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Cambridge City Council

Community groups encouraged to apply for grant funding from council

News release from 15 September 2020

VOLUNTARY and community groups are being invited to apply for grant funding from Cambridge City Council to help fund their activities in 2021-22.

The council’s Community Grant Fund supports local voluntary and community groups. It is aimed at helping fund projects which tackle social and/or economic inequality among Cambridge residents with the greatest need of support.

The period for submitting grant applications is open until Monday 5 October. Applications to support a variety of activities are welcome – including sporting, arts and cultural activities. Organisations providing community development, legal, financial or employment advice and support are also encouraged to apply.

Applications will need to demonstrate how they would contribute to the council’s priorities of:

  • Reducing poverty;
  • Improving skills and confidence to gain employment;
  • Improving health and wellbeing;
  • Uniting communities and bringing about change;
  • Creating a stronger voluntary sector in Cambridge.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “As a council, we believe in doing everything we can to support our local voluntary and community groups in the amazing work they do.

“This is perhaps more important than ever this year as these groups are doing so much to tackle the effects of Coronavirus and the lockdown, which as we know have affected most seriously those people in the community who were already at a disadvantage. These groups are often doing that in the face of reduced income because of the impact of Coronavirus.

“Our community grants can help to make a real difference to the lives of people in Cambridge and I urge any of the groups who are doing great work for the community to apply for a grant before the 5 October deadline.

“Our grants team are very supportive and if anyone has any questions about the process, I encourage groups to get in touch with them for help.” ​

Grant awards will be considered by councillors at Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee on 28 January 2021 and are subject to the council’s budget being approved at the full council meeting in February.

A guide to applying for the community grants is available at:  or alternatively by emailing or phoning 01223 457968.