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Community Growing Grant / South Cambridgeshire District Council/ Closes 31 March 2025

What is the aim of this funding?

As part of the cost of living support programme, South Cambridgeshire District Council have set up a Grant Scheme to help start Community Growing Projects across South Cambridgeshire. The funding is able to be spent on any capital costs associated with setting up a Community Growing Project, such as raised beds, gardening equipment, soil, and seeds.

Perhaps there is an unused piece of land in your area that could be transformed with the installation of a raised bed, or you volunteer at a Community Orchard that has space to install a raised bed to grow fresh vegetables. You may be part of an existing group or form a group specifically to create and maintain a Community Growing Project. As long as you fit the eligibility criteria and your project will benefit your community, you can apply for up to £500 from this grant to start it.

Who can apply?

An applicant might be:

District: South Cambridgeshire

Applications close: The Community Growing Grant will run until 31 March 2025 or until funds are exhausted.

How to Apply: For more information and to apply please visit: Community Growing Grant – South Cambs District Council (scambs.gov.uk)

B&Q Foundation Grants / Closes 17 May

The B&Q Foundation Grants programme is provided by B&Q Foundation and managed by Neighbourly.

Neighbourly is a ‘multi-award winning giving platform used by thousands of local Good Causes across the UK and Ireland to seek help from businesses in the form of funding, volunteer time and surplus products’.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for registered charities working with people in need (by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, other disadvantage or distress) in the UK and who need funding for the following:

  • Projects that provide, maintain, repair or improve housing or community space.
  • Supporting people experiencing poor housing or homelessness.

Value Notes

There are two levels of grants:

  • Up to £5,000 for garden projects
  • Up to £10,000 for building or indoor projects.

The B&Q Foundation will consider awarding higher value grants.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities based and working in the UK can apply.

The following organisations can apply:

  • Foodbank
  • Community centre
  • Religious organisation
  • Disability charity/ service
  • Homelessness charity
  • Community volunteer group
  • Community shop/ pantry
  • Family centre/ charity
  • Mental health charity/ service
  • Community fridge
  • Children’s/ youth charity
  • Health charity
  • Elderly care charity/ group
  • Poverty relief
  • Community cafe
  • Social/supported accommodation.
  • Soup kitchen
  • Community garden
  • Preschool/ nursery
  • Hospice
  • Primary school
  • Environmental charity/ group
  • Youth group/ club
  • Redistribution and logistics
  • Nursing/ care home
  • Emergency/ rescue service
  • Day care centre
  • Sports club/ group
  • Community/ city farm
  • Conservation charity/ group
  • Veterans charity
  • Domestic abuse charity
  • Secondary school
  • Neighbourhood group
  • Park group
  • Recycling/ reuse charity
  • Performing arts group
  • Advice service
  • Refugee/ asylum charity
  • Hospital
  • Animal rescue/ care
  • Charity shop
  • Recreation and social group
  • Human rights organisation
  • LGBTQ+ charity
  • Community transport
  • College
  • Racial equality charity
  • Wildlife charity/group
  • Heritage trust
  • Campaigning organisation

Location: UK

Applications close: 17 May 2024

How to Apply: For more information and to apply please visit: https://bqfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/

Clarion Futures Grants/ Eddington Community Fund/ Closes 12 June 2024

Eddington Community Fund

To help groups deliver community activities in North West Cambridge.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to organisations seeking to deliver well designed projects for the benefit of residents and the wider community in and around the Eddington area.

Key outcomes are increasing cohesion, volunteering, events and capacity of local groups.


  • Local is being defined as the wards in and around the Eddington development site, including both South Cambs and City
    • Castle
    • Newnham
    • Arbury
    • Kings Hedges
    • Girton
    • Harston and Comberton
    • Histon and Impington

Application opens: 1st May 2024

Application closes: 12th June 2024

To find out more and apply please visit: clarionfutures.flexigrant.com

Big Give/ Women & Girls Match Fund/ Closes 21 June 2024

Big Give’s Women and Girls Match Fund

What is available:

The Women and Girls Match Fund utilises ‘1:1’ Model of match funding. Women and Girls charities apply to Big Give and have their application assessed. Successful charities are awarded a sum of match funding which is ring-fenced for their organisation. This match funding is unlocked by public donations given through Big Give’s online fundraising platform during the campaign.

