Meet the funders online surgeries

Start date: 5 December 2023
End date: 7 December 2023
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
Training & Events


An opportunity to meet with a funder online to discuss your activity or project ideas for funding

If you are a constituted community group, charity or club with a project or activity that you are seeking grant funding for, then here is a chance to meet some possible funders online.

This is an opportunity to talk about the funding you need and to get some general feedback, before potentially making an application.  Please note funders will NOT be able to give detailed help and if you need support to develop your application or you are not sure which funder to approach about your project you should contact CCVS via

There is information about each of the funders below, and we are arranging individual online appointments of up to 20 minutes on the following days:

  • Tuesday 5th December:
    • Cambridgeshire Community Forum
    • The National Lottery Community Fund
    • Cambridge City Council Area Committee Funding
  • Wednesday 6th December:
    • Community Chest Grants South – Cambridgeshire District Council
    • Zero Carbon Communities Grant – South Cambridgeshire District Council
    • The Evelyn Trust
  • Thursday 7th December:
    •  Community Reach Fund – Community Service, Cambridgeshire County Council
    • The National Lottery Heritage Fund

How to book a slot 

Complete this short enquiry form to provide us and the funders with some information about what you would like support with.  We will then schedule your appointments with your chosen funders.

If you have any queries or need support with the form please contact

Introducing the Funders

Cambridge City Council, Area Committee Funding 

Area Committee Community Grants of up to £5,000 are available for activities that reduce social and economic inequality for disadvantaged residents living in one of the four areas of Cambridge City. (Our ward map can help you work out which area committee you should apply to). Community, voluntary organisations, and groups of local residents are eligible to apply. The funding will be launched on 12th December and the application deadlines will be 31st January 2024. Funding is available for activities taking place between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.   You can click this link for examples of past grants.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation awards grants and offers support to local non-profit organisations which run projects that contribute to a better quality of life across our county. Supported projects often address inequalities and disadvantage, including issues concerning health and wellbeing, homelessness, social isolation, education, and the environment, among others. Information on available funds can be found here and a guide on how to apply here

The National Lottery Community Fund is open to applications from voluntary or community organisations.  Awards for All funds £300 to £10,000 for up to one year; Reaching Communities funds in excess of £10,000 for up to 5 years as does Partnerships which is for organisations that work together to help their community thrive.

The Evelyn Trust is interested in supporting health and wellbeing through Cambridgeshire charitable organisations using its Small Grants programme. Applications for between £4,000 and £10,000 can be made at any time and are considered quarterly. Projects are often pilots or trials of new services or may be supporting hard to reach communities or supporting groups of people where needs have increased. We have also supported small capital projects for equipment, vehicles, etc

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK. More than £30 million raised each week goes to good causes across the UK.

They offer a range of funding programmes with grants available for £3,000 and upwards

Appointments are available to speak to someone from the  Community Service  They have a small grant (up to £1,000) called the Community Reach Fund (CRF) to help groups with start-up costs e.g. for insurance or safeguarding checks and equipment and to support development and safeguarding

Community Chest Grants South Cambridgeshire District Council

SCDC offer grants of up to £2,000 applied for by not-for-profit groups or parish councils to benefit South Cambs residents.  The project must meet local need, leave a legacy for the community, and ensure equality of access.  It must also deliver one or more of the funds stated aims.  To find out more click here. Applications will need to be received by the seventh day of any given month to be considered at the Grant’s Advisory Committee meeting within the same month

Zero Carbon Communities Grant, South Cambridgeshire District Council 

The Zero Carbon Communities Grant Scheme allows communities in South Cambridgeshire to take action on climate change at a very local level. Groups are invited to apply for between £2,000 and £15,000 of a total £125,000 available. This year, applications were invited for projects under the 2 themes. Reducing carbon emissions or locking up carbon and community engagement on climate change. Book an appointment to learn more about this grant programme which will open again in Spring 2024.

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