Innovate and Cultivate Funding – New Round

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce the the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications which is the 1st February 2020.

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen 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 & families 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.

There are two funding streams: a Cultivate fund for smaller projects that build community support networks and an Innovate fund for bigger, bolder and more innovative initiatives.

New Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects:

The County Council have developed guidance on starting Cultivate Seed Fund Projects that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services.  Projects include Time-banks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds.

See their webpages for details.

Upcoming application deadlines:

1st February 2020 – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000) and Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000)

1st May 2020 – Cultivate grants only (£2,000 – £19,000)

Preapplication advice session:

If you wish to talk through your ideas before you submit your application then a Preapplication session is being provided:  Bookings are now open for the Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Tuesday 10th December 2019 between 9:30am and 12:30pm at the William Collyn Community Centre in Girton. Please book your space by clicking here

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the website. Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund and organisations should contact


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