Get up to £4,000 to help Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030

Crowdfunder and Cornwall Council have come together to support projects and activities that will help Cornwall become carbon neutral and tackle climate change. 

We want to inspire and back projects that support the Council’s climate emergency response and ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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About the fund

Active Cornwall Council: Carbon Neutral Cornwall Fund project fund
Cornwall Council: Carbon Neutral Cornwall Fund
Get up to £4,000

The Carbon Neutral Cornwall Fund provides vital funding to projects or ideas that are helping tackle climate change through reducing carbon production; the removal of carbon from the atmosphere; environmental activity that is not tree planting; or increasing community resilience

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.

Eligible organisations

If your idea or project meets the criteria you can apply for a grant to match fund between 20% and 40% of costs, up to £4,000 although for exceptional projects that could offer a larger impact we may offer grants of up to £15,000.

Carbon Neutral Cornwall Fund grants will be pledged once the applicant has reached 25% of their target from a minimum of 25 unique backers.

Constituted community groups are eligible for up to 40% match funding

Incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible for up to 30% match funding

Incorporated for-profit organisations are eligible for up to 20% match funding.

Your project will need to support our climate emergency response through one of the following:

  • Reducing carbon emissions from households, businesses or organisations
  • Promoting sustainable choices and behaviour change
  • Creating new opportunities for renewable energy
  • Supporting climate resilient communities and spaces
  • Promoting the removal of carbon from the atmosphere through nature-based solutions (excluding any project under £2,000 in total value, these projects are supported by the Grow Nature Seed Fund and also excluding any activities supported by the Forest for Cornwall Fund i.e. tree planting)

The funds cannot be spent on:

  • Retrospective funding to fill funding gaps not identified before the project starts.
  • Salary or routine administration costs.
  • Political activities, lobbying or campaigning.
  • 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).
  • Contributions in kind through volunteer time.
  • Clothing/Uniform for the sole use of an individual.
  • Funding for projects not delivered in Cornwall.

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Produce a brief final project summary (a simple template will be provided)
  • Produce evidence of eligible expenditure if requested, e.g., receipts, quotations
  • Contribute to news stories about the project as requested

Please read the terms and conditions here.

How to apply for funding

Start by setting up a crowdfunder project, if eligible you will be able to apply 

Projects supported by Cornwall Council

Crowdfunding in 60 seconds

Got a minute to spare? Watch our 'how it works' animation. You'll get a brief overview of how crowdfunding works and what extra support, services and money that only Crowdfunder can give you.

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How +Extra funding works

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Add your idea to Crowdfunder

Start a new project on Crowdfunder, tell us the basics and a rough outline of your story. Then we can show you funds that you may be eligible for.

Get the word out

Get the word out

You can then choose to make an application for a relevant fund. If a partner likes your project, they may agree to support it.

Get funded

Get funded

Start raising money from the crowd and once you reach an agreed percentage of your target, one of our partners could boost your total with a large donation.

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