District: UK

Charity Eligibility Criteria:

  • UK-registered charity with a Charity Commission, OSCR or NI Charity Commission number, or tax-exempt status
  • Have an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts on the Charity Commission).
  • Charities which are registered on BigGive.org (free to register).
  • Charities seeking to raise either £2,500, £5,000 or £10,000 in public donations (to be doubled by the match funds). Charities are able to use the campaign to raise unrestricted funds.
  • Charities working to to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls within the UK and internationally.
  • Charities that are led by, for and with women and girls. To assess this, they will look at whether your governing documents specifically mentions women/and or girls, whether you have a majority female board, who your beneficiaries are and your web presence (if your organisation has one).
  • They would encourage applications from charities that are led by Black and minoritised women and girls, LGBTQI women and girls, or Disabled women and girls. These applications will be prioritised in the assessment process.

Application closes: 21st June 2024

To find out more and apply please visit: Women and Girls Match Fund – The Big Give

Thalia WB/ Community Fund/ 3 closing dates

What is available: The Thalia Community Fund offers grants towards the improvement of your local area. Grants can be offered in the range of £10,000 to £100,000, with the exception of requests under Object DA where the minimum threshold is £5,000. However, applications for grants over £50,000 will need to demonstrate exceptional need and value to the community.

District: Cambridgeshire

Applications close:

  • Apply by 1 March for projects starting in June
  • Apply by 1 June for projects starting September
  • Apply by 1 September for projects starting December
  • Apply by 1 December for projects starting March

Who is the funding for : Organisations and groups within 10 miles of a landfill site within Cambridgeshire County Council’s boundaries can apply.

How to Apply: If you would like to apply please complete an application form that can be found here: Thalia WB Community Fund – Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (cambscf.org.uk)


Thalia Community Fund

The Thalia Community Fund offers grants towards the improvement of your local area.

Grants are available for projects which provide, maintain or improve:

  • a public park or general amenity
  • conserve a species or habitat, or
  • repair, maintain or restore a place of architectural importance or worship.

The grants are open to organisations and groups within 10 miles of a landfill site within Cambridgeshire County Council’s boundaries. The fund is managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, who receive landfill tax credits from Thalia and choose the grants against set national criteria.

There is a two-stage application process for the grants, which are paid at the end of the project when evidence of expenditure has been provided. More information on who can apply and what projects the Thalia Community Fund can support is available on the Cambridgeshire Community Fund website.



Plunkett UK/ Support for community assets/ Closes March 2025

What is available: Free packages of business support covering everything from financial planning to governance, plus feasibility grants of up to £5,000 and capital grants of up to £45,000.

District: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s market towns and rural hinterlands.

Application opens: March 2024

Applications close: March 2025

Who is the funding for :Community groups across the region to take ownership and operation of local pubs and assets that are vacant or at risk of closure, revitalising assets whilst protecting and providing key local amenities that will benefit the community.

How to Apply: If you would like to apply please phone: 01993 630 022 or email: info@plunkett.co.uk


Plunkett UK

Plunkett UK has received funding from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to support communities in the area’s market towns and rural hinterlands to save assets which are at risk of closure or which have already closed, or to bring new services to their locale.

Plunkett supports people in rural areas to set up and run a wide range of businesses which are genuinely owned by local communities, whereby members have equal and democratic control. They represent community businesses throughout the UK, from shops and pubs through to woodlands, farms and fisheries.

Funding from the Combined Authority has enabled Plunkett to offer community groups exploring community business as a way to address their communities’ needs, free packages of business support covering everything from financial planning to governance, plus feasibility grants of up to £5,000 and capital grants of up to £45,000.

Business support and grants will be available until March 2025 and can be accessed by contacting Plunkett on 01993 630 022 or emailing info@plunkett.co.uk.

More information can be found here: www.plunkett.co.uk/cambridgeshire-and-peterborough-combined-authority-area-partner-with-plunkett-to-help-communities-save-community-assets-in-their-area/



Fundraiser Network: The Superpower of Networks

The SUPERPOWER of NETWORKS Our members have told us that they want a space to network and build relationships with others from the sector and also with businesses and statutory providers; “that leads to mutual support, knowledge sharing and partnerships.” As a partnership organisation, Support Cambridgeshire is actively harnessing the power of the “hive mind.”….

