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Grants for writers and researchers – The Q Fund

The Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Memorial Fund was set up as a charitable trust in 1945. (Charity No. 306599).

Grants of between £50 to £500 are awarded for local research work in literary or allied subjects. Grants may be used to support travelling, obtaining transcripts or other expenses in conducting research, or to contribute to production costs, including editing, design and printing. The Committee is keen to promote diversity, excellence and creativity in Cornish literature and humanities.

Cornwall Council is the Trustee and holds the Trust Fund on behalf of a small Committee which is the award-making body.


How to apply for a Q Fund Grant

You can apply to the fund at any time. The Committee meets in December and May each year and your application will be submitted to the next available meeting. Your application needs to contain the following three items:

Your contact details
A full written submission
An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Your contact details – please remember to include:

Title, Forename(s), Surname
Post Code
E-mail Address
Telephone Number

Full Written Submission – please include the following:

Topic of your study/research and, if decided, its title.
Research plan: what sources have you used, and what are you expecting to use? Give an indication of the work you have completed and what still remains to be done.
Any contacts you have made with others who are undertaking or have undertaken similar areas of research.
Anticipated completion date, and outcome (e.g. article or book for publication).
Estimated costs of your research/study (e.g. travelling, photocopying etc.).
The amount you are applying for
Whether you have applied for/received other grants (this will not necessarily influence the Trustees’ decision).
Are you a student and, if so, full or part time?
Whether you have previously applied for a ‘Q’ Fund Grant.
Where you found out about the ‘Q’ Fund. An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Extract or Summary

Please include a brief extract of your work and/or include a summary of the progress that you have made with your project to date.

Please send your application to:

The Secretary,
The Q Fund,
Cornwall Council,
5th Floor, Zone A,
Pydar House,
Truro, Cornwall TR1 1XU

Or email: (please put ‘Q’ in the subject line)

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Wellbeing & Prevention Grants Programme

The Cornwall Community Foundation manages and distributes funding on behalf of individuals, companies, charitable trusts and statutory agencies to meet needs in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

This programme awards small grants to organisations in Cornwall that can make a real difference in their local community. The funds are aimed at community groups which can enhance the quality of life for people with care and support needs through developing a range of activities and events. The focus of projects must be on

social inclusion, integration and independence
These grants support projects enhancing the quality of life for people with care & support needs through: Increasing wellbeing, quality of life and self-management, increasing independence, increasing community support and connection, increasing support through housing & preventing isolation and loneliness.
All beneficiaries are over the age of 18 years old

  • All projects must be completed by 31st March 2016 and the end of grant report/ evidence of spend must be completed and returned to CCF by this date.
  • Grants typically range from £250 to £3,000
  • (Figures must be based on no more than £50.00 per beneficiary, with a minimum of 10 people benefitting).

For further information or to request an application form please contact the Cornwall Community Foundation on either 01566779865 or, the office is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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Truro College Amnesty International Group hold Speakeasy to raise money for Amnesty International

In March Truro College Amnesty International Group joined forces with KEAP’s ‘Story Republic’ to create a young writers and musicians event.

The ‘Speakeasy’, which took place in Waterstones Truro, showcased the work of talented young artists, and raised over £70 for Amnesty through ticket sales and a raffle. The atmospheric setting of the bookshop at night created a cosy, relaxed and intimate mood. There was a wide variety of performances, from poetry to non-fiction, from solo musicians to the Care Free Choir, and even a philosophical speech.

All were inspired by the theme of ‘journeys’, but each piece stood alone as unique and thought-provoking. Many of the participants had never performed their work before, making this an impressive act of courage as well as talent. It was also an excellent opportunity for young members of the Amnesty Group to organise, run and market their own event, with the benefit of KEAP’s experience and support.

We were very grateful to receive a brilliant array of raffle prizes, including work by local artists and filmmakers, and signed Young Adult books from award-winning authors. As well as money, the event raised awareness for Amnesty’s work. This was one of many events put on as part of Truro Festival, and we were honoured to be a part of it.

For more information about Amnesty International visit

Find us on Facebook at Truro College Amnesty International

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The Write Book teacher toolkit -free resource for primary teachers

The Write Book teacher toolkit for creative writing is now online here!

This is a free set of resources for primary school teachers including interactive film workshops with top children’s authors and personalised writing tools and audits to help you plan an inspiring writing project using a high quality children’s book as a focus. There’s also The Writers’ Book, a free-to-download guide to using six fantastic contemporary children’s books in the classroom to inspire writing.

