Meet the Funders (MtF) is an innovative year-long programme that strengthens 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

The Meet the Funders programme runs throughout the year and is open to people of all faith and none.

It begins with a main 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.

Meet the Funders workshops are delivered with people who have lived experience of developing their own projects. Participants frequently comment that our ‘Experts Through Experience’ give them the inspiration, confidence and common sense ideas to take their projects forward.

Upcoming Meet the Funders Events

Meet the Funders Community Workshop Programme 2021

Learn more about what we have in store throughout the year through our Meet the Funders Community Workshop Programme HERE


Meet the Funders Spring Event May 2021 Resources
Our 2021 Meet the Funders Spring Event took place online in May 2021.

Funders at the event included Allchurches Trust Ltd; Cornwall Historic Churches Trust; Groundwork SW; The National Lottery Community Fund; The Joseph Rank Trust; Cornwall Community Foundation; and National Churches Trust.

You can download a copy of all funders presentations HERE

You can download a copy of our event Toolbox with a comprehensive list of additional local and national grant funders HERE

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Catch up on the Meet the Funders 2020 Programme

Workshop 1 - Developing Your Project

Recording of the workshop held on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 and speaker presentations. A chance to catch up on and overview learning with your project team.

Workshop 1 Resources

Workshop 2 - Using Data and Top Tips

Recording of the workshop held on Thursday 1st of October 2020 and speaker presentations. A chance to catch up on and overview learning with your project team.

Workshop 2 Resources

Workshop 3 - Key Questions and Where to Find Funders

Recording of the workshop held on Wednesday 11th of November 2020 and speaker presentations. A chance to catch up on and overview learning with your project team.

Workshop 3 Resources

Workshop 4 - Funders Workshop

Recording of the workshop held on Thursday 3rd December 2020 and speaker presentations. A chance to hear directly from grant managers at The National Lottery Community Fund, AllChurches Trust Ltd, Cornwall Community Foundation, and Groundworks South West.

Workshop 4 Resources

Meet the Funders 2020 Workshop Programme Evaluation

In January 2021, we carried out an extensive evaluation of our 2020 Meet the Funders programme.

Of particular note:

  • 100% of survey respondents rated the usefulness of the workshops and/or surgeries as good or excellent.
  • 100% of survey respondents would recommend the Meet the Funders workshops and surgeries to other

You can read our full evaluation report below.


MtF 2020 Evaluation

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