New £5m fund launched by Cambridgeshire County Council

A new £5m fund aimed at creating opportunities and improving lives and skills across Cambridgeshire has been launched by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The Communities Capital Fund will support projects that will make positive changes in the community, bringing people together and meeting the priorities that matter most to local people.

The County Council welcome applications that will support community led projects which improve the health, wellbeing, social and economic opportunities and outcomes in our communities.

What the fund can be used for

Projects will need to show how they will:

  • bring people together and involved them in the design and implementation
  • improve local places and spaces that are important to communities
  • help to address local priorities, e.g. increasing skills, reducing loneliness, improving physical and mental health
  • improve access to new or existing services or activities, e.g. sports, leisure, education
  • demonstrate match funding – this includes in kind contributions, land transfer etc
  • minimise any potential impact on carbon emissions

Who can apply

The fund is open to any voluntary, community organisation or social enterprise alongside public bodies such as district, parish and town councils, schools or any other organisation that can demonstrate how their project will benefit Cambridgeshire residents.

How much you can apply for

Up to £500,000 of capital funding can be applied for to contribute towards the cost of your project. There is no lower limit, but we would expect capital projects to be at least £10,000. Applications can relate to buildings, land, vehicles, equipment or any other capital related item.

How to apply

Applications are subject to a two stage application process. We invite applicants to submit an expression of interest via their county councillor or community champion. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full application form.

Community champions

  • Cambridge City – Cllr Claire Richards
  • East Cambridgeshire – Cllr Lis Every
  • Fenland – Cllr Jan French
  • Huntingdonshire – Cllr Adela Costello
  • South Cambridgeshire – Your local county councillor

Please email the community champion for your area or your county councillor if you have any queries. Contact details for community champions and county councillors can be found on our Cambridgeshire CMIS website.

Funds available to help Communities during Covid-19

The information below lists several funds which have been made available over the last couple of weeks in response to the current national crisis. Please click on the links to find out more details about each fund and how to apply.


Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund

The fund is open to constituted community organisations throughout Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), who are supporting isolated older and vulnerable people at this time.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 will be considered (larger grants may be available for groups working in partnership). CCF aim for the process to take between 5 and 10 days.

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 60 and over) and other vulnerable people (high risk, pre-existing medical conditions), as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19. This will include the need for self-isolation, financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, further exacerbation of health issues, loneliness and isolation of these people.

Who can apply:

  • Constituted organisations based in Cambridgeshire.
  • Parish, Town, District, City and County Council teams.
  • Partnerships – we want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities. We will therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.
  • Groups who already have live projects or pending applications.
  • Repeat applications under the same fund for continuation of projects that are proving to work well.

For more information: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/cambridgeshire-coronavirus-community-fund.html


CAF Coronavirus emergency fund

CAF has launched this rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.   

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and CAF aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

Who can apply:

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, eg Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others 
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

How much can you apply for:

Organisations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or your Covid-19 emergency response activities.

For more information:


The Prince’s Countryside Fund Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of Coronavirus. This many include but is not limited to: – Fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs – Costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups – Rural foodbanks and food delivery.

How much can you apply for:

The Fund can award grants of up to £2,500.

For more information:


Sport England

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

These organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

How much can you apply for:

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances they will consider awards of more than £10,000.

For more information:

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

Free to attend funding workshop

Please share this information in your local communities, you can also download a poster to display in your village hall, community building or local notice board – just click the download button below.

This event provides a great opportunity to hear advice from CCVS officers as well as hearing directly from local funders.

To book your place at this event please contact CCVS directly on:

To book go to: www.bit.ly/CCVStraining
Or email any questions to: enquiries@cambridgecvs.org.uk

Biffa funding for Community Buildings

If you are looking for funding for your village hall or community building and you are close to a Biffa operation site you may qualify for their funding pot.

Projects can include building refurbishments and internal works to kitchens, toilets, roofs, flooring, window, doors and heating systems.

As an example you could apply for a grant if you are within 10 miles of the Eye Landfill site at Eyebury Road, Eye, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE6 7TH

The Biffa site provides an easy postcode checker to establish if you are within their area to qualify. Please see further information about this fund by clicking the link below: https://www.biffa-award.org/community-buildings/

Funding opportunities for your Charity

Below we have provided a list of organisations that may be able to fund projects at your community building. The criteria for each fund can be found via the web links provided, if you would like any support in making funding applications please contact our office and speak to Lisa Chambers at lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk or call 01353 865048.


Armed Forces Day grants – 27 June 2020

The Ministry of Defence offers a grant for Armed Forces Day (27 June 2020) events up to the value of £10,000, depending on the size and format of the event.

This grant is match-funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, If the total cost of the event is £10,000 and you raise £5,000, the grant could cover up to £5,000. To apply for this grant, you must first register your event on the Armed Forces Day website.

Ministry of Defence funding can be used to pay for:

  • road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches
  • decorations, flags and banners
  • newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event
  • marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event
  • insurance
  • PA and communications systems

For more information visit their website: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/get-involved/organise-your-own-event/apply-forfunding/


Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.

The grant funding is managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network across the country. The grant aims to help fund the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding for their project as this scheme only funds up to 20% of eligible costs, with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable, meaning the overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000.

For more information please contact either Lisa Chambers at Cambridgeshire ACRE or go directly to the ACRE website: http://acre.org.uk/our-work/village-hall-improvement-grant%20fund


Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they’re doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.

Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.

This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply. For more information click the link: https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/


Awards for All England – National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities. Applications must meet at least one of them. The priorities are:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfill their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

This is an open programme. Applications can be made at any time. More information can be found via this link: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awardsfor-all-england


Community Centres & Village Halls grants – Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.

The Foundation wants to support community centres and village halls which are at the heart of small, deprived communities. They expect that you will be providing a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to your area.

They interpret ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so you might be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

The Foundation will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the costs of the project before you start an application.

For more information click the link: http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/grants/community-centres-and-villagehalls/


Tesco Community Grants

Tesco provide three local community grant schemes, where the money raised from plastic carrier bag sales is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events.

There are currently three grant schemes covering different sizes of projects and parts of the country:

  • Tesco Bags of Help, which provides grants of up to £2,000 to projects in the UK
  • Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, which provides funding of up to £25,000 to projects that have a significant regional impact in the UK
  • The Tesco Centenary Fund which provides grants of up to £50,000 to projects that have a significant regional impact in Northern Ireland

More information via this link: https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/


#CelebrateNationalLottery25

The National Lottery is marking it’s 25th birthday by bringing people together.

They are offering people and communities with great ideas the chance to receive a grant between £100 and £1,000.

If you have an idea for an event or community activity or even if you want to buy something, that will bring your community together – they want to hear from you!

Watch their video and click the link to find out more https://www.celebratenationallottery25.com/

Are you searching for funding?

Looking for funding can make you feel like a detective, searching high and low for the right organisation to support your project. Well there are tools to help, have you tried our Support Cambridgeshire funding portal? Not only can you search on-line but you can also create and download reports to follow up with organisations.

Why not start your search today? Simply click the link and register: Support Cambridgeshire 4 Community

Enter the details of your charity and search the funds available, you can save your search to return to at a later date or you can print a report. Below are two examples of reports.

If you would like any help or assistance using this site please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link or calling 01353 865048

Good Luck with your searches!