Young People’s Programme/ The Allen Lane Foundation / Apply anytime

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People (UK – excl. Greater London)

What is available?

Grants of up to £15,000 are available to UK charities and not-for-profit organisations working with young people aged 12-21 who are socially excluded or marginalised, and who are experiencing or may have experienced significant issues within their lives.

The Allen Lane Foundation Young People’s Programme is keen to support young people who are facing difficult challenges and barriers to accessing support and opportunities.

A particular focus is given to supporting:

• children who are considered persistently absent from school

• those leaving school with no qualifications

• children and young people in/leaving care


The average grant is around £5,000 to £6,000.

The funding could be used, for example, for:

• pro-active youth clubs

• activities for disaffected young people

• employment opportunities

• to provide experience which help young people to find structure


Who can apply?

Organisations that work across a local area, such as a village, estate, or town, must have an annual income of less than £100,000 to be eligible. Organisations that work across the entire UK must have an annual income of less than £250,000 to be eligible.

The Foundation does not fund work within Greater London.


When do the applications close:

Trustees meet to discuss grant applications three times a year, generally in February, June and October.

Applications can be made at any time.


How to Apply:

For more information and to apply please visit: Young People’s Programme – The Allen Lane Foundation

Green Business Impact Programme: a free business support programme and potential grant.

Allia and PECT’s Green Business Impact Programme is a FREE business support programme (and potential grant) for SMEs that have premises based in Cambridge, Huntingdonshire, or South Cambridgeshire (whatever their business sector or type – commercial, charity, social enterprise).


Get free expert support whatever your business. Learn how to measure and reduce energy use, identify savings through eco-friendly practices, and get ahead of your competitors.


Businesses and organisations across the country are joining the green movement to gain economic benefits and protect the environment. The UK government is committed to transforming all sectors of the UK economy to meet the Net Zero target by 2050, meaning companies emit no more carbon than they absorb.


The Green Business Impact Programme is a fully-funded support programme to help businesses and organisations become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon emissions. Designed for businesses in Cambridge, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint, improving energy efficiency, cutting utility costs, and showing their customers how they are moving towards net zero.


Applicants can access a grant* of up to £5,000 on completion of the programme to help with energy saving adaptions (grants will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and are match funded).


The programme ends at the end of March 2025.

Applicants are encouraged to apply before December 2024 so there is enough time to benefit from the programme.


Start your journey to a more sustainable future!

For more information please contact


This programme is funded by the UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund, and is a collaborative effort led by Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Growth Hub and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. It is jointly delivered by Allia and PECT.

Community Growing Grant / South Cambridgeshire District Council/ Closes 31 March 2025

What is the aim of this funding?

As part of the cost of living support programme, South Cambridgeshire District Council have set up a Grant Scheme to help start Community Growing Projects across South Cambridgeshire. The funding is able to be spent on any capital costs associated with setting up a Community Growing Project, such as raised beds, gardening equipment, soil, and seeds.

Perhaps there is an unused piece of land in your area that could be transformed with the installation of a raised bed, or you volunteer at a Community Orchard that has space to install a raised bed to grow fresh vegetables. You may be part of an existing group or form a group specifically to create and maintain a Community Growing Project. As long as you fit the eligibility criteria and your project will benefit your community, you can apply for up to £500 from this grant to start it.

Who can apply?

An applicant might be:

District: South Cambridgeshire

Applications close: The Community Growing Grant will run until 31 March 2025 or until funds are exhausted.

How to Apply: For more information and to apply please visit: Community Growing Grant – South Cambs District Council (

I.T. Grants / Net Solutions Wales/ Closes 30 June

What is available?

Net Solutions Wales can assist with I.T Grants of £10,000 for Community / Charity Groups ICT Development.

Term: Spend within one year.

Covering:  Grant Aid to UK Voluntary groups to assist with IT.  This can be Capital Expenditure, Training and Website Development.

Support: The Grants are for I.T up to £10,000. Full Support.


Who can apply?

Status: Voluntary Group with Constitution.

Type: Registered Charity or Voluntary Organisation.

Employees: Under 200.

Size: Small – See above.

Location: United Kingdom.

Other: One Application per year.


Applications close: 30 June 2024.


How to Apply: For more information and to apply please visit: NET Solutions Wales: web design, e-commerce, web hosting: Charities and community grants

IDOX offer free training sessions to all groups

Idox, the company that runs the Support4Communities funding database for Support Cambridgeshire, is offering all current users a free space on a ‘Bid writing’ workshop through the organisation Get Grants on the 4th of June.

As a database user, you will receive an email directly from IDOX asking if you want to sign up and attend. Please note that this is a separate offer from the Support Cambridgeshire training and events. Get Grants will deliver this webinar, which is free but only to those registered with the platform.

