Community fund set to launch

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The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced details of a £30k fund to support a wide range of community-based projects and good causes across the Isles of Scilly and west Cornwall.

Rob Goldsmith
Rob Goldsmith

Over the next few months, the company will formalise how the fund will be governed, what criteria and projects will be eligible and the mechanisms for evaluating and awarding funding.

It is intended that the fund will be administered by a committee chaired by one of the group’s non-executive directors with a panel including members of the community without any direct interests in the company.

The Steamship Group says it hopes that the first awards will be made before Christmas, but that this will depend on the priorities and decisions made by the Community Fund Committee after its formation.

Announcing the fund, chief executive, Rob Goldsmith, said: “Voluntarily, we already provide hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of support annually to the local community through our Travel Club for Scilly residents, sponsorship of the World Pilot Gig Rowing Championship and a wide variety of other ad hoc good causes on Scilly and the mainland.

“This new fund will represent an even larger commitment to the communities that we serve.”