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We hope you find the information useful and we welcome articles and items of interest from any of our followers. To post something on our site send it through to Lisa Chambers via this link.

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Ping in the Community

Ping in the Community offers table tennis packages to community organisations and venues, to allow them to introduce and embed social table tennis into their community.

To celebrate 10 years of the Ping project, we’re offering our full size indoor table tennis package at half price for just £100! You’ll get all the equipment you need, including bats and balls, as well as resources to help you advertise and activate the activity.

For more information and to buy your own package, visit www.pinginthecommunity.co.uk

Zero Carbon funding in South Cambs

This pot of funding is open to any non- profit group or organisation in South Cambridgeshire area for further information contact Emma Dyer


South Cambs District Council are holding a networking and Information event around our recently launched Zero Carbon Communities grant at 6-8pm on Weds 4th Sep.

The event is being held at:

South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA

Refreshments will be provided for those attending.

In the meantime our web page, application form and guidance notes can be found can be found at www.scambs.gov.uk/zerocarbongrant

Finance matters in your village hall

Our next coffee morning networking event for village hall trustees, staff and volunteers will cover charity financial matters. Our speaker at this event will be Loiuse Prosser Hunts Forum Finance Manager.

To book your place at the event please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link or giving her a ring on 01353 856048

If there are specific areas you would like covered/discussed at this event please get in touch and we can do our best to cover as many of your questions as possible during the morning.

Innovate & Cultivate Fund

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications is 1st November. A pre-application advice session will be held on 19th September (details below).

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 & families services. 

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

We’ve 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 Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.  See our 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

Do you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application?  Bookings are now open for our Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Thursday 19 September, 9:30am-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.