IOS Steamship Group Announce Return Of £30,000 Community Fund

Poetry postie Sally Crabtree held workshops with pupils at Five Islands School on St Mary’s to show that poetry can be fun and doesn’t have to be boring. £1,500 was awarded to help with this initiative in Scilly and Cornwall. 

Poetry postie Sally Crabtree held workshops with pupils at Five Islands School on St Mary’s to show that poetry can be fun and doesn’t have to be boring. £1,500 was awarded to help with this initiative in Scilly and Cornwall. 

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the return of its Community Fund with up to £30,000 available to support local projects and good causes on the Isles of Scilly and across Cornwall.

The fund, which was launched in 2016 and is part of an estimated £1 million that the Steamship Group returns to the community every year through subsidised travel for islanders, NHS flights, sponsorships and charitable donations.

In its first year the Community Fund awarded £22,000 to 18 different projects ranging from a new marquee for the Isles of Scilly Brownies and Guides Group, to a new CCTV camera to cover a blind spot at Cape Cornwall for the National Coastwatch Institution.

A total of £650 to support a Scilly family who cycled unsupported from John O’Groats to Land’s End in July 2016 – despite only having five miles of island road to practice on. Pictured here the Morel Family. 

A total of £650 to support a Scilly family who cycled unsupported from John O’Groats to Land’s End in July 2016 – despite only having five miles of island road to practice on. Pictured here the Morel Family. 

Details of how to apply for this year’s fund will be announced in the very near future. 

Sharon Sandercock, Marketing and Communications Manager of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the fund in its first year, and look forward to launching the latest round. The Steamship Group returns around £1 million a year to the communities it serves and we look forward to supporting many more projects on the islands and mainland.”

A donation of £1,500 to Brownies and Guides on the Isles of Scilly, who went camping together for the first time in August 2016 thanks to the arrival of a huge marquee paid for by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. 

A donation of £1,500 to Brownies and Guides on the Isles of Scilly, who went camping together for the first time in August 2016 thanks to the arrival of a huge marquee paid for by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. 

Bids to the Community Fund are open to voluntary groups or charities, schools and education establishments, community clubs or societies, and individuals undertaking not-for-profit projects for the benefit of the wider community. The Fund originally operated in the islands and West Cornwall only, but will be extended to cover all of Cornwall this year.

In the first round awards of £6,750 were given to six different projects. Eight good causes received a share of more than £9,000 in the second round of awards, and £5,700 was given to three projects in the final round.  

Full details, eligibility criteria and application forms will soon be available from the Steamship Group’s website. All projects are judged by members of an independent panel.