CAMBRIDGE City Council has welcomed the news that the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded more than £450,000 in funding over the last three months to 10 community projects in Cambridge.
In total £452,814 was awarded to the projects, including £10,000 to the council’s Active Lifestyles team for its ‘Active Communities’ programme. This meant that they could purchase equipment for new free sporting events and sessions to encourage young people to be active outside of school.
Other funding was awarded to the following Cambridge-based organisations or events for these activities:
- CamSight – Local trips for adults and young people with limited vision or blindness (£8,244)
- Illuminate Charity – Mentoring project to help people with mental health problems to return to work (£9,950) and coaching/support groups for people experiencing poor mental health (£45,840)
- Pink Festival Group – Running the first Cambridge Pride LGBTQ+ festival, which was held earlier this month (£8,500)
- Acting Now – Drama workshops for people with mental ill-health and learning disabilities (£9,620)
- Hammer and Tong Productions – Arts based workshops for young people (£10,000)
- CamRuSS – Autumn fair to celebrate creative and entrepreneurial talents and the diverse culture of the region (£3,990)
- Encompass Network – Four day festival celebrating role of LGBT people of colour (£9,850)
- Findacure Foundation – An empowerment programme providing training and support services to people with rare diseases (£336,820)
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many local organisations who are doing such important work receiving this funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. Projects like these make a massive difference to people’s lives in Cambridge.
“We share the National Lottery’s commitment to supporting groups who work to improve people’s lives. One of the ways we do this is through our Community Grants fund, which this year has provided funding totalling £1 million to groups tackling poverty and inequality, and strengthening the community.”