Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) awarded more than £50k in the first funding round to Cornish youth projects.

The Youth Social Action programme supports projects that engage young people through community involvement to develop additional skills, ranging from cooking and communications to drama and maths.

The funding is part of the national ‘#iwill Fund’ – a £40 million joint commitment by the UK Government and Big Lottery Fund, boosted by £9.6 million matched funding from Comic Relief, Pears Foundation and Community Foundations across the UK, including CCF contributing £30k match funding from fund-holders and supporters.

Projects awarded grants include 4Elementz, a community project using music and media to inspire positive life change in young people at risk of offending.

CCF chief executive, Tamas Haydu, said: “We were delighted with the quality of the projects supporting young people that applied for funding. Using a range of support mechanisms, all the projects empower disadvantaged young people in their local communities, to develop skills that are life-changing. We are very grateful to the funders that make this possible.”