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 2021 Main Event - 25th of May 2021

To be held at St Petrocs Church in Bodmin. The day will include presentations from funders, workshops, market stalls from various groups, and opportunities to network. The event will be hosted by the Bishop of St Germans, the Revd Hugh Nelson. Registration is essential and will open mid March 2021.

You can find a flyer for the event HERE

Catch up on Meet the Funders Main Event 2020

Resources and information about the day including speakers presentations and resource document with comprehensive list of grant funders.

Main Spring Event Resources

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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 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