Did you miss the email? When you sign in, a link will be added to the front page of the Support4Communitites database.

Who are Get Grants

Get Grants are the Funding Experts with over a decade of experience of leading training and consultancy services. They offers a range of Fundraising Training Courses for fundraisers of all skill levels and organisations of all shapes and sizes that are attended by thousands of fundraisers each year.
This is complimented with regular free Workshops and opportunities that are delivered to inform, support and connect Fundraisers.

Workshop Overview

Get Grants Online Introduction to Bid-Writing Workshop will give you practical support to improve your grant fundraising success and inspire you to become a more confident grant fundraiser. In attending this workshop, you will access expert insights, crucial information, and friendly advice that will help you increase your income through grant funding.

Who our bid-writing workshop is for…

This workshop is aimed at organisations that are interested in growing their grant fundraising confidence and increasing their income through grant funding. Whether you are looking to hone your existing grant fundraising skills or you want to write your very first application – this workshop will be relevant for you.

What to expect…

This Bid-Writing session will clarify the grant funding process so that you leave the workshop with a more assured approach to grant fundraising. We will share our insights and experience from inside the world of grant fundraising and grant-giving, setting you on the right path and arming you with the information you need to make the best use of your time and energy spent fundraising.

What topics we cover…

On our Bid-Writing workshop, you will cover various topics to equip you with a solid foundation of grant fundraising best practice. Topics covered will include:

  • Finding Grant Opportunities
  • Finding the ‘Right’ Funder
  • Completing Application Forms
  • Need & Outcomes
  • Top Tips

Our Bid-Writing Course sessions are open and conversational, with a mix of group discussion and individual thought, offering a friendly and relaxed environment with plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout the day.

Course Delivery

The Workshop is delivered via Zoom over a 90 min session.



B&Q Foundation Grants / Closes 17 May

The B&Q Foundation Grants programme is provided by B&Q Foundation and managed by Neighbourly.

Neighbourly is a ‘multi-award winning giving platform used by thousands of local Good Causes across the UK and Ireland to seek help from businesses in the form of funding, volunteer time and surplus products’.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for registered charities working with people in need (by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, other disadvantage or distress) in the UK and who need funding for the following:

  • Projects that provide, maintain, repair or improve housing or community space.
  • Supporting people experiencing poor housing or homelessness.

Value Notes

There are two levels of grants:

  • Up to £5,000 for garden projects
  • Up to £10,000 for building or indoor projects.

The B&Q Foundation will consider awarding higher value grants.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities based and working in the UK can apply.

The following organisations can apply:

  • Foodbank
  • Community centre
  • Religious organisation
  • Disability charity/ service
  • Homelessness charity
  • Community volunteer group
  • Community shop/ pantry
  • Family centre/ charity
  • Mental health charity/ service
  • Community fridge
  • Children’s/ youth charity
  • Health charity
  • Elderly care charity/ group
  • Poverty relief
  • Community cafe
  • Social/supported accommodation.
  • Soup kitchen
  • Community garden
  • Preschool/ nursery
  • Hospice
  • Primary school
  • Environmental charity/ group
  • Youth group/ club
  • Redistribution and logistics
  • Nursing/ care home
  • Emergency/ rescue service
  • Day care centre
  • Sports club/ group
  • Community/ city farm
  • Conservation charity/ group
  • Veterans charity
  • Domestic abuse charity
  • Secondary school
  • Neighbourhood group
  • Park group
  • Recycling/ reuse charity
  • Performing arts group
  • Advice service
  • Refugee/ asylum charity
  • Hospital
  • Animal rescue/ care
  • Charity shop
  • Recreation and social group
  • Human rights organisation
  • LGBTQ+ charity
  • Community transport
  • College
  • Racial equality charity
  • Wildlife charity/group
  • Heritage trust
  • Campaigning organisation

Location: UK

Applications close: 17 May 2024

How to Apply: For more information and to apply please visit:

Adult Education Budget Re-Procurement: Bid for a place on the Cambridgeshire Skills Approved Provider List

Funding opportunity for voluntary and community organisations who are interested in delivering learning as part of Cambridgeshire Skills offer for the academic years August 2024 – July 2026.

Cambridgeshire County Council are inviting Adult Education providers to bid for a place on the Cambridgeshire Skills Approved Provider List’ to deliver AEB. Successful bidders will have the chance to be granted funding for the academic year(s) 1 August 2024 – 31 July 2026, with the possibility to extend the Approved Provider List for two further years.

There is total funding of £638,000 available per year.

The Council receives two separate Adult Education Budget (AEB) grants from:
1. Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)/Department for Education (DfE)
2. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA)

The Council delivers adult education in-house, but a proportion of the grants are sub-contracted to independent providers that deliver training that complements the in-house delivery.

