Innovate and Cultivate – Next Round

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications is 1st August 2019.

A pre-application advice session will be held on 18th June 2019 (see below).

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. 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. Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care and children & families services.

 New Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects:

The County Council have developed new 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 the webpage for details.

So how do you apply:

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.

Application deadlines:

1st August 2019 – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000) and Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000). The next deadline is 1st November 2019 for Cultivate applications only and 1st February 2020 for both Cultivate and Innovate grant applications.

Book a pre-application advice session:

Do you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application?  Bookings are now open for the Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Tuesday 18 June 2019 between 9:30am and 12:30pm at Huntingdon Youth Centre. Please book here.

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the website. If you have any queries about the application advice sessions please email  Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund


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