Cornish Lithium is inviting new applications for grants from its Community Fund.

The mineral exploration company, based in Penryn, formed this fund in a partnership with Cornwall Community Foundation.

Grants are available for clubs, charities and groups that enhance skills and education, social welfare facilities, industrial heritage, mining history, environmental impacts, as well as health and well-being.

Applications open Monday, April 29 and the deadline for applying for this round of funding is Monday, June 10.

The initiative is targeted at projects in the areas of Gwennap, Blackwater, Chacewater, St Day, Carharrack, the China Clay network, Redruth Tolgus and St Agnes Parish.

The fund is also set to host a free community event on Thursday, May 16 from 1.30pm to 4pm at Kresen Kernow, aiming to provide more information about the grants and to celebrate the positive changes brought about by successful community projects.

Jeremy Wrathall, interim chairman, founder and CEO of Cornish Lithium, said: "We are delighted to be opening up this latest round of funding from the Cornish Lithium Community Fund.

"As a Cornish company we are proud to support organisations that benefit the communities where we operate and, with the expanding footprint of our operations, this funding round is expected to be the largest we have undertaken both in terms of size and areas covered."

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Mr Wrathall added: "We also look forward to welcoming members of the community to the event on Thursday 16 May."

Tamara Sherston-Baker, development director, Cornwall Community Fund said: "It is hugely rewarding to see how local projects are benefiting from the funding from Cornwall Lithium, which is helping to bring positive change across communities.

"Most recently £17,775 was awarded to 13 local organisations in Cornwall.

"We look forward to receiving applications from groups across eligible areas and distributing this next wave of funding."