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Cambridge Community Foundation grants round is now open! Various grants available. Deadline 1 November

The latest Cambridge Community Foundation grants winter round is now open with various funds available including:

Arm Community Fund – grants up to £3,000
Cambridge Building Society Community Fund – grants up to £10,000
D & J Lloyd Community First Fund – grants up to £5,000
Denbury Homes Fund – grants up to £2,000
Marshall Community Fund – grants up to £3,000

Cambridgeshire Technology Fund – grants up to £3,000

Healthy Fenland Fund – grants up to £5,000

Olive & Jesse Palmer Fund grants up to £5,000

Outcomes for this round will be communicated by the end of February 2023 so any projects should start from March 2023 onwards. Grants cannot be awarded for retrospective costs.

For details and how to apply:

 

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.

Launch of Health Inequalities Prize

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS is committed to tackling health inequalities, including those which are a result of digital exclusion. We have launched an innovative new challenge fund to tackle digital exclusion in healthcare across the county.

Digital health and care innovation is beginning to transform health services, and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of digital healthcare support. However, it has also shone a light on the inequalities of digital access to health and care services, as people who do not have access to information and services online are likely to be more at risk of poorer health and social care outcomes.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022 aims to tackle the digital divide in our communities and support the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Health Inequalities Challenge Prize encourages NHS organisations, social care organisations, charities and local innovators to help tackle health and social care inequalities caused by digital exclusion. The prize has been launched in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Individuals, groups and organisations wishing to apply must do so by 1 February 2022.

Eight finalists will each be awarded a grant of £3,000 for projects designed to support those who are digitally excluded. From these, one winner will be chosen and awarded an additional £10,000 prize money to continue their project. All finalists and the winner must adhere to the objectives as set out by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS. For more information please visit https://www.cambscf.org.uk/cambridgeshire-peterborough-health-inequalities-fund.html

New round of funding : Innovate & Cultivate Fund

Innovate & Cultivate Fund

Deadline: 1 August 2021

One-to-one pre-application advice will be offered on 22nd and 23rd June (details below). This is a great opportunity to discuss your ideas and Support Cambridgeshire highly recommends that you take advantage of this opportunity.

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen our 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’s services.

The 1 August funding round is for ‘Cultivate’ grant applications (£2,000-£15,000) for projects that build community support networks for vulnerable people. The ‘Innovate’ funding stream (£15,000-£50,000) is currently suspended.

 

Pre-application advice

We strongly advise organisations to seek pre-application advice on their project ideas before submitting an application. Bookings are now open for telephone advice appointments on Tuesday 22nd June and Wednesday 23rd June. These 15 minute 1-1 appointments must be pre-booked and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please book here.

 

Cultivate Project Ideas

Do you want to do something for your community but need some inspiration to start a project? We’ve developed application guidance for 7 Cultivate project ideas – Mobile Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker, Digital Inclusion, Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds – that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering, and complement more costly Council services.

 

You can find guidance on how to apply for a start-up grant for each of these projects here. 

 

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) Website.

New Family Learning Grant Announced

Cambridgeshire Skills have launched their Family Learning Grant scheme which are available to fund free local activities for all generations. Activities should be designed to be fun, informal and promote a culture of learning as a family. They will bring children, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and their family friends together to try something new and learn with and from each other.

The purpose of the grant-funded activities is to develop the skills, confidence, motivation and resilience of families of different ages and backgrounds in order to:

  • progress towards formal learning or employment and/or
  • improve their health and well-being, including mental health and/or
  • develop stronger communities

They are funded through the AEB Community Learning grant.

Cambridgeshire Skills can award grants to local partner organisations, schools, charities and voluntary and community groups to enable them to host their own family learning activities, engaging their local community and to promote further learning, volunteering or employment opportunities. Activities should be a minimum of 3 hours in total.

Total funding available in 2021 is £20,000 for engagement with at least 200 Adults.  Therefore, there is £100 available for each adult engaged in activities. Each adult claimed needs to have resided in the EEA for a minimum of 3 years and completed a Cambridgeshire Skills Enrolment Form. 

 

How to apply for a grant

Organisations will complete a grant application form detailing their activity and purpose.   They will request the amount of the funding up to the full amount available along with the number of adults they anticipate engaging in activities.  A panel, consisting of members of the wider senior leadership team will meet to review all of the applications and agree which ones we should fund this academic year.

If grant application is successful, we will require organisations to complete the following paperwork as evidence from their activity and return these to us to receive the grant payment:

  • Enrolment forms (supplied by Cambridgeshire Skills) need to be completed by each adult attending the activities.
  • Collect feedback, wider impact, destination and progression information from the families (templates to be supplied)
  • Capture images of the activities (with learners’ permission)
  • Evaluation form for organisations (template to be supplied)
  • Any marketing you carry out will need the 3 logos on the bottom of this form clearly displayed.

