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Covid-19 updates – 13/10/20

Scam – Police Update


We would like to make residents aware that we have received reports of various scams taking place where a fraudster makes contact, normally via a hacked email or messaging account, purporting to be a friend or family member asking for money to be transferred with a storyline and giving bank details.
Please be wary of unusual messages asking for financial assistance, even if the message appears to be from someone you know and trust – please check it is really from them by phoning or speaking to them in person.

You can protect your online accounts by using a strong separate password, changing passwords regularly, and where available, use a two-factor authentication.

More information can be found on the Devon and Cornwall police website:

If you think you have been a victim of fraud please report it to Actionfraud



Coronavirus Intelligence Data


Local impacts


So far, Cornwall has not seen a dramatic rise in COVID-19 infections. While the total number of detected cases has risen to above 1700 cases since March, the 7-day average for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly currently stands at 26 cases.


Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, construction of the Spaceport Cornwall is to begin this month. The first satellites could be put into space via aircraft taking off from Newquay in early 2022. The project is estimated to create 150 new jobs and generate £200m worth of Gross Value Added.

Cornish Cinema chain WTW has urged people to support the industry.The company which operates cinemas in Newquay, St Austell, Truro and Wadebridge tweeted it was understandable that not everyone was ready to go back to the movies, but suggested to “come in and buy a coffee, popcorn … to take home, or buy a gift card”.
Heritage attractions across the south west have been given financial aid to help them during the coronavirus pandemic. 433 organisations will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, among them the Lost Gardens of Heligan (£606,400), Truro Cathedral (£146,000) and the Jubilee Pool in Penzance.


National impacts


The government is introducing a new three-tier alert system for England. Regions will be classified as being on ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ alert. Areas on the highest alert level will have to introduce strict local lockdowns. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week that employees who work for UK firms forced to shut by law are to get two-thirds of their wages paid for by the government.

The Royal College of Surgeons in England has warned of a “tsunami of cancelled operations” over the winter. A survey run by the organisation shows that the vast majority of its members have not yet gotten back to pre-pandemic treatment levels for routine surgeries.
Less people in England have the opportunity to take up an apprenticeship as a result of the pandemic. Provisional Department for Education figures show that lockdown measures have drastically reduced apprenticeship starts. There have been 58,000 apprenticeship starts reported between 23 March and 31 July 2020; fewer than the 108,000 reported for this period last year.

The North of England and Northern Ireland are currently among the UK regions with the highest infection rate in Europe. Figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control also show that the UK still has the highest number of deaths in Europe.

More than two thirds of people who tested positive for COVID-19 had no symptoms on the day of the test. New analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics’ Infection Survey shows that 86% of infected people reported none of the main symptoms of the illness, namely a cough, or a fever, or a loss of taste or smell. Researchers are calling for a more widespread testing programme to capture this “silent” transmission.


The UK economy is unlikely to bounce back to pre-Covid levels any time soon. ONS data shows that although the UK’s economic output grew by 2.1% in August, it still remains 9.2% below the GDP level seen in February of this year. Some economists interpret the slowdown in growth as a sign that Britain had never been on course for a rapid V-shaped recovery.

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting low-income families particularly hard. A study of households on Universal Credit or Child Tax Credits, published by the charity Save the Children, revealed that nearly 40% of families had to rely on help from charities for food and clothes over the past two months.



Funding Opportunities


THE TRUSTHOUSE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION – Small and Major Grants for UK not-for-profit and charitable organisations to fund arts, community support, education and heritage projects in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote, socio-economically deprived rural areas.

Application deadline: the Small Grants programme reopened on Monday 12 October.
The Major Grants programme is scheduled to reopen on Monday 9 November 2020. Both are rolling programmes with no application deadline.
Funder: The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation (founded 1997. Charity number 1063945. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 30 June 2019: £3,500,000).
Who can apply: UK charitable organisations, registered charities, voluntary organisations, Community Interest Companies (CICs), social enterprises and not-for-profit registered companies).

After a period spent reviewing its grant programmes, the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is reopening its Small Grants and Major Grants programmes to applications.

The Small Grants programme reopened yesterday, 12 October, while the Major Grants programme is scheduled to reopen on Monday 9 November 2020. Applicants to the Small Grants programme must have an annual income of £250,000 or less. Applicants to the Major Grants programme must have an annual income of £500,000 or less.

