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Funding Month – Local Funder Resources

Thank you for attending Funding Month 2024; we hope the information received was helpful and contributes to your future success.

A Big Thank You

We would like to thank Community Matters Yorkshire for organising the national days and our local funders/officers who provided their valuable time and information for the local funder days.

 

Local Funders 11th and 12th March 2024

As promised, the presentations and links to contacts for local funding can be found below.

National Funders 19th and 20th March 2024

Community Matters will email you the slides relating to the talks you attended.

 

Help us shape the 2025 event.

We do value your feedback. These events are meant to be useful; if they are not, we want to know how to make them. Do you think we should plan longer sessions and opportunities for more exploration of partnership working? Would you like to see workshops in other areas related to funding included? Please do feedback via info@supportcambridgeshire.org.uk

 

Resources from local funder days 11th and 12th March 2024

Cambridge City Council 

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

East Cambridgeshire Council

National Lottery Community Fund

South Cambridgeshire District Council

The Evelyn Trust

Huntingdonshire District Council

 

Fenland District Council / Culture and creativity/ 20th November

Grants available: Up to £2,000

Applications close: Monday 20th November

Who is the funding for; Individuals and organisations working in Fenland. Priority will be given to those with a Fenland postcode.

Link: Fenland Culture Fund – Fenland District Council

About

This funding programme is designed to support Fenland’s Cultural Strategy (PDF) [1MB] . The Fenland Culture Fund is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, supported using public funding by Arts Council England and is a partnership project with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.

Grants of up to £2000 are available for a range of activities that involve culture or heritage in Fenland.

The 2023/24 year is a pilot programme with plans to make it a long-term fund. There will be two funding rounds per year. The budget available for the first round is £23,000 and the next deadline for applications is Monday 20th November.

Alongside the first round of the Fenland Culture Fund small grants, we will also be establishing a Giving Circle as a partnership project with Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy. Through the Giving Circle programme, the Fenland Cultural Strategy will look to create longevity, and a feeling of continuous, demonstrably beneficial impact where to date, there has been a lack of joined up investment across the district and its established networks. The Giving Circle programme will provide an opportunity for local businesses and individuals to support their local creative and cultural economy in an accessible way, encouraging the growth and sustainability of arts, culture, and heritage in Fenland.

Healthy Fenland Fund / Groups working in Fenland / Closing 1st August

Grants available: Up to £5,000

Applications close: 1st August 2023

Who is the funding for; Grants are available to new and existing not-for-profit organisations looking to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Fenland.

Link: Healthy Fenland Fund

About

Background

The Healthy Fenland Project is part of the Engaging and Strengthening Communities in Fenland Programme, funded by Cambridgeshire County Council. Grants are administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.


Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended for charitable projects which are looking to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Fenland.


Value Notes

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.


Who Can Apply

New and existing organisations and not-for-profits based in Fenland can apply, including:

  • Registered, exempt, and excepted charities.
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Social Enterprises which have the Social Enterprise Mark.
  • Parish and Town Councils.
  • Village halls.
  • Parochial Church Councils.
  • Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies (formerly Industrial and Provident Societies).
  • Schools.
  • Sports clubs that are either Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs), affiliated with a National Governing Body such as Sport England, or have an income of under £5,000.

Organisations must be legally registered if their annual income is above £5,000.


 

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Private Limited Companies.
  • Sponsored events, fundraising activities, or grant-making activities or bodies.
  • Improvements to land/buildings that are not open to the general public at convenient hours.
  • Projects promoting political activities or lobbying for causes.
  • Projects promoting a religion or belief system.
  • Animal welfare projects.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Purchase of vehicles.
  • Retrospective costs.
  • Projects for which there is a statutory obligation for government funding.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is for charitable projects looking to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Fenland. Projects will be expected to report on their impact by measuring one or more of the following:

  • Number of activities promoting healthy lifestyles.
  • Number of people participating in activities promoting physical/mental health.
  • Number of people reporting improved physical/mental/emotional health.
  • Number of people who gain new skills as part of the project.
  • Number of new volunteer opportunities as a result of the project.
  • Number of people who participated in community activities as a result of the project.
  • Number of people accessing support services as a result of the project.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year with quarterly deadlines of 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November each year.

