Thalia WB/ Community Fund/ 3 closing dates

What is available: The Thalia Community Fund offers grants towards the improvement of your local area. Grants can be offered in the range of £10,000 to £100,000, with the exception of requests under Object DA where the minimum threshold is £5,000. However, applications for grants over £50,000 will need to demonstrate exceptional need and value to the community.

District: Cambridgeshire

Applications close:

  • Apply by 1 March for projects starting in June
  • Apply by 1 June for projects starting September
  • Apply by 1 September for projects starting December
  • Apply by 1 December for projects starting March

Who is the funding for : Organisations and groups within 10 miles of a landfill site within Cambridgeshire County Council’s boundaries can apply.

How to Apply: If you would like to apply please complete an application form that can be found here: Thalia WB Community Fund – Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (


Thalia Community Fund

The Thalia Community Fund offers grants towards the improvement of your local area.

Grants are available for projects which provide, maintain or improve:

  • a public park or general amenity
  • conserve a species or habitat, or
  • repair, maintain or restore a place of architectural importance or worship.

The grants are open to organisations and groups within 10 miles of a landfill site within Cambridgeshire County Council’s boundaries. The fund is managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, who receive landfill tax credits from Thalia and choose the grants against set national criteria.

There is a two-stage application process for the grants, which are paid at the end of the project when evidence of expenditure has been provided. More information on who can apply and what projects the Thalia Community Fund can support is available on the Cambridgeshire Community Fund website.



Cambridgeshire and Peterborough + Voluntary Sector Network – Update Bulletin – April 2024

Plunkett UK/ Support for community assets/ Closes March 2025

What is available: Free packages of business support covering everything from financial planning to governance, plus feasibility grants of up to £5,000 and capital grants of up to £45,000.

District: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s market towns and rural hinterlands.

Application opens: March 2024

Applications close: March 2025

Who is the funding for :Community groups across the region to take ownership and operation of local pubs and assets that are vacant or at risk of closure, revitalising assets whilst protecting and providing key local amenities that will benefit the community.

How to Apply: If you would like to apply please phone: 01993 630 022 or email:


Plunkett UK

Plunkett UK has received funding from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to support communities in the area’s market towns and rural hinterlands to save assets which are at risk of closure or which have already closed, or to bring new services to their locale.

Plunkett supports people in rural areas to set up and run a wide range of businesses which are genuinely owned by local communities, whereby members have equal and democratic control. They represent community businesses throughout the UK, from shops and pubs through to woodlands, farms and fisheries.

Funding from the Combined Authority has enabled Plunkett to offer community groups exploring community business as a way to address their communities’ needs, free packages of business support covering everything from financial planning to governance, plus feasibility grants of up to £5,000 and capital grants of up to £45,000.

Business support and grants will be available until March 2025 and can be accessed by contacting Plunkett on 01993 630 022 or emailing

More information can be found here:



Care Leavers Programme offers £40,000 of funding to organisations supporting young care leavers.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has launched a £40,000 Care Leavers Programme, thanks to funding from The Local Authorities’ Mutual Investment Trust Limited and a generous local donor.

The Foundation offers grants of £5,000-£10,000 to local authorities and charitable organisations supporting young care leavers.

The funding aims to help address the multitude of challenges that care, leavers, face and provide experiences or opportunities from which they may not otherwise benefit.

Applications can be made for projects, including courses, excursions, and activities.

The Foundation is also inviting applications to support individual beneficiaries. Among other eligible expenditures, grants can be offered to cover driving lessons, deposits, furniture, and other essentials. The funding can also be used for educational support, including bursaries, costs of meals and travel, as well as equipment.

This programme adds to the Foundation’s existing offering of support for looking after children and care leavers. Their Outlook Fund has been funding local projects for over 10 years, supporting over 7,000 looked-after children and care leavers in this time.

The Foundation is inviting applications for grants from the Care Leavers Programme until 1 May 2024.

To find out more and apply, visit

Funding Month – Local Funder Resources

Thank you for attending Funding Month 2024; we hope the information received was helpful and contributes to your future success.

A Big Thank You

We would like to thank Community Matters Yorkshire for organising the national days and our local funders/officers who provided their valuable time and information for the local funder days.


Local Funders 11th and 12th March 2024

As promised, the presentations and links to contacts for local funding can be found below.

