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Time running out to apply for ISSG fund

Local groups and good causes are running out of time to apply for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's Community Fund.

The last round of applications for the charitable fund, which awards grants of up to £10,000, closes on February 28th.

The Community Fund recently announced that it has donated a milestone £50,000 to 35 different groups over the past three years.

Now it is inviting applications for further grants for the final time this financial year.

Sam Hicks, Chairman of the ISSG's Community Fund, said: “We would like to remind people they only have two weeks left to apply for the Community Fund. We want to hear from any local groups and good causes which may need a boost to help them sustain and grow the work they are already doing.

“Many people are unaware that we have this pot of money to give away as part of an estimated £1 million the Steamship Group returns to the community ever year through subsidised travel for islanders, NHS flights, sponsorships and charitable donations.

“It is wonderful to read the applications from so many worthy causes, often run by enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for the good of our communities.”

In 2018, the fund donated more than £23,000 to 12 different projects.

It was praised as “a force for good” by TV presenter and bushcraft expert Ray Mears, after he visited several islands beneficiaries last year.

Full details, eligibility criteria and application forms are available from the ISSG website. All projects are judged by members of an independent panel.


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