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Cambridge City Council

Community groups encouraged to apply for grant funding from Cambridge City Council

27 August 2021

VOLUNTARY and community groups are being invited to apply for grant funding of over £1.7 million from Cambridge City Council to help fund activities in 2022-23.

Three funds are available to address:

  1. Social and/or economic inequality among Cambridge residents with the greatest need of support
  2. Tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in Cambridge
  3. Reducing carbon emissions, general waste and increasing reuse and recycling, sustainable transport modes and sustainably produced food

Each fund has detailed eligibility criteria and is outcome focussed to ensure it makes a difference. The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 4 October 2021.

In past years organisations have used grant funding for a range of purposes:                                       

  • Support for social enterprises
  • Sports and arts activities and programmes in the community
  • Free legal and financial advice
  • Events in neighbourhoods such as summer fairs, trips, Christmas events, weekly activities to reduce isolation or gain skills
  • Digital equipment data and support
  • Provision of furniture, electrical goods and other household items for people on low income and benefits
  • Holiday lunch programmes
  • Employability and wellbeing programmes for women
  • Activities, support and information for young people, older people, people from diverse ethnic communities, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community
  • Activities and support for families
  • Volunteering and support for the local voluntary sector
  • Support for victims of domestic abuse
  • Supported housing
  • Substance misuse outreach service
  • Young peoples housing support, emergency accommodation, homelessness prevention programmes
  • Eco homes programmes and zero carbon activity programme

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Our grants can help make a real difference to the lives of people in our city.

“There are so many groups doing great work across Cambridge to help our community and respond to the climate emergency and I urge them to look into the funding that might be available for their work.

“If any groups, whether new applicants or ‘old hands’ need advice or support, I do encourage them to get in touch with our officers, who are able to help applicants through the process.” ​

Awards will be considered by councillors in January 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