Clarion Futures /Digital Grants Programme /2 October 2024

Grants available: £1,000 – £5,000

District: UK

Application closes: On a rolling basis.

  • Round 16: Noon on June 12th 2024
  • Round 17: Noon on October 2nd 2024

Who is the funding for: UK-based non-for-profit organisations

Link: Community and digital grants | My community | Clarion Housing (myclarionhousing.com)


Clarion Futures work with charities, social enterprises and any other organisation making a positive difference in our communities. Every year they support thousands of people into work, help people manage their money, improve their digital skills and empower people to develop strong connections in the community.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available to organisations seeking to deliver innovative, well designed projects that support Clarion residents and the wider community to address digital exclusion. The Fund is designed to support Clarion residents and the wider community to get online and stay online, and to use the internet as an everyday tool, safely and confidently.

Applications are open on a rolling basis; however to be considered for Round 16, applications must be submitted by 12 noon Wednesday 12 June 2024.

Before you apply, please read on to see if your organisation is eligible.

Who can apply

Not-for-profit organisations including constituted community groups, registered charities,
companies limited by guarantee, social enterprises or Community Interest Companies (CICs)
are eligible to apply to the Clarion Futures Digital Grants Programme.

Conditions for applying

Organisations must meet the following eligibility criteria before submitting an application:

  • Delivering a project primarily aimed at supporting Clarion residents and the wider
  • Have at least three (3) unrelated management committee members/trustees
  • Have a governing document
  • Have an organisational bank account in the name of the constituted group with at least
    two (2) unrelated signatories
  • Have a record of income and expenditure or set of accounts
    If you are a new group you will need a bank statement and an income and expenditure forecast
  • Have a safeguarding policy if working with young people under 18, or vulnerable adults
  • Have the relevant insurance in place, including public liability, and employer liability
    where required
  • Have an online safety policy in place covering participants, tutors/trainers and
    volunteers. If you do not have this in place, you will be obligated to develop a
    policy as a condition of funding

Funding is aimed at projects which are actively seeking to support residents of Clarion
housing and we expect to see delivery in and around Clarion neighbourhoods. Projects can
support a range of beneficiaries including both Clarion residents and members of the wider

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch, by emailing grants@clarionhg.com

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

Listening to Community Organisations

By Victoria Hopkins

The Support Fenland project continues at pace this week as we met with members of a wide range of community organisations across the district. A key part of our project is to understand the specific needs of Fenland, so we wanted to talk directly to the groups who are already active in the community.

There are a huge number and wide variety of groups supporting Fenland communities, ranging from large organisations supporting the whole county and beyond, to small voluntary based organisations supporting a very specific area within a town or village. Often these groups have been set up in response to a need that is emerging in the community, and so these groups are vital for support organisations such as CCVS and Hunts Form to listen to when we’re planning how we can better support their work.

At this week’s session we had 19 representatives from 17 different organisations of different sizes, and over a fast paced one hour Zoom call we learnt an awful lot!

When asked about the challenges that their groups are facing, there were some common themes emerging. The ability of each group to reach and communicate with their communities has become limited, either due to social distancing or a reduction in funding. Digital services offered within Fenland do not have a high take-up rate. Volunteers have a lack of confidence; whether that is dealing with new Covid measures or just coming back to volunteering after a significant break, the groups are finding that those volunteers need an increased level of support. Finally, there is a lack of awareness of the variety and scale of the issues within Fenland outside of the district.

We then talked about the opportunities that were coming in the future. There was a lot to celebrate and look forward to, and the focus was on ensuring that all of the positive ways of working that have come out of the emergency Covid response, such as new partnerships, closer relationships and new services, continue.

Finally, the conversation turned to how the groups wanted to raise their collective voice. It was acknowledged that networking and bringing people together will be key, and that there will be many benefits of this; knowing which groups are already delivering services to residents and being able to point people in the right direction, enabling increased partnership working on common issues, giving communities a place to celebrate all that is happening and acting as an advocate for all that is great about living in Fenland.

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us for such an open, honest and lively meeting. We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation with even more members of the community at next week’s open event.

Our notes from the meeting are captured on the graphics below – click them to view full-screen.