Steamship Company Launches £30,000 Community Fund

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith

The Steamship Company is to start giving grants to good causes in Scilly and West Cornwall after creating a £30,000 fund.

It is likely that not-for-profit projects in the areas of youth and adult education, training and environmental concerns will be eligible.

Chief Executive Rob Goldmsith says a separate panel will be set up to decide the funding rules and determine which applicants are successful.

That group will be chaired by one of the company’s non-executive directors and will include members of the community with no direct interests in the Steamship Group.

Rob says company has “deep roots in the community going back almost 100 years,” and this fund builds on hundreds of thousands of pounds of support already provided through their Travel Club and sponsorship of events such as the World Pilot Gig Championships.

And he says the additional funding won’t affect any of this existing support. It’s a way of providing a lasting impact and a legacy for the community going forward, he says.

Chairman Andrew May says he’s confident that the new fund “has the potential to make a tangible difference to a significant number of people over time.”

It is hoped that the first awards can be made before Christmas.

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