The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the return of its popular community fund with up to £30,000 available to support local projects and good causes on the Isles of Scilly and across Cornwall.

The fund was first launched last year and is part of an estimated £1 million that the Steamship Group returns to the community every year through subsidised travel for islanders, NHS flights, sponsorships and charitable donations.

In its first year the community fund awarded £22,000 to 18 different projects ranging from a new marquee for the Isles of Scilly Brownies and Guides Group, to a new CCTV camera to cover a blind spot at Cape Cornwall for the National Coastwatch Institution.

Sharon Sandercock, marketing and communications manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the fund in its first year, and look forward to launching the latest round. The Steamship Group returns around £1 million a year to the communities it serves and we look forward to supporting many more projects on the islands and mainland.”

Bids to the community fund are open to voluntary groups or charities, schools and education establishments, community clubs or societies, and individuals undertaking not-for-profit projects for the benefit of the wider community. The fund originally operated in the islands and West Cornwall only, but will be extended to cover all of Cornwall this year.

In the first round, awards of £6,750 were given to six different projects. Eight good causes received a share of more than £9,000 in the second round of awards, and £5,700 was given to three projects in the final round. Projects included: £3,000 towards a vital piece of safety equipment which has been installed to watch over Priest Cove, near St Just. The CCTV camera was bought by NCI Cape Cornwall to look into a blind spot behind the watch station. The state-of-the-art camera, which relays pictures back to the station, has been hailed a “vital piece of equipment” which can see all the way to Sennen. It has been discreetly placed high on the cliffs on the southern side of Cape Cornwall.

A further £1,500 went towards a creative literacy project working with children on the Isles of Scilly, Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance, taking the history of Royal Mail Ships as inspiration. Poetry postie Sally Crabtree held workshops with pupils to show that poetry can be fun and doesn’t have to be boring. She then turned the children’s poetry into postcards, which she delivered at the Sea Salts and Sail Festival in Mousehole and, ultimately, to celebrate the UN’s World Post Day.

Full details, eligibility criteria and application forms will soon be available from the Steamship Group’s website. All projects are judged by members of an independent panel.