Local groups tackling inequality invited to apply for Area Committee Grants

News release from 05/01/2018

LOCAL groups serving disadvantaged areas and communities in Cambridge could be eligible for grants from Cambridge City Council.

The council’s Area Committee Grants totalling £70,000 are available to groups across the city, including non-profit, voluntary and community organisations, or groups of local residents.

Grants of up to £5,000 are awarded to groups to help fund various aspects of a project benefiting people living in a particular part of the city, such as:

  • Venue hire for community, arts or sports activities;
  • Transport for trips by younger or older residents;
  • Materials for art projects.

Projects that help reduce social and/or economic inequality for disadvantaged residents will be prioritised for grants, in line with the council’s ongoing Anti-poverty Strategy.

Groups can apply to one of the council’s four area committees, covering the North, East, South and West/Central areas of the city for funding for projects or activities which will take place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Applications from groups are open from 3 January, with deadlines in February and March, depending on the area of the city. Councillors will then decide on the grant applications that are received at the respective Area Committee meetings in March and April.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Council, said: “There are a host of groups across the city doing some amazing work to help residents of all ages.

“Cambridge is a city that offers a wealth of opportunities, but not all of our residents have the same access to these opportunities, whether for financial, health, cultural or other reasons.

“Our Area Committee Grants are one way in which the council will be working in 2018 with our excellent range of voluntary organisations, volunteers and self-help groups across Cambridge to deliver services or events for people who need help the most, and work with us to create a more equal city.”

For more details visit: www.cambridge.gov.uk/area-committee-funding, email: grants@cambridge.gov.uk or call the Grants Team on 01223 457875.

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