Tag Archive for: Local Funding

CPCA/ Adult Learners/ Deadline Extended 8 March 2024

Grants available:  £5k to £30K

District: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Application closes:  DEADLINE EXTENSION – 8 March 2024

Who is the funding for local voluntary and community groups



Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is offering funds to enrich the lifelong learning and skills offer for adults who are aged 19+ and residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This six-month pilot programme offers grants between £5,000 and £30,000 to increase and broaden participation in adult learning and skills development, particularly to reduce inequalities in access to adult education. Project participants must be residents of Cambridgeshire (this includes Peterborough).

Fund criteria

The fund will prioritise projects supporting disadvantaged residents in the most deprived wards across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and those who are furthest away from learning or employment, including:

  • People living in rural areas who have additional barriers e.g., mental health, learning difficulties and disabilities, low essential skills*, travel, connectivity, isolation etc.
  • Potential learners that have been missed by ‘traditional’ providers, including economically inactive residents
  • Learners who need support to progress to higher levels of skills to access specific local job opportunities

*Essential Skills are literacy, numeracy, ESOL, Essential Digital Skills and work-readiness.

In addition to the above, funds can be used to support adults with no or low formal qualifications to access their entitlement to learning.


Projects should aim to achieve some or all of the following outcomes for participants:

  • Improved engagement in learning and increased confidence
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Improved community connection, civic engagement and volunteering
  • Attainment of formal qualifications, progression to higher levels of learning, or in-work progression
  • Development of Essential Skills (literacy, numeracy, digital, work readiness)
  • Achievement of ‘first step’ qualifications (as appropriate)

Projects may also demonstrate how they can build capacity and capability within the third sector to deliver adult learning and skills.

Who can apply:

  • Non-profit organisations

Please note: There is a one month application window. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 March 2024. Projects must be ready to start in June 2024 and finish by 30 November 2024. There will then be a short timeframe for submission of reporting (three weeks).

Thomas Wall Trust / Disadvantaged adults/ 29 April 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 5,000

District: UK

Application closes: 29 April 2024 for assessment at the July 2024 meeting.

Who is the funding for local voluntary and community groups



The Thomas Wall Trust believes that communication skills are critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances.

The Trust recognises that communication is underpinned by a set of key features and skills such as empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, confidence, and clarity, amongst others.

They are an inclusive charity, welcoming proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, especially; women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities and refugees.

Objectives of Fund

The Trust offers grants up to £5,000 for specific projects rather than general organisational costs* that improve communication skills for disadvantaged adults and support NEET people into employment. Beneficiaries must gain at least one accredited vocational qualification during delivery

Who can apply:

  • A UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years
  • A project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the necessary communication skills ready for employment
  • Annual repeat funding for up to 3 years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact
  • The charity’s annual turnover is between £25,000 and £500,000. 
  • Successful outcomes need to be evidenced.
  • Delivery must be based on an already proven successful model.
  • The project is operating in partnership with other local organisations.

We prioritise:

  • Match funded projects
  • Self-sustainable projects, to become less reliant on grants in the future

The next deadline to submit a first-stage application is 29 April 2024 for assessment at the July 2024 meeting. 

There is a two-stage application process.

  • Stage one is to complete an online Expression of Interest form (available on the Trust’s website) which requires some basic contact details and a description of what the funding is required for.
  • Stage two is by invitation only and involves completing a more in-depth application form and submitting a Project Plan, budget, the latest set of financial accounts and any relevant policies.