The Write Book toolkit also includes case studies from primary schools that have run brilliantly creative writing projects in their schools based on books as varied as Gulliver’s Travels and Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Walls; Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space to the Dr Who Character Encyclopedia and much more. You can find the best children’s books using Book Trust’s online bookfinder and read the project evaluation to find out just how successful the project has been in inspiring EAL children and reluctant readers and writers to play with words and love stories.

Please let us know how you use the resources here – or please share them with your colleagues.  What is The Write Book for your school?

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Film from The Young Ambassadors in Cornwall’s Museums project

The Young Ambassadors in Cornwall’s Museums project was funded by the HLF Young Roots programme and Cornwall Council to support the development of 3 groups of young people (from Bodmin College, Roseland Community College and Treviglas Community College) acting as young ambassadors for 3 different museums: Cornwall Regimental Museum; Fowey Museum and Perranzabuloe Museum.

You can watch the evaluation film here: – password: goldentree

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Artspass, the new community website from HFC Arts Development

We are pleased to begin 2015 by announcing the launch of Artspass, the new community website which will allow you to keep up to date with all that’s happening in the region’s arts sector – as well as post and share details of all your upcoming opportunities and events. We hope you find this shared resource for arts professionals and practitioners an invaluable asset.

What you will see now is the first phase of the website development and requires your interaction to allow it to grow into the ‘go to’ site for all local arts news. The second phase will expand the options further and will include a blog facility and events diary. Do let us know what you think as all feedback will be much appreciated and will allow us to fine tune the options so it best meets everyone’s needs.

To get started, we have already posted up all the current newsletter items, but now it’s up to you to build your profile by posting your own content.  All you need to do to begin is sign up HERE

Once everyone has had chance to register on Artspass, next week will see the launch of a new format newsletter. This will be designed to complement the new website, allowing for a more streamlined presentation.

So please do not delay, sign up and get started now.

HFC Arts Development Team

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MAZED TALES – A website collection of over 50 folk tales from South East Cornwall

Animations of 12tales at present on website but soon available on an app, voiced by WillColeman,music by Mike O’Connor, produced by Denzil Monk, written by Anna Chorlton Covers Mining..Copper for Cake, Moorland Farming ..Piskey Led and fishing Seaton Mermaid Ideal resource for storytelling and Cornish culture.
Prepare to be aMazed

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Good Story – funding and mentoring to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30

Good Story was set up by the family of the beautiful and talented Mimi Watts who died at the age of 26 in a snowboarding accident just over a year ago. Mimi had so much passion but struggled to get her fashion label off the ground and always expressed a need for a mentor to help her through some of difficult the first steps. So the idea for the charity was born and we have helped over 50 young creative entrepreneurs in the last year and have secured a list of over 200 fantastic mentors including the likes of Ted Ridgeway Watt and Claire Johnsen of NWES.

If you feel our organisation could be of any help to your young artists then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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New Choreographic Resource from Wayne McGregor – Random Dance

Mind and Movement is a brand new choreographic resource for teachers, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The resource is based around the Choreographic Thinking Tools that have emerged from Wayne McGregor’s methods in the studio and which are grounded in a decade of collaborative research with cognitive scientists. This research focuses on the way that McGregor collaborates with his dancers in the creation of movement material for his performance works. Mind and Movement is the first time these Choreographic Thinking Tools have been re-purposed into a practical resource for use in a creative learning context.

“An innovative choreographic resource that enables the learner to explore and expand their thinking behind movement” – Andrea Davis, Head of Dance at The BRIT School.

Mind and Movement is based around a set of twelve principles and includes a teachers’ guide, five lesson plans, tasks for developing and structuring movement material, a display poster, information cards on Wayne McGregor | Random Dance productions and questions to encourage reflection on the creative process.

Mind and Movement is intended to be used mainly by secondary school teachers, but will be valuable for teachers, students and practitioners of almost any age and level, from younger children to university students and practicing choreographers. The easy to follow lesson plans ensure its relevance to a range of teachers from those with little or no previous dance experience through to specialist teachers working with GCSE, BTEC and A Level students.

“The most useful thing about the resource is that it helps me, as a non dance specialist , to think creatively” – Genie Ward, Broomfield School

For more information please have a look at our webpage which also includes information on the supporting workshop programme:

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