National Funders 19th and 20th March 2024

Community Matters will email you the slides relating to the talks you attended.


Help us shape the 2025 event.

We do value your feedback. These events are meant to be useful; if they are not, we want to know how to make them. Do you think we should plan longer sessions and opportunities for more exploration of partnership working? Would you like to see workshops in other areas related to funding included? Please do feedback via


Resources from local funder days 11th and 12th March 2024

Cambridge City Council 

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

East Cambridgeshire Council

National Lottery Community Fund

South Cambridgeshire District Council

The Evelyn Trust

Huntingdonshire District Council


DBS Spring Conference 2024

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The Disclosure and Barring Service is hosting its Spring Conference: DBS Spring Conference 2024 | LinkedIn on Tuesday 30 April – a free virtual event open to everyone with an interest in safeguarding.

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Spring Conference 2024 page where they will be streaming a series of engaging and informative events free of charge via LinkedIn Live.

DBS supports employers in making safer recruitment decisions by processing and issuing criminal record checks and by maintaining the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists.

At their Spring Conference 2024, they will be sharing a range of webinars tailored to support individuals and organisations across a variety of sectors. Each webinar will be hosted by specialists in the areas they will discuss. Following each webinar, there will be an opportunity (for everyone) to participate in a live Q & A session with DBS experts.

You will be able to join all six webinars throughout the day or choose any specific ones you are most interested in.

The 6 sessions will include:

1. ‘An introduction to Basic DBS checks’: a session focussing on Basic DBS checks including what information is shared on this level of check and the benefits it carries for organisations.
2.  ‘Digital DBS – embracing technology to enhance our services’: This session will look at the digital services DBS offers, plans for the future and how these advances play such an important role in supporting the strategic direction of DBS and in increasing safeguarding.
3. ‘Transferable harm and reporting to DBS’: Explore how harmful behaviour displayed outside work/voluntary settings may impact safeguarding and could lead to someone being included in a barred list.
4. ‘Myth busting the DBS check process’: This session will explain the disclosure process and dispel some common myths surrounding DBS application delays.
5.  ‘Using our DBS Update Service to keep DBS certificates up-to-date’: This session will provide you with an insight into what the Update Service is, how it can support safer recruitment and employment, and the benefits to both subscribers and recruiters.
6. ‘Providing the information needed to make a balanced safeguarding decision’: This session will delve into what a good barring referral looks like, how and why we request different types of information and how we use this information to help us make a balanced, factually sound and defensible decision whether or not to include someone in the Children’s and/or Adults Barred Lists.

To keep up to date with announcements, and to view details of the webinars, click on the link , follow the page and turn on the page notifications at the top of the page.

Please note, if you are unable to join us on the day the sessions will be available after the conference via this page on LinkedIn and a separate landing page for the benefit of non-LinkedIn users.

If you have any queries, please email the team at

Fundraiser Network: The Superpower of Networks

The SUPERPOWER of NETWORKS Our members have told us that they want a space to network and build relationships with others from the sector and also with businesses and statutory providers; “that leads to mutual support, knowledge sharing and partnerships.” As a partnership organisation, Support Cambridgeshire is actively harnessing the power of the “hive mind.”….

State of the Sector – Have your say! DEADLINE EXTENDED 18 MARCH 2024


Some may say the past twelve months, compared to others, has been a quiet year for our society, with no significant health crisis or political upheaval and that perhaps a glimpse of positivity can be seen for our communities with things calming down.

Last year, the State of the Sector report showed a decrease in volunteer numbers against an increase in those individuals that groups support having more complex needs and, therefore, longer waiting lists. The 2023 report and its findings have been essential in helping Support Cambridgeshire make a case for the crucial role of voluntary and community groups in our communities with tightening budgets and cuts to services.

It’s that time again when we ask for five minutes of your precious time to let us know how you’re coping in this environment. Are you still struggling to find volunteers? Has funding increased? Are you more optimistic today about the future of your group? We want to know!

We need as many individuals from charities, not-for-profit organisations, and community groups to complete the 2024 Survey of Cambridgeshire Community Groups and Charities. This way, we can see what is happening across the county and whether the challenges you are currently facing are the same as last year or if there is something we all need to be aware of coming down the road.

All organisations that fill out the survey will be entered into a prize draw for £100 for that organisation. The closing date for the survey is 4th March , and the prize draw will follow this.