A member of Cambridgeshire Skills will attend the activity to promote further learning opportunities in the area.

 

Timeline

What When How
Application form Deadline to return completed grant application forms: Wednesday 21 April 2021 Submit to sue.watsham@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Panel Thursday 22nd April Wider SLT
Outcome of grant panel decisions communicated w/c Monday 26 April
Activities Take place during May and June 2021
Evidence submitted by organisation Within 5 days of the event taking place Adult MIS inbox
Grant funding paid within 30 days of all evidence being validated and submitted

If you have any questions regarding the Family Learning Grant contact;

Sue Watsham P: 07788 247482 | E: sue.watsham@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Tom Heffer P: 07763969604 | E: thomas.heffer@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Innovate and Cultivate Funding – New Round

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce the the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications which is the 1st February 2020.

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen 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. Please note that projects serving Peterborough residents are not eligible.

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 Council have 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.

Upcoming application deadlines:

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)

Preapplication advice session:

If you wish to talk through your ideas before you submit your application then a Preapplication session is being provided:  Bookings are now open for the Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Tuesday 10th December 2019 between 9:30am and 12:30pm at the William Collyn Community Centre in Girton. Please book your space by clicking 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 and organisations should contact info@cambscf.org.uk

 

Zero Carbon Communities Grant from South Cambs District Council

What is the Zero Carbon Communities Grant?

The Zero Carbon Communities Grant supports voluntary and community sector groups, charities and parish councils seeking to deliver bold, ambitious projects that engage communities and support the aim of zero carbon emissions by 2050.

If you are interested in applying please come to a networking and information event on Wednesday 4 September from 6pm to 8pm in the Council Chamber at South Cambs Hall.

Applications are invited for grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 for projects which are intended to achieve:

  • community engagement around climate change and the environment, and
  • one or more of the following:
    • reduction in carbon emissions
    • reduction in energy use
    • generation of renewable energy or heat
    • promotion of sustainable travel
    • reduction in use of resources
    • increased recycling and/or waste reduction

Grant funding can be used for capital items and/or for project costs including staff time.

Applications will be assessed according to the following headings:

  • The extent proposals align with the aims of the scheme as listed above
  • Value for money
  • The extent to which organisational capacity, resources and timescales for the delivery of proposals are considered realistic
  • How bold, ambitious and imaginative the proposal is

We wish to encourage communities of all sizes and levels of experience in running community projects to apply for these grants.  Where a proposal would benefit an area of the district not otherwise reached, this will also be taken into account.

The Zero Carbon Communities Grant will open for applications on Monday 05 August 2019.

The application deadline is 5pm on Thursday 31 October 2019.

  

Match funding

There is no requirement that proposals are match funded.  However, if, as expected, the fund is oversubscribed, proposals with match or top-up funding from other sources will be looked at favourably.  Match funding can be of monetary and/or in-kind value.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be a non-profit group or organisation based in South Cambridgeshire or benefiting South Cambridgeshire residents, OR a South Cambridgeshire parish council.

Applications from partnerships are encouraged provided that the lead applicant is an eligible organisation as listed above.  Partnerships could include parish councils, informal and constituted groups, established voluntary sector organisations, schools, local businesses and/or community interest companies.

Where a proposal anticipates financial savings or income, the applicant will need to show this will be for the benefit of the community.

  • Have a written constitution or mission statement
  • Have an elected committee or representative steering group
  • Have a bank account
  • Be able to provide an up to date copy of their accounts and any relevant protection policies.   Parish councils can signpost us to relevant online documentation and do not need to submit hard copies.

If you have questions about these requirements please contact us on duty.communities@scambs.gov.uk or 01954 713070

If your organisation does not have a written constitution, mission statement and/or relevant protection policies please contact Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service for advice in meeting these requirements.  Please call 01223 464696 or email enquiries@cambridgecvs.org.uk

 

