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:
- Arts and culture
- Community development
- 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:
- Tuesday, 10 September, 6.15pm
- 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 email@example.com 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.