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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

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 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:  or alternatively by emailing or phoning 01223 457875.