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Christmas Challenge 2024 / Big Give / Deadline 5 July

Christmas Challenge 2024

At Big Give, Christmas always comes early. The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest match-funded campaign.

What is available?

For seven days, supporters of participating charities can double their donations and, in doing so, make an extraordinary difference to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Why should you apply?

  • Expand Your Donor Base: 95%  of charities report receiving donations from new supporters during the campaign.
  • Boost Donations: 76%  of charities have a significant increase in donations compared to similar fundraising efforts.
  • Strengthen Relationships: 91% of charities develop relationships with new supporters and 96% report the campaign helps strengthen bonds with existing supporters.
  • Access Funding: In 2023, 93% of eligible charities received funding offers from Big Give’s partners. View the 2024 Champions with more to be announced soon. Some of our Champions are looking to exclusively support small charities.

The median income of charities is £500k, and two thirds of the charities they support are small to medium sized charities. The Christmas Challenge has been a fantastic way for smaller charities to build their digital fundraising capabilities and expand their donor base.

You can see the testimonies from StandOut Programmes and Let Me Know.
More case studies are available here.


Key dates and to apply

Applications for Christmas Challenge 2024 are now open and close 5pm Friday 5th July. They encourage early submissions to allow ample time for pledge collection.

Detailed campaign and application information can be found on the Christmas Challenge page.


Join the Webinar

You can watch the introductory webinar if you missed it. They will be hosting a webinar on 26th June with some hints and tips to help you secure your pledges. You can sign up for the Pledge webinar here.

Funding for Children’s Development / Talking Together / Information Webinars

What is available?

In 2024, Talking Together in Cambridgeshire is offering five community groups the opportunity to apply for funding to run four events for families which will help parents and carers learn more about how to support their young children’s (aged two to five) communication, language and literacy development. The sessions will run over the period from September 2024 to March 2025.

The funding process will open on Monday, 17 June 2024. If you are interested in applying for funding, we would strongly advise you to attend one of the pre-application online Funding Information Sessions which will be held on the following dates in June 2024.


Date Time Location
Monday, 10 June 2024 9 am to 10 am Online via Teams
Thursday, 13 June 2024 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm Online via Teams
Friday, 14 June 2024 1 pm to 2 pm Online via Teams

To book a place, please complete this e-form: Talking Together in Cambridgeshire: Funding Information Sessions 2024.

Who can apply?

  • Any constituted charity, community, or voluntary organisation with three or more trustees and an up-to-date and current governing document
  • Sole traders provided accounts have been submitted to Companies House or have been verified by a qualified accountant
  • Schools that directly manage preschool, early years provision as a community group, through charitable objectives or a school age range change
  • Limited company or charitable incorporated organisation.

In addition, applicants must be available to join the one-day Introduction to Making it REAL training on Wednesday, 18 September 2024 (or have completed the two-day Making it REAL training over the last year).

The funding programme is open to organisations who meet the eligibility criteria, whether not-for-profit or otherwise. However, families must not be charged to attend the sessions, and funding will be limited to that as described in the Funding Information Sessions. Further information about the funding process will be added to the webpage in the week commencing Monday, 17 June 2024.

Funding Information (cambslearntogether.co.uk)

If you would like to speak with someone about the funding process, please contact helen.wootton@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Community Grant – Restart a Heart 2024 / RCUK / Deadline 28 June

Apply for funding to raise awareness of CPR and defibrillator use in your local community.

What is available?

RCUK’s Community Grant Scheme is now open for applications.

As part of their Restart a Heart 2024 campaign, grants of up to £1,500 are available for small charities and community groups to help educate people about CPR and how to use a defib. In the UK, only 1 in 10 survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation education is vital to increasing the chances of survival from cardiac arrest in your community.

Who can apply?

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to small charities (with an annual income of less than £500,000) and community groups including community interest companies (CICs) and faith groups.

Funding priority will be given to charities and organisations working in geographical areas with low bystander CPR and high rates of cardiac arrest and/or working with communities experiencing inequalities in resuscitation.

Priority will also be given to applications which clearly demonstrate how the project is tailored to meet the language, cultural, and educational needs of participants.

How to Apply:

To find out more and apply please visit: Community Grant Scheme | Resuscitation Council UK

Deadline: 28 June 5pm.