Through the Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund, Cambridgeshire County Council is investing in ideas and expertise that will help people stay safe, independent and well in the community in which they live, whilst reducing demand for council services.
The aim of the fund is to support people to do things in their own community or to develop a good idea, building on strengths and talent.
It is for community organisations with ideas about how to improve the lives of local people, particularly those who are deemed most vulnerable.
The fund is administered through the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
Examples of projects which might prove successful in obtaining fund money include any project which builds support for vulnerable people, or any project using new technology to transform the way that vulnerable people can be supported.
Proposals need to achieve the following criteria:
Increased capacity within communities to help others, so that people and communities become more resilient and are better able to look after themselves.
Reduced demand on council services.
An understanding of the impact that the idea delivers or could deliver.
The application process sits in two stages:
In stage 1, community organisations should contact Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and complete an online project proposal form. This is essentially an outline of the idea.
In stage 2, chosen proposals will be invited to complete a full application form.
Stage 1 project proposals can be submitted at any time.
Support Cambridgeshire will be working with Cambridgeshire County Council to organise a number of network events throughout the county specifically on the Innovation Fund.
This should help community organisations understand the fund better, and provide ideas and thinking about what type of projects are likely to be successful.
The network events will enable the Innovation Fund Officer from Cambridgeshire County Council to take you through the process, and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Please visit our events page for more details as these are compiled.