This evening I've been at Truro College for the Funding Fair organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership. It was a great event attended by over 200 people and with a range of potential funders and advisers on hand to give information to sports clubs and those associated.
I went with my councillor hat on but also looking at what funding might be available to hardworking local clubs such as Launceston Boxing Club and Launceston Rugby Club. But I've picked up a huge range of ideas which I'll be passing on to clubs the length of Cornwall.
Among the organisations giving presentations were Sported, a charity founded by the Sir Keith Mills, the Vice Chair of the Olympic Bid Team. Their remit is to help small clubs - those with a turnover of less than £30k a year to access grants. They fund some things themselves, but their main advantage seems to me that they will help with the lengthy form filling and will find other sources of funding.
Also present were Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund.
Although there as a participant, I was able to give advice to several clubs on the Conrwall Councillors Community Chest funds - the £2195 that we each have to distribute each year, as well as to chat with a couple of local clubs on the funding issues they face.
It was a great event and I hope that it will be repeated in the future.