Highways Funding/Social Impact and Communities/ 1st Feb 24

Grants available: Between 15,000 to £20,000 (Social Value Fund) and up to £15,000 (Comunity Fund)

Applications close: 1st February 2024

Who is the funding for: Those supporting the communities around the new Caxton Gibbet and Black Cat roadworks



With this fund National Highways want to maximise the wider benefits of the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements for local communities, the environment, and the local economy.

All local not-for-profit groups can apply for the grants, including local schools, charities, community groups and environment and heritage groups.

The two funds available are the Community Fund and the Social Value Fund. For both funds, the applications will be assessed and awarded by two independent panels. This is the first of five funding windows and is open to application until 1 February 2024.

Community Fund

The £250,000 Community Fund is available for not-for-profit groups or small voluntary and community organisations, with grants of up to £15,000 being available to help support the local community. It is administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation please click here.  

To be eligible for the Community Fund you must ensure your group does one of the following

  • Benefits the local economy, skills, and employment, investing in opportunities to inspire future careers in STEM
  • Supports and connects communities – supporting community safety, health and wellbeing issues
  • Enhances the environment – supporting the community to improve and enhance the natural environment

Social Value Fund

Available for all not-for-profit organisations, the Social Value Fund of £1.7 million (with grants between £15,000 and £200,000) is designed to maximise the wider benefits of the scheme.

To be successful, applicants for the Social Value Fund must be able to show that their project or initiative falls near the proposed route, and will meet one of the following criteria:

  • Economic prosperity – investing in new skills, jobs, supply chains and delivering improvements in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire
  • Improving the environment – making sustainable decisions that conserve natural resources and enhance ecosystems
  • Community wellbeing – addressing health-related issues and improving connectivity, amenities, education, and heritage programmes for communities
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion – supporting the creation of a more equal society by increasing opportunities for under-represented groups

To apply for this funding please CLICK HERE

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