Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications is 1st February 2022. Pre-application advice appointments will be offered in December (details below).
The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen our communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. Council services that are inviting applications are adult social care and children’s services.
The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire. Please note that projects serving Peterborough residents are not eligible.
This funding round is for Cultivate grant applications (£2,000-£15,000) for projects that build community support networks for vulnerable people.
We strongly urge organisations to seek pre-application advice on their project ideas before submitting an application. Telephone advice appointments for projects supporting vulnerable children, young people and families are offered on 1st and 9th December. Appointments for projects supporting vulnerable adults are offered on 14th and 16th December. These 15-minute appointments must be pre-booked and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please book here.
Cultivate Project Ideas
Do you want to do something for your community but need some inspiration to start a project? We’ve developed application guidance for 7 Cultivate project ideas – Mobile Warden Schemes, Community Youth Worker, Digital Inclusion, Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds – that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering, and complement more costly Council services. You can find guidance on how to apply for a start-up grant for each of these projects here.
Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) website.