Grants are available for general costs, including core costs, salaries, projects costs, and capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment. Applications for revenue or capital grants must demonstrate how the project fits into one or both of the Foundation’s overarching themes of rural issues and urban deprivation in the following two fields:

1. Arts, Heritage and Education (for example, Community Arts Hubs, supplementary educational classes, home-working or homework clubs, engaging more people in the arts), and/or
2. Community support projects (i.e. lunch clubs, support for young carers, community centres, foodbanks).

o Rural Issues projects should address issues in rural towns/villages/communities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants with postcodes that are ranked within the most deprived 50% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation. Communities should be in remote, rural, economically deprived areas where there are few local facilities, transport may be an issue, incomes are low and there are limited opportunities for fundraising.

o Urban Deprivation projects should address issues in cities/towns with a population of more than 10,000 with postcodes that are ranked within the most deprived 15% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation. Local issues are likely to include multigenerational unemployment, poor educational attainment, poor quality and overcrowded housing, tensions between different generations and/or ethnic communities, and a culture of low aspirations and achievement.

UK charitable organisations, registered charities, voluntary organisations, Community Interest Companies (CICs), social enterprises and not-for-profit registered companies) may apply for the following funding:

1. Grants for revenue costs (including salaries, overheads and project costs):
o Small Grants of £2,000 to £7,500 for one year.
o Major Grants of £7,500 to £20,000 per year for one to three years.

2. Grants for capital costs (one-off costs for building projects, including buying a building, repairing it or fitting it out):
o Small Grants of £2,000 to £7,500.
o Major Grants of £7,500 to £60,000.

For all capital grants, the total project cost must be less than £2 million.

Please note that there is a matched funding requirement for both the Small and Major Grant programmes. Applicants will be expected to have sought and secured at least 50% of the total project cost.

Funding is not available for:

o Animal welfare and conservation projects.
o Building projects where work has already started.
o Capital appeals for places of worship unless these are primarily for community use such as an adjoining church hall or a clearly defined community area within a place of worship.
o Charities or NGOs registered outside the UK.
o Feasibility studies
o Grant-making organisations.
o Hospices.
o Individuals, whether direct or through a third party.
o Medical research.
o One-off events (except under the Small Grants programme).
o Organisations which have made their annual returns to the Charity Commission or Companies House late within the past three years.
o Organisations which have not reviewed their safeguarding policy and/or held formal safeguarding training/refresher sessions within the past 12 months
o Organisations whose postcode is not within the limits set out in the guidance documents.
o Organisations with a total annual income in excess of £500,000.
o Organisations with primarily an ecological aim.
o PR and awareness raising; fundraising salaries, events or initiatives.
o Projects primarily concerned with the production of DVDs or other media.
o Projects that take place outside of the UK.
o Set up costs for new organisations.
o Statutory services including state schools (unless these are specifically for pupils with disabilities), prisons, local authority services and NHS hospitals or services.
o Universities, further education colleges and independent schools.
o Umbrella organisations, or
o Urban projects not delivered in the same city/town in which the applying organisation is based.

Further information, guidance and an application form for the Small Grants programme is available on the Foundation’s website (the application form for Major Grants will be made available when the programme opens to applications on Monday 9 November 2020).

The Foundation operates a rolling programme whereby applications for Small and Major Grants may be made at any time.

Contact details for the Foundation are:

Judith Leigh or Sandra Collazo
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Ground Floor East
Kings Buildings
16 Smith Square
Tel: 020 3150 4517



THE PwC FOUNDATION COLOURBRAVE CHARITY FUND – Grants up to £25,000 for UK social enterprises and charities that are led by the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community and/or that have BAME beneficiaries.

Application deadline: Friday 30 October 2020.
Funder: The PwC Foundation (founded 2011. Charity number 1144124. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 30 June 2019:  £1,284 237).
Who can apply: UK based social enterprises and registered charities that have Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leadership and/or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic beneficiaries.

The PwC Foundation’s ColourBrave Charity Fund is offering grants up to £25,000 for UK registered charities and social enterprises that are led by members of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community and/or benefit the BAME community. Grants can be used for a range of purposes.

Grants are available in the following bands:

1. Up to £2,000.
2. Grants of £2,000.
3. Grants of £5,000.
4. Grants of £10,000, and
5. Grants of £25,000.

Organisations applying for a grant of £10,000 and £25,000 will be expected to provide evidence of the impact of their work.

Funding is not available for:

o Activists.
o Political organisations lobby/pressure groups, or
o Religious bodies (unless for identifiable, broadly based, community support activities).

Further information, guidance and an online application form is available on the Foundation’s website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 30 October 2020.

Contact details for the Foundation are:

The PwC Foundation
1 Embankment Place
Tel: 07764 902846




The Royal Society of Chemistry provides awards and funding that recognises and supports people involved in the chemical sciences. A list of available awards and funding can be found on its website.

However, the Society also has a small database of various grant and award making resources that can help with travel, events, training, outreach and research, as well as personal guidance and support.

The Society’s Funding A-Z can be found at this LINK.


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