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Sustainable City funding

Expressions of interest are being sought now from groups planning or wanting to run an environmental project in Cambridge from April 2018 to March 2019.

Sustainable City funding is open for expressions of interest from local, non-profit groups whose environmental projects will address the council’s objectives outlined in the Cambridge City Council Climate Change Strategy 2016-21 [PDF, 7MB] including supporting local residents and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reduce their carbon footprint by improving energy efficiency and reduce their waste through increasing reuse and recycling and encouraging residents to use more sustainable transport methods such as cycling, walking and car sharing.

Maximum funding is £10,000 per organisation. Groups can apply for more than one project but the total of all applications for any one organisation must not exceed £10,000. VAT costs may only be included if you are unable to recover them.

Match funding is required: this funding cannot be used to fund more than 50% of any project, so match funding should be sought. This can come from a variety of sources such as donated materials, work-in-kind, sponsorship, donations of money, volunteer hours (at a suggested equivalent hourly rate of £8.75).

Apply for funding

If you meet the eligibility criteria listed below, and would like an expression of interest form or have any questions about the funding, email or phone 01223 457176.

Please note that in Phase 2 of the application process (see 'funding process and timetable', below), we will ask to see your organisation’s accounts, equal opportunities policy and safeguarding policy (if the project involves children or vulnerable adults), so please ensure you can provide these if requested.

Eligibility criteria

Your organisation must:

  • Be a voluntary or community organisation
  • Have a bank account
  • Have a governing document, such as a constitution

Your project must:

  • Be located in the city of Cambridge
  • Be completed before 31 March 2019
  • Benefit residents and/ or SMEs in Cambridge

Your application must:

  1. Demonstrate how the project will enable the following to take part, or benefit, in the activities and support to be provided:
  • City residents with the most need, including those on low incomes, or
  • SMEs with fewer than 250 employees and less than €50m turnover or €43m balance sheet total

2.  Address one of the 2018-19 funding priorities:

  • Reducing energy consumption and emissions from homes and businesses in Cambridge
  • Supporting businesses to improve energy efficiency and increase waste reduction
  • Reducing emissions from transport by promoting sustainable transport and encouraging behaviour change
  • Reducing consumption of resources, increasing recycling and reducing waste

  • Supporting residents and businesses of Cambridge to adapt to the impacts of climate change

3.  Achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Reduce energy consumption by residents and businesses, including through promoting take up of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources
  • Improve energy efficiency and increase waste reduction in businesses  
  • Behaviour change towards an increase in use of sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car sharing etc.)
  • Increase reuse and recycling, and reduce general waste produced by residents or businesses
  • Increase access to sustainably produced food for residents, visitors and those who work in Cambridge
  • Support vulnerable residents to respond to the potential impacts of climate change, including heatwaves, flooding and water shortages

Funding process and timetable

Phase 1: The Expression of Interest form seeks to gather the top-level information needed to assess which proposals the council would like to take forward to Phase 2.

  • 6 December 2017: Expression of interest form publicised
  • 22 January 2018, 5pm: Deadline for receipt of expressions of interest form

Phase 2: Applicants whose project proposals are taken to Phase 2 will be asked to attend an informal discussion with panel members to draw up a detailed project plan and confirm outcomes and timeframes. Funding and monitoring agreements will be issued to successful applicants.

  • Week commencing 19 February 2018: Organisations will be notified whether their projects have progressed to Phase 2. The panel will meet with the Phase 2 organisations in the following weeks to firm up projects, outcomes and monitoring expectations in order to prepare funding agreements
  • 1 April 2018: Funding will be transferred to successful applicants subject to the receipt of signed funding agreements

Other funding

If your project does not fit the criteria for Sustainable City funding you might consider applying for one of the many grants the council offers.

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