Fill in the survey here

The road ahead is bumpy, but we are here to help

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For those unaware, on the 29th of February, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) launched its Road Ahead paper. A research piece which looks at the up-and-coming potential challenges facing the voluntary and community sectors in the coming year.

Depending on your organisation’s shape, size, and makeup, the challenges will be different. Here are a few I found interesting along with how Support Cambridgeshire can support your organisation this year:

Funding Uncertainty: Voluntary organisations often rely on public funding, grants, and donations. Economic fluctuations or changes in government priorities could lead to funding uncertainties, affecting the sustainability of organisations. We are already seeing that public donations are decreasing, and with more local authorities declaring bankruptcy, this is a worrying time. Groups need to look at income generation from a mixture of sources. With that, Support Cambridgeshire continues to offer the Support Cambridgeshire funding database, a free directory of funders. We also have a Funding alert email highlighting local and national funding pots the team thinks your group could be interested in, plus our countywide Funding Month in March, which allows you to listen to over 25 local and national funders talk about how to access their funding pots.


Increased Demand for Services: Economic and demographic changes are leading to an increase in demand for some services; we expect this to increase further. The uncertainty around political changes is not helping matters when thinking about the future and what groups can do now to support their clients and stay relevant. This has not helped with the national decrease in volunteers that the sector has seen over the past few years. While Support Cambridgeshire is unable to support you with the uncertainty, we are here to support you to be ready for whatever comes around the corner. This includes running regular training on strategy, finance, and much more. Don’t forget our on-demand training portal, where we keep adding training, which is open to anyone, at any time of the day. In addition, our Governance Month we are launching in November, is worth checking out, where we have a range of events looking at the governance of our sector. Regarding the volunteers, we have our Connecting Communities month in June, which looks at all things volunteer recruitment and retainment and don’t forget the Volunteer Cambs website.


Policy and Regulatory Changes: Changes in government policies, regulations, or compliance requirements could also impact local community groups in Cambridgeshire. This year, several laws are coming into place around HR, Procurement, Environment, and Campaigning. This is going to require groups to keep up to date with legislation and how they comply. Support Cambridgeshire knows it is important to inform the sector of the changes, making sure we highlight these changes in our news blogs and updates, which you’ll find on the front page of the Support Cambridgeshire website. You can also sign up to have these drop into your inbox. The other place to keep updated on these changes is through our network sessions, which run regularly throughout the year. We have several opportunities to hear what’s happening both locally and nationally.

2024 is going to be one of those years which has lots of change; however, repeatedly voluntary and community organisations have proven that they are up to the challenge. Support Cambridgeshire, however, wants to hear how you are doing, so don’t forget to get engaged in our annual State of the Sector survey, which allows us to see locally if these national trends are the same in Cambridgeshire.


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National Lottery/Heritage Fund/Quarterly deadlines

Grants available:  £10k to £10m

District: England

Application closes: Rolling

Who is the funding for: Heritage related projects



National Lottery Heritage Grants form part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new 10-year strategy, Heritage 2033, that aims to invest £3.6 billion across the UK with grants ranging from £10,000 up to £10 million.

The strategy is centred around a simplified framework of four investment principles:

  • Saving heritage.
  • Protecting the environment.
  • Inclusion, access and participation.
  • Organisational sustainability.

Grants are available to support projects of up to five years that care for and sustain heritage in the UK. This could include nature and habitats, historic buildings and environments, or cultures, traditions and people’s memories.

The programme funds projects that:

  • Clearly focus on heritage – this can be national, regional or local heritage of the UK.
  • Take into account all four investment principles.
  • Have a clear plan with a defined start, middle and end.
  • Have not already started.
  • Can demonstrate the need for National Lottery investment.

Two levels of funding are available:

  • Grants from £10,000 to £250,000 for projects of no more than five years in duration.
  • Grants from £250,000 to £10 million for projects of no more than five years in duration (excluding the development phase).


Who can apply:

Applications from:

  • £10,000 to £100,000 will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage and partnerships.
  • £100,000 to £10 million will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.

Applications for more than £250,000 require an Expression of Interest which can be submitted at any time. If successful, applicants will then need to submit a development phase application. These have quarterly application deadlines.

Applications for grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 are open all year round with decisions in about two months.


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