Meet the Funders is an innovative year-long programme providing conferences and workshops to inform, inspire and strengthen community work in Cornwall.

Meet the Funders supports projects that address poverty, exclusion, isolation, and rurality.

We believe that the best people to develop flourishing communities are the communities themselves and that faith groups in Cornwall are at the very heart of that!

About Meet the Funders

Run in partnership between Transformation Cornwall & the Diocese of Truro, The Meet the Funders programme runs throughout the year and is open to people and organisations of all faith and none.

It begins with a large spring event where major local and national funders meet participants seeking funding for social projects.

The spring event is supported by a series of smaller community workshops. The workshops take participants through the key stages of developing, funding, and sustaining a community social action project.

Throughout the Meet the Funders programme we join with our 'Experts Through Experience' who are people with lived experience of going through similar processes to our delegates. Through sharing their successes, top tips (and recommendations of areas to avoid), participants frequently say that our ‘Experts' give them the inspiration, confidence and common sense ideas to take their projects forward.

2022 Meet the Funders Programme

The Meet the Funders Programme is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary of providing innovative community funding support in Cornwall during 2022!

Throughout the Meet the Funders programme we join with our 'Experts Through Experience' who are people with lived experience of going through similar processes to our delegates.

2022 Spring Event

We’re delighted to announce the dates for our Meet the Funders Spring Event on will take place on Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th May 2022 between 10:00am-1:00pm.

The event will be online via Zoom and we are making our two-day event as innovative and useful as possible.

The event is open to people and projects of all faiths and none.

The days will be hosted by the Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Revd Hugh Nelson, and Donna Birrell, Vice-Chair of Churches Together in Cornwall. Confirmed funders include: Benefact Trust, Cornwall Community Foundation, National Lottery Community Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, National Churches Trust, Cornwall Historic Churches Trust, Joseph Rank Trust, ASDA Foundation Grants as well as our own 'Experts Through Experience'.

Please book HERE

2022 Community Workshop Programme

The Meet the Funders programme runs throughout the year, with our spring event followed up with a series of community workshops designed to take you every step of the way in setting up and strengthening your community projects.

Details of our 2022 community workshop programme will be released in the coming weeks.

Catch Up on the Meet the Funders 2021 Programme

Spring Event Resources - Living Today with Tomorrow in Mind

Spring Event Toolbox

Spring Event Funder Presentations

Workshop 1 - Vision Setting and Project Planning

Workshop 1 Resources

Workshop 2 - Funder and Data Workshop

Workshop 2 Resources

Workshop 3 - Fundraising Through Tourism and Finding Funders

Workshop 3 Resources

Workshop 4 - Living Today with Tomorrow in Mind

Workshop 4 Resources

Workshop 5 - Funder and Grant Application Workshop

Workshop 5 Resources

Workshop 6 - Buildings Workshop

Workshop 6 Resources

Meet the Funders was a great start to my journey into fundraising…. It helped to de-mystify some aspects of applying for grants with a reminder that behind the online applications, real people are engaging with projects.

Jac Smith, Fundraiser, Truro Lifehouse