An online application form is available from the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Contact Cambridgeshire Community Foundation for further information.

Support is being offered for new groups by Care Network Cambridgeshire and Support Cambridgeshire. Contact details can be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Councillors tell us their communities needs

Back in early July, Support Fenland met with some of the Fenland District Councillors to update them on the project and hear their views on what their communities need.

By Victoria Hopkins

In this meeting we shared with them the themes that had emerged from our engagement sessions earlier in the year, which you can read about in more detail on our previous blog posts, and then we talked to them about their hopes for the voluntary sector in their areas.

We discussed what make a good community, and how it was driven by having a variety of social activities. However, it was about more than just the social aspect of the group, it was about how they become hubs within the community, where individuals can find out about other groups within their community who might be able to help with other issues. It was also important that there was physical infrastructure to allow people to have the space to come together, whether that is parish halls or a play area.

It was also important to have local groups where members of the community can support each other. This has become particularly relevant with the Covid-19 pandemic and the transport difficulties in Fenland.

The challenges the groups were facing were focused on the lack of volunteers and funding. Many groups are relying on the same volunteers to deliver activities. There can be a lot of bureaucracy involved, especially around groups which work with children, which can put other volunteers off joining activities, and there can be a large time burden. When it comes to funding, the traditional fundraising opportunities have all been cancelled due to Covid-19, whilst at the same time groups are seeing increased costs, especially relating to speakers.

We wrapped up the session with a discussion on the ways that the councillors thought that we could help.

Help groups to find new volunteers, including rethinking their volunteering offer to include more flexible, shorter terms and local activities.

Explore ways to reduce bureaucracy to make it easier for groups in Fenland to operate.

Finding a way to coordinate volunteers across different organisations, and to deliver the services needed for the communities.

Explore other barriers to volunteering and support groups to overcome those issues.

Helping businesses to understand the benefits of employee volunteering.

Encouraging groups to apply for local funding opportunities to help reduce the shortfall from traditional community fundraising activities.

A huge thank you to all of the councillors who gave up their evening to talk to us about their communities. The input that they gave has helped to further shape our proposed work in Fenland over the next 6 months.

Firstly, there will be a big focus on volunteering. We are meeting with our infrastructure colleagues in Norfolk to understand the work that they are doing on volunteering passports, and whether they help to remove bureaucracy for small groups. We will report back on this, along with the national work that is being looked at in this area. Our September Fenland Networking event is all about volunteers, and the great work that is already happening which can be built upon. In November there will a workshop for groups in Fenland on how to gain recognition within their communities, to build relationships and secure volunteers and funding in the future.  We are also discussing potential volunteer fairs for Fenland, whether they are face to face, online or hybrid events, early in the new year to tap into those who are looking to start the new year by supporting their community.

At each of our Fenland networking events we have an update on funding where we discuss upcoming funding opportunities with different grant bodies. We know that groups in Fenland aren’t making as many applications as groups in other districts, so in November we’ll be working to understand what these barriers are, and then working with both the funders and the groups to start to overcome these barriers. CCVS & Hunts Forum also regularly run workshops on different aspects of funding, including making good funding applications and crowdfunding which Fenland groups are encouraged to attend.

When it comes to businesses, Hunts Forum & Support Cambridgeshire are running events in October & November which are focusing on how groups can engage with businesses more effectively. Whether that is by securing funding or volunteers, these workshops will focus on creating a business engagement strategy and practical steps to take. Details of both events can be found on the Support Cambridgeshire website

Vic will continue to be available to any group who would like support on any aspect of running their group. Appointments can be made using an online booking system on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Vic is also available every other Thursday evening for those who need support outside of our usual working hours.

We’ll be back again with another blog post in October, where we’ll update you on our networking events so far, and our training plans for the remainder of the year. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletters to keep up to date with everything that’s happening with Support Fenland, as well as the rest of our work across Cambridgeshire.