Innovate and Cultivate Funding – new rounds

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications is 1st November. 2019.

A pre-application advice session will be held on 19th September  2019 – and details are provided below.

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen Cambridgeshire communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment.

Council services that are inviting applications are adult social care and children & families services. 

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.

There are two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ fund for smaller projects that build community support networks and an ‘Innovate’ fund for bigger, bolder and more innovative initiatives.

New Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects

The County has developed guidance on starting Cultivate Seed Fund Projects that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services.  Projects include Time-banks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.

See their webpages for details.

Quarterly application deadlines

1st November 2019 – Cultivate grants only (£2,000 – £19,000)

1st February 2020 – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000) and Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000)

1st May 2020 – Cultivate grants only (£2,000 – £19,000)

Pre-application advice session

If you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application, bookings are now open for their Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Thursday 19 September 2019 between 9:30am and 12:30pm at Ely Community Centre (also known as Larkfield Day Centre). Please book here.

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the website.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund

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