A PHILANTHROPIC business group has made grants of £17,694 to help improve lives and communities throughout Cornwall.
Ten groups were awarded grants ranging from £500 to £3,000 by the Cornwall 100 Club, the business arm of the Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF).
The money is being used to improve community spaces and provide activities that bring communities together. The first round of funding in 2014 went to Marhamchurch Village Hall, Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadets, Hayle and District Bowling Club, the Sculpture Workshop CIC, the Seeds Project, the Menheniot Old School Trust, 1st Stoke Climsland Scout Group, Newlyn Archive, St John Village Hall Committee and Pengegon Institute Trust Community Hall.
Chairman Toby Ashworth said: "I'm delighted to be able to support the grassroots organisations and their volunteers in our Cornish communities to maintain their work. Our mission is to help build stronger communities by supporting the isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged through grant awards. Our aim this year is to continue to extend our membership and to increase our grant-making capacity."
The CCF's development director, Tamas Haydu, said: "There are neighbourhoods with high levels of deprivation in Cornwall; it's very inspiring to see local businesses supporting the communities in the county."
Established in March 2008 to support projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Cornwall 100 Club awarded a total of £40,300 in 2013.
It encourages projects which incorporate a combination of the following themes:
improving community spaces (village halls and outside recreational spaces);
providing a service from which the whole community can benefit;
business and communities working together.
A second round of funding will be available later this year.
To find out how to apply or contribute, visit www.cornwallfoundation.com
The site also lists the businesses involved in this initiative.