants of over £3,000, applications will always be referred to Full Council for a final decision after approval by the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
These are available for environmental projects and events that help to raise awareness and/or address the Climate Emergency in our Parish.
All applications are considered by the Climate Emergency Sub-Committee in the first instance before progressing to the Finance & General Purposes Committee/Full Council as appropriate.
This grant funding was created to provide support to projects whose aim is to help tackle social problems affecting the community such as (but not limited to): drug & alcohol abuse, homelessness, poverty, and social inclusion.
All applications are considered by the Social Action Fund Sub-Committee in the first instance before progressing to the Finance & General Purposes Committee/Full Council as appropriate.
1. Make sure you read our Grant Policy to check you meet the criteria:
2. Download and fill in our application form (the same form can be used to apply for all grants listed above):
3. Send your completed application form to the Penlee Centre – you can do this by email or post.
Grant applications must be received at least 1 month before the next meeting of the Finance & General Purposes Committee or other appropriate Committee – check our meetings timetable.
(If you require the application form in a different format please contact us)
During the financial year 2022/23, we awarded £164,399 of grant funding to over 20 local organisations:
Find out more about some of our past grant applicants and how our funding has helped them and residents in the local commuinty:
There are lots of other sources of funding that local groups can apply for, including:
If you require any of the documents on this page in a different format please contact us.