We are the ‘go to’ organisation for individuals, groups and businesses aspiring to make their communities a better place to live and work. With our abundant expertise and motivation, we are able to offer practical support to help move projects, ideas and skills to the next level.


Are you an individual who needs support? We offer a range of assistance and options and may be able to offer support or training.



Are you a community group, formal or informal? This could be for groups such as village hall committees, support groups, film clubs, not-for-private profit community business etc.


Are you a business that benefits the community? This could be eg a social enterprise, village shop, fishing business etc. We may be able to help or will often know someone who can.


We administer Grants for community groups. You can complete an application form online.

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We offer accredited training to gain a qualification as well as non accredited courses.

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Free fact sheets that provide a useful guide to many of the frequently asked questions we receive from community groups and organisations.

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In 2016, Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) and Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT), a similar organisation based in Penzance, merged and are now collectively registered under Cornwall Community Development Limited (CCDL) and work under a single board of trustees.

We have retained our trading names and continue to deliver collaboratively, providing many services improving the lives of people right across Cornwall.


With on average, 70 staff and a turnover of approximately £2M a year, we deliver many areas of work including community development; fishing and coastal community support; infrastructure services, training provision, informal and unpaid carer support, volunteer led projects and support for young people.

We are part of a network of 38 organisations across England, all sharing the aim of enhancing rural communities and we are represented at a national level by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Our offices are located in Truro and Penzance and we have a satellite office in St Dennis.

The Charity delivers varied projects which are greatly valued by those supported and helps the organisation to meet its charitable mission of building ‘vibrant, sustainable, inclusive communities’.