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Applications invited for three city council grants - tackling inequality, homelessness and climate change

News release from 16/08/2019

VOLUNTARY and community groups are being invited to apply for grant funding from Cambridge City Council to help pay for their activities in 2020-2021.

There are three grant funds available to local groups to help them deliver projects and services for city residents. They are:

1. Community grants

These aim to reduce social and/or economic inequality for residents who are in greatest need through the following activities:

  • Sports
  • Arts and culture
  • Community development
  • Anti-poverty
  • Employment support
  • Legal and financial advice
  • Voluntary sector capacity building

2. Homelessness prevention grants

These grants aim to reduce the levels of homelessness and rough sleeping in Cambridge through activities that:

  • Prevent homelessness or rough sleeping
  • Relieve homelessness and rough sleeping

3. Sustainable city grants

These grants focus on initiatives that will help tackle the climate emergency by:

  • Reducing the consumption of energy and resources by improving energy efficiency in homes and businesses and increasing reuse and recycling to reduce waste
  • Increasing access to local sustainably produced food
  • Reducing emissions from travel by promoting sustainable transport

Applications will need to demonstrate how they meet the criteria for each grant, details of which are available at www.cambridge.gov.uk/grants.

Free workshops to explain the funds and application process will take place at the following times:

  1. Tuesday, 10 September, 6.15pm
  2. Wednesday, 18 September, 10am

Both workshops are at the Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ (free parking) lasting about an hour and a half.

To book a place please email grants@cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 457875 giving: your name, organisation, contact number and which session you would like to attend.

Groups thinking of applying for a grant are encouraged to send a representative to one of the workshops. The period for submitting grant applications is open until 1 October.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Council, said: “We are so lucky to have such a vibrant voluntary and community sector in Cambridge.

“As a council, we are determined in 2020 to continue to support local groups that are making a real difference to people’s lives by tackling the three big challenges facing Cambridge – tackling inequality, homelessness and the climate emergency.

“Our helpful grants team is on hand to provide advice to anyone who is interested in making an application and I would urge groups who are doing great work for the community on these three council priorities to find out more and apply for a grant before the 1 October deadline.” ​

Awards will be assessed by council officers and then considered by councillors in early 2020. They are subject to the council’s budget being approved in February.

A guide to applying for the community grants is available at: www.cambridge.gov.uk/community-grants  or alternatively by emailing grants@cambridge.gov.uk or phoning 01223 457875.

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