Community grants

The community grant fund is available for projects that will help to reduce social or economic inequality in Cambridge.

Our film shows the positive impact that community grants have had recently on local lives:

Funding priorities

All applications must demonstrate how the funding will be used to reduce social or economic inequality, by removing barriers for city residents with the most need, to enable them to access one or more of the following:

  • Sporting activities
  • Arts and cultural activities
  • Community development activities
  • Legal or financial advice
  • Employment support
  • Capacity building of the voluntary sector to achieve the above

Organisations applying to provide legal advice and support must have the Advice Quality Standard or equivalent.

Funding outcomes

Your activity must reduce social or economic inequality for city residents with the highest needs.

It must also achieve one or more of the following:

  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Communities come together and bring about change
  • More people have better opportunities to gain employment
  • Stronger voluntary sector in the city

Community grants 2018-19

When to apply

This fund is now launched. The main round of grant applications will close on 2 October 2017 at midday. This is a strict deadline for bids. Decisions will be made at committee in January 2018.

How to apply

Download the application guidelines for 2018-19 community grants [PDF, 0.6MB].

  • Make sure your group meets the eligibility criteria listed in the 2018-19 Application Guidelines on pages 6-7
  • Make sure the proposed activity clearly fits the funding priorities on pages 3-4
  • After reading the Application Guidelines, contact us if you think you are eligible to apply.

We're happy to help you with any aspect of your funding application including organisational and financial issues (such as constitution, policies, preparation of budgets and accounts).

  • There is no guarantee that groups funded in one year will receive future funding
  • Any grant not spent for the purpose allocated or within one financial year must be repaid

Community grants 2017-18

  • This budget is closed as the funding was all allocated at committee in January 2017
  • The deadline for applications for these grants was 4 October 2016
  • We sometimes have small amounts of funding returned, so contact us if you wish to be added to a waiting list

Area committee funding

Most of the 2017-18 area committee funding has been allocated, but there is some West/ Central Area funding still available. Contact us for moe details.

Information about 2018-19 funding will be available in January 2017.

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