The NEW Cultivate Cambs Fund

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate & Cultivate Fund has been updated and has a new name – Cultivate Cambs! We’re pleased to announce that the first deadline for Cultivate Cambs grant applications is 16 September 2022. Pre-application advice appointments will be offered in July.

Cultivate Cambs awards grants of £2,000 to £15,000 for new initiatives that support adults & older people with care and support needs, and children, young people & families, to live independently, safe and well in thriving and inclusive communities.

The fund is open to voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire, for projects that benefit Cambridgeshire residents. Please note that projects serving Peterborough residents are not eligible.

Pre-application advice

We encourage you to seek pre-application advice on your project ideas before submitting your application.  Appointments to discuss projects supporting vulnerable adults are offered 5 – 7 July and appointments for projects supporting children, young people and families are on 14 – 15 July. Please pre-book your 15-minute telephone or virtual advice appointment here.

Cultivate Ideas

Do you want to do something for your community but need the inspiration to start a project? Cultivate Ideas offer guidance and support for setting up the following community-led initiatives – Enhanced Community Food Projects, Care Micro-enterprises, Community Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker, Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.

Cultivate Cambs grant applications and information may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Your Station Your Community Improvement Fund

GTR is launching a new fund, called the ‘Your Station, Your Community, Improvement Fund ’, to support local charities, our customers, and the communities on our line of route, focusing on the causes that are of key importance to us.  

 The fund supports the following key themes: mental health, education, and employability skills amongst marginalised groups, as well as diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability.   Over the next three years, GTR will be allocating up to £500,000 a year to fund projects based up to 15 miles from stations on our network.   They welcome applications from registered charities, community groups and other not-for-profit organisations such as rail user groups, community rail partnerships, business partnerships, town councils, parish councils and schools.  


What they are looking for:  

 They are welcoming applications for initiatives taking place within 15 miles of stations on our network, that make a positive impact in one or more of the focus areas listed below. For a route map click here

Enhancing our stations to be a welcoming environment 

  • Regenerating redundant station spaces for community hubs, providing space for activities that enrich the local community and bringing station estate back into use. Creating a welcoming ambience to our stations enhancing our customers’ experience.  

Positive Mental Health 

  • Mental health activities that encourage working with local partners to signpost people to support services or initiatives that have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. Connecting people together to take positive action to prevent suicide an issue that has a devasting and far-reaching impact on our people, customers and communities.  

Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Supporting diverse and inclusive community projects, creating opportunities for learning and the social mobility of more marginalised groups. Our ambition is to create an inclusive culture where customers and colleagues feel able to be themselves and feel they belong to their local communities. 

Employability and confidence building 

  • Promoting employability and education amongst marginalised groups by investing in skills development for now and the future, creating a talent pipeline to support the local economy.   

Environmental Sustainability 

  • Supporting environmental projects and encouraging sustainable mobility shift encourages customers to make greener choices to travel by rail and get to our stations sustainably – by bike, bus, foot or electric car. 


How to apply  

 There is an online application form which will go live on 28th June 2022 and will close at 23:59 on 30th July 2022. More information will be released with more details, including links to the website, online portal and application toolkit. This information will be updated on the Support Cambridgeshire website, or contact your local CVS.

To make the application process accessible to all GTR also have an editable word formatted version available that can be downloaded, completed and returned to:

If other alternatives are still required to complete the application form then please make contact via the email address provided, leaving your contact details, organisation details, and any special requirements you need to complete the form.


Read the Guide to Applying here.

You can also read the FAQs for answers to your questions about the application process 



  • Applications open: 28 June 2022  
  • Applications close: 30 July 2022  
  • Review: July – September 2022  
  • Submitted to DfT: December 2022  
  • Notification: Q1 2023  
  • Funding received: April 2023  
  • Funding spent and fully committed: 31 March 2024  


Contact details


Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund (HSF) has been created to help people experiencing immediate financial hardship to pay for food and household energy bills.

The fund is now open to pensioners who are struggling financially, and:

  • Were born on or before 30 September 1956
  • Live in Cambridgeshire
  • Are experiencing financial hardship
  • No one under the age of 19 (born after the 30 September 2003), lives with them

How to apply:  The quickest and easiest way is by phoning or emailing Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  Apply by phone on 01223 221929 or by email at

If you prefer, you can access support from the fund through one of our trusted partners whose details can be found here, along with more information about the Household Support Fund:

If you represent a local community group and would like to be considered to issue Household Support Fund direct awards, please email


The Big Give: Christmas Challenge 2022

Yes, it’s that time of year already. Christmas Challenge 2022 applications are now open! The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest digital match funding campaign. The Christmas Challenge gives your donors the chance to double their donations as you raise vital funds for your work. This year it will run from midday Tuesday 29th November to midday Tuesday 6th December. Last year, the Christmas Challenge raised a record-breaking £24.1m for 928 charities!