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables more flexible tailored programmes of learning to be made available, which may or may not require a qualification, to help eligible learners engage in learning, build confidence, and/or enhance their wellbeing.

The relevant CPCA and ESFA Funding Rules and eligibility criteria for the academic year (1 August 2024 – 31 July 2025) will apply to this funding.

Opening date to register interest: 18/04/2024 12:00

Closing date to register interest: 31/08/2026 12:00

For more information and to register interest please visit:

Clarion Futures Grants/ Eddington Community Fund/ Closes 12 June 2024

Eddington Community Fund

To help groups deliver community activities in North West Cambridge.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to organisations seeking to deliver well designed projects for the benefit of residents and the wider community in and around the Eddington area.

Key outcomes are increasing cohesion, volunteering, events and capacity of local groups.


  • Local is being defined as the wards in and around the Eddington development site, including both South Cambs and City
    • Castle
    • Newnham
    • Arbury
    • Kings Hedges
    • Girton
    • Harston and Comberton
    • Histon and Impington

Application opens: 1st May 2024

Application closes: 12th June 2024

To find out more and apply please visit:

Big Give/ Women & Girls Match Fund/ Closes 21 June 2024

Big Give’s Women and Girls Match Fund

What is available:

The Women and Girls Match Fund utilises ‘1:1’ Model of match funding. Women and Girls charities apply to Big Give and have their application assessed. Successful charities are awarded a sum of match funding which is ring-fenced for their organisation. This match funding is unlocked by public donations given through Big Give’s online fundraising platform during the campaign.

District: UK

Charity Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK-registered charity with a Charity Commission, OSCR or NI Charity Commission number, or tax-exempt status
  • Have an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts on the Charity Commission).
  • Charities which are registered on (free to register).
  • Charities seeking to raise either £2,500, £5,000 or £10,000 in public donations (to be doubled by the match funds). Charities are able to use the campaign to raise unrestricted funds.
  • Charities working to to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls within the UK and internationally.
  • Charities that are led by, for and with women and girls. To assess this, they will look at whether your governing documents specifically mentions women/and or girls, whether you have a majority female board, who your beneficiaries are and your web presence (if your organisation has one).
  • They would encourage applications from charities that are led by Black and minoritised women and girls, LGBTQI women and girls, or Disabled women and girls. These applications will be prioritised in the assessment process.

Application closes: 21st June 2024

To find out more and apply please visit: Women and Girls Match Fund – The Big Give

Community engagement funding comes to Fenland

Following the earlier funding received by Support Cambridgeshire for their work in Fenland, the partnership is thrilled to announce an additional five-year grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. This funding will continue to support and develop voluntary and community sector groups and organisations throughout the county.

The Support Fenland project began in 2021 with funding from Lloyds Foundation Bank, initiating a one-year pilot project to assess the support needed by voluntary and community groups in Fenland for further development. The outcome highlighted the essential need for such support across the district to maximise the potential of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS).

In response to the pivotal findings of this pilot, Support Cambridgeshire applied for funding from various sources, with successful outcomes. This initiative builds upon the groundwork laid by the pilot project, focusing on enhancing and expanding support and advisory services throughout Fenland. The project’s ethos emphasises collaborative efforts with local communities to develop resilient support systems tailored by and for the communities.


Julie Farrow, CEO of Hunts Forum and lead on Support Cambridgeshire, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We are excited that we can now offer the communities of Fenland the same type of support that other districts receive. This five-year funding will enable us further to enhance the voluntary and community sector’s wonderful work.”


With years of experience collaborating with staff and volunteers from various charities and community groups across the county, both partners specialise in providing guidance, training, and support. They aim to empower individuals in these organisations, equipping them with the necessary skills and confidence to secure funding, expand their outreach, and effect positive change within local communities. Furthermore, both organisations facilitate the establishment of new groups, amplify community voices, and foster knowledge sharing among groups.

While Fenland groups haven’t received bespoke support like some other districts, this new project aims to rectify that. It will begin by engaging with existing groups, local residents, and other stakeholders to determine necessary changes to support charities and communities better. Drawing on their experience, the partners will provide more training, assistance, and opportunities for collaboration.


Mark Freeman, CEO at CCVS, shared his excitement, stating, “Fenland communities are already making significant contributions, and we are thrilled to see that with this funding from the National Lottery Communities Fund, we can complement existing efforts to enhance further and develop what works within the district.”


The project is poised to ensure that Fenland’s charities and community groups consistently have the resources and support necessary to cultivate healthier, happier communities.

This project would not be possible without the funding received from The National Lottery Community Fund.

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