Innovate and Cultivate Fund – Now open

Cambridgeshire County Council are pleased to announce that applications for the the Innovate and Cultivate Fund are now open.

Previously known as the ‘Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund’ – the County Council’s ‘up to £1 million’ fund for community organisations –has been refreshed and revamped following feedback to both simplify the process for applying for small grants, and to offer greater guidance on the Council’s priority funding areas.

The aim of the fund is to strengthen communities and reduce the need for County Council services, thus giving a return on investment.

Applications are being sought that will help to achieve the County Council’s seven priority outcomes for Cambridgeshire:

These are:

  1. Older people live well independently.
  2. People with disabilities live well independently.
  3. Adults and children at risk of harm are kept safe.
  4. Places that work with children help them to reach their potential.
  5. The Cambridgeshire economy prospers to the benefit of all residents.
  6. People live in a safe environment.
  7. People lead a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy for longer.

So how do you apply?

Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care, children and families services, and the waste service.

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

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has been split into two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ stream for small grants of £2,000-£10,000 and an ‘Innovate’ stream for larger grants of up to £50,000.

A new round of funding opens in September and the deadline for applications is 26th October. Further information about the fund may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website. Grant applications will be available to download in early September.

Workshop for applicants

A workshop for applicants will be held on 27th September, 2pm-4.15pm at St Ives Corn Exchange. You can book here.

If you have any queries please contact Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on 01223 410535 or email


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