Up to £25,000 of match funding is available per charity. There are millions of pounds of match funding available for a wide range of charities and causes. We will have more match funding available this year than ever before! This means that we can support more charities and raise even more money for good causes.

As well as accessing Champion funds, evidence shows that donors are more likely to give and to give more in match funding campaigns. The Big Give also offers a free suite of resources, training and guidance for all participating charities.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 1st July. For more information, the eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit the Christmas Challenge page on the Big Give website.

If you would like to find out further information about the Christmas Challenge, you can watch the recording of our introductory webinar.

Read our latest blog to get some insider tips for starting your application.

Charities working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland can apply for the Women and Girls Match Fund through the Christmas Challenge. To learn more about this fund, please watch our special Women and Girls Match Fund webinar recording.


UnLtd Awards – Funding for Social Enterprises to Setup & Grow

UnLtd aims to find, fund and support social entrepreneurs – enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better. Their awards offer both funding and support to social entrepreneurs trying to start-up or grow their social business.

This support includes grants and investment, as well as one-to-one coaching and guidance, mentorship and legal advice opportunities. The funding covers two scenarios:

1. Starting your social business: UnLtd can support people from the early stages of forming an idea, to those who have been trading for under a year, whether or not you have already established your organisation. This includes exploring ways to increase your impact, establish your financial sustainability and grow as a social leader. Grants available up to £5,000.
2. Scaling up: Your social business has been running over a year and under 4 years, is making a positive difference and you have compelling evidence of your impact. You are looking for support to realise your potential to grow your impact and expand. Grants available up to £15,000.


Q2 applications are being accepted until June 30th with a decision expected week commencing September 26th
Q3 applications are being accepted until September 30th with a decision expected week commencing December 12th
For more details and to apply see the UnLtd website


In addition to their Awards, UnLtd have two focus areas where they think social entrepreneurs can make a big difference. They have dedicated teams and specialist support available to social entrepreneurs with ideas to help people in these areas:

Healthy Ageing – over the next five years we want to improve the health and wellbeing of 135,000 marginalised older adults in the UK, and reduce health inequalities.
Access to employment – you have a business idea aimed at helping people into good jobs and meaningful employment, particularly those who are currently denied those opportunities.



Woodward Charitable Trust – Core-cost funding

Funding is available for projects that help families and young people and that aim to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. The Trust favours projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available. However, most grants are for £1,000 or less. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year.

The Trust only makes grants for core costs rather than specific projects. This includes:

  • Staff salaries.
  • Rent.
  • Utilities.
  • General office costs.
  • Accountancy and audit costs.
  • Fundraising.
  • Governance and compliance.
  • Costs supporting the core programmes of the organisation.

Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline of 29 July 2022 (noon) for consideration in the Autumn.

An online application form is available to complete on the Trust’s website

Tees Better Future Fund has just launched

Tees Better Future Fund has just launched – Grants of up to £5,000. Priorities are: Learning and Education (building skills, raising confidence) Health Wellbeing (sport and physical activity) including improving mental health for young people, children and families.

ASDA Foundation Funding

ASDA empowering local communities fund is open and can offer £1500 to community groups. Contact your local ASDA community champion to apply.

Click HERE to find out more

The deadline is 19th August 2022.


Funding to Reduce Isolation & Loneliness for Older People and Adults with Disabilities

Barchester Healthcare Foundation is offering grants of between £100 and £5,000 for small community groups and local charities across England, Scotland, and Wales.  They do not have a formal definition for a small charity, but suggest if a charity has financial reserves in the hundreds of thousands or millions, it is very unlikely that they would be able to help.

Funding is available for projects that help reduce isolation and loneliness, promote group activities and generally improve mobility and quality of life for older people and adults with physical, learning, or mental disabilities. Including, but not limited to:

  • Activity projects
  • Equipment and materials for use by members
  • Member transport
  • Day trips, outings and group holidays in the UK

Grants range from £100 up to £5,000, with the average grant in 2021 being approx. £725.

For more information see their website: Barchester Charitable Foundation (


Community Ownership Fund

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets, such as spaces or buildings, at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years until 2024/25.

Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets.

Applications are subject to the eligibility requirements outlined here. The Fund will support a range of proposals that enable people and communities across the UK to thrive.

Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

Opens: 10 June

Deadline: 19 August

There will be 2 more bidding windows before March 2023.

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