Improving lives and communities

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation provide grants and other support to groups and individuals on the key issues of improving lives and communities.

Their next funding deadline is the 1st May 2017, and there are a wide range of funding programmes open for application. These include:

 A14 Community Fund 

Highways England has been given approval for the construction of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement scheme.

As part of a commitment to the local community, Highways England is looking to support activities with a focus on bringing communities closer together. The A14 scheme will have a lasting impact on the communities along its length and the A14 Community Fund is therefore looking to support projects which consider and respond to these changes.

ARM Cambridge Fund

ARM Cambridge Fund makes small grants to support charitable projects across Cambridgeshire and is keen to support projects working within the Foundations priorites of Community Development and Engagement, Children, Young People, and Adults Facing Life Crisis.

Cambridgeshire Technology Fund 

The Cambridgeshire Technology Fund makes small grants to support charitable projects across Cambridgeshire and in Peterborough where the application of technology enables and improves people’s lives.

Examples include the application of voice or sight interactivity with computers for the physically challenged, the use of smartphone apps to help blind and low vision people to find their way around and smart technology to assist the elderly to live more safely at home.

The use of new, creative and innovative technology solutions to enhance people’s life experience are especially of interest to the Fund.

Grassroots Endowed Fund for Cambridgeshire 

The Grassroots Endowed Fund For Cambridgeshire has been built from donations large and small from donors who are keen to enable the trustees to target support towards unmet needs.

The Fund offers small grants to local community or charitable groups who are working to tackle disadvantage in the communities of Cambridgeshire.

Ridgeons Community Fund 

The Ridgeons Community Fund offers grants of between £250 and £750 to support small, local voluntary and community groups and organisations undertaking charitable work. The focus for the Fund is on projects aimed at improving health, and those working with children, young people and families.

Please note that while the Ridgeons Community Fund are keen to support projects which aim to improve access to sport and healthy living for disadvantaged people, contributions towards sports equipment or club running costs will not take priority or be considered. General running costs for an organisation will also not be considered.

Applications should be made for a specific, charitable project.

Groups are eligible to apply if they are based within a 10 miles radius of the Ridgeons branches in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Hertfordshire. In addition groups must:

  • Have a management committee
  • Have a governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures
  • Perform DBS checks if you work with children or adults at risk
  • Have an Equality Policy
  • Have a bank account requires 2 independent cheque signatories.

For more information on these and a range of other funding programmes administered by Cambridge Community Foundation click here.


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