Examples of what can be funded

  • Community initiatives and events that promote sustainable lifestyle choices For example, circular economy (A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. Initiatives such as repair cafes, sustainable fashion and food projects, waste reduction and community allotments.)
  • Energy saving improvements to community buildings For example external wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft/roof insulation, secondary glazing, replacement windows/doors, replacement energy efficient lighting, replacement energy efficient boiler/ heating system, battery storage for solar panel or other low carbon energy generation measures. Buildings could include village halls, scout huts, libraries, shops, social clubs, leisure centres, schools or church buildings, so long as they are available for use by the wider community.
  • Community energy projects such as solar arrays or community wind turbines or community hydroelectric projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community. Applicants for funding such projects will be expected to have explored the possibility of funding through the Rural Community Energy Fund which provides support of up to £40,000 for feasibility studies for a renewable energy project. Applications for funding to cover development costs not covered through this scheme are welcome.
  • Electric vehicle charging points for community use For example installation of an electric car charging point in a village hall car park, tourist destination or area that attracts lots of visitors. Applicants for funding for EV charging points are asked to contact duty.communities@scambs.gov.uk before submitting their application as it may be possible to secure up to £7,500 of government funding through OLEV towards their project.
  • Purchase of electric vehicle for community use For example community car club schemes, transport for disabled people, community minibuses, electric bike hire.
  • Community tree planting for absorption of carbon and increasing biodiversity Applicants for funding such projects will be expected to have explored the possibility of funding through the https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/  who contribute up to 75% of the costs if you plant the trees yourself.
  • Projects that tackle fuel poverty For example providing advice and guidance
  • Cycling infrastructure For example improvement of existing cycle paths or installation of cycle racks. Other examples could include projects to raise awareness of local cycle routes, refurbish old bikes for re-sale, provide specialist bikes for use by disabled people, provide bike maintenance sessions for young people or set up a cycling club to encourage older people to take up cycling.

  

All proposals must demonstrate an element of community engagement.  This could include community participation in decision making or information sharing.

This list is not exhaustive.  Applications are encouraged for projects not listed which meet the criteria.

 

What cannot be funded?

Grant funding cannot be awarded for/to:

  • Renewable energy installations where it is intended to claim Renewable Heat Incentive payments or any other payments where the use of public grants renders the installation ineligible for such payments.
  • Projects that replace funding by other public sector bodies (although it can be used to top up funding from other public sector bodies) For example, projects or services that would otherwise be provided by other public sector bodies
  • Items that would only benefit individuals rather than community groups
  • Kitchen appliances such as cookers and fridges (these may be fundable through the Community Chest)

 

How much can be applied for?

Applications are invited for a minimum of £1,000 and up to £15,000 per organisation.

 

When can groups apply?

Applications for Zero Carbon Communities Grant will be open 5 August 2019 until 5pm 31 October 2019.

 

What supporting documentation is required?

  • A copy of your organisation’s constitution or mission statement (except parish councils)
  • A copy of your latest accounts (audited if available)
  • A quote for the project

 

In addition, the following will be required if relevant to the project:

  • Public Rights of Way consent from landowner
  • A copy of your organisation’s Safeguarding policy (see https://www.cambridgecvs.org.uk/reports/6)
  • Any other material you feel would support this application (this may include a professional energy survey or audit if you have had one completed).

 

How will the grant be paid?

A funding agreement will be prepared for all successful applicants. This will include arrangements for payment of the grant, staged where appropriate.

 

Please click here for more information and to apply.

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 info@cambscf.org.uk.

Huntingdonshire – Community Chest 2019/2020

Huntingdonshire District Council are now inviting applications for their Community Chest in 2019/2020.

Details of the chest and how to apply can be viewed here:

Online applications need to be submitted before close of play on the 30th June 2019.

The eligibility criteria is as follows:

The maximum amount for any one grant award shall be £2,500 or 75% of the total cost of the project for which financial assistance is requested, whichever is the lower amount.

No precepting authorities are eligible to apply to the Community Chest fund.

Organisations must be able to confirm that, if awarded a grant, the project can be delivered in the financial year the award is made (before the 31st March 2020).

Organisations should demonstrate how the project seeking funding is able to support the Council’s objectives of:- making Huntingdonshire a better place to live, to improve health and
well-being and support people to be the best they can be; and/or making Huntingdonshire a better place to work and invest and delivering new and appropriate housing.

The authority will not accept applications from community and voluntary organisations that are currently in receipt of funding from Huntingdonshire District Council.

Applications will not be accepted either directly or indirectly on behalf of individuals or commercial organisations.

Applications will only be accepted from organisations that are independent in that they have their own constitution/rules of operation and have their own bank account.

If you require  help with any aspect of your application please contact keith@huntsforum.org.uk

 

 

 

Innovate and Cultivate – Next Round

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

A pre-application advice session will be held on 18th June 2019 (see below).

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. 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. Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care and children & families services.

 New Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects:

The County Council have developed new 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 the webpage for details.

So how do you apply:

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

Application deadlines:

1st August 2019 – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000) and Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000). The next deadline is 1st November 2019 for Cultivate applications only and 1st February 2020 for both Cultivate and Innovate grant applications.

Book a pre-application advice session:

Do you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application?  Bookings are now open for the Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Tuesday 18 June 2019 between 9:30am and 12:30pm at Huntingdon Youth Centre. Please book here.

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the website. If you have any queries about the application advice sessions please email lianne.parrett@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.  Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund info@cambscf.org.uk.