Greene King IPA / Proud to Pitch In/1 Nov 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 4,000

District: UK

Application closes: Grants will be given out regularly

Who is the funding for: Grass roots and community sports clubs in the UK (beneficiaries must be aged 18 and over)

Link:Proud To Pitch In | ActionFunde


Proud To Pitch In is an initiative from Greene King IPA, paying cash grants to grassroots and community sports clubs across the United Kingdom. Every pint they sell, will add 10p to fund supporting local clubs from the ground up, providing them with the tools clubs need to continue to play the sport they love. From football, rugby and cricket to roller hockey or netball, we want to support as many local teams across the UK as we can with donations which can go a long way to keeping everyone in action

Objectives of Fund

The aim of this fund is to support sports focussed projects that positively impact their club and/or the local community, and would tangibly benefit from funding. The fund is particularly focussed on sports projects that have a long term impact.

The fund is open to applications all year and grants will be distributed regularly.

Who Can apply

If you are involved in running a grassroots sports club you can apply .


Cambridgeshire Community Foundation/ Local Voluntary Organisations/ 1 May 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 2,000

District: Cambridgeshire

Application closes: 1 May 2024

Who is the funding for: local voluntary and community groups

Link: Mills & Reeve Cambridge Grassroots Endowed Fund


The Mills & Reeve Cambridge Grassroots Endowed Fund is administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

Each year, the fund provides small grants to local voluntary and community groups that are undertaking charitable work to build stronger, healthier, inclusive and sustainable communities in Cambridgeshire.

Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended to support charitable projects that will benefit the people of Cambridgeshire, in particular those who face disadvantage.

Bright Futures Fund/ Local Organisations/ 1 May 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 1,500

District: Cambridgeshire

Application Closes: 1 May 2024

Who is the funding for Not-for-profit organisations

Link: Cambridgeshire – Grants Page


Cambridgeshire Community Foundation administers the Bright Futures Fund which was established in 2008 by a couple who wished to support groups helping young people to engage in positive activities.

Objectives of Fund

The Fund aims to support Cambridgeshire-based organisations with projects that support young people facing difficulties or disadvantages. Priorities areas include offending, bereavement and young carers.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA)/ Non – Profit Organisations/ 1 May 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 5,000

District:  Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Application Closes: 1 May 2024

Who is the funding for Not-for-profit organisations

Link: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – Fund For Nature


The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fund For Nature has been established by a grant from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and is being managed by Natural Cambridgeshire, the Local Nature Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended for projects that support community-led nature recovery in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that will:

  • Increase biodiversity and key wildlife habitats.
  • Increase community cohesion by helping local people to understand, appreciate and enjoy their natural spaces.
  • Promote public health and well-being.
  • Create resilient countryside and communities, where nature is at the heart of the approach to addressing climate change.
  • Champion examples of best practices for sustainable development and management of green open space.

The Evelyn Trust/ Non – Profit Organisations/ 8 March 2024

Grants available:  up to £250,000

District: Cambridgeshire

Application Closes:  8 March 2024

Who is the funding for: Not-for-profit organisations

Link: The Evelyn Trust


Set up as a charity in 1920, the Evelyn Trust owned and managed the Evelyn Hospital in Cambridge. The hospital was sold in 2003 and the funds were invested.

The Trust aims to make grants totalling between £500,000 and £1.5m each year.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for medical research and health and wellbeing projects taking place in Cambridgeshire that are run by charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Thalia WB Community Fund/ Non – Profit Organisations/ 1 March 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 100,000

District:  Cambridgeshire (excluding Peterborough) within 10 miles of any active landfill site.

Application Closes:  1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 December 2024

Who is the funding for: not-for-profit organisations

Link: Thalia WB Community Fund


The Thalia WB Community Fund (formerly the Amey Community Fund) is managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, receives landfill tax credits from Thalia WB ODC Waste Management and uses the money to make grants under set criteria.

Objectives of Fund

Projects will be funded in accordance with the objectives of ENTRUST, the organisation that regulates the use of landfill tax credits.

Not-for-profit organisations in Cambridgeshire can apply for funding for projects that will take place within 10 miles of an active landfill site under the following categories:

  • Object D – The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other general public amenity.
  • Object DA – The conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs.
  • Object E – The repair, maintenance or restoration of a place of worship or a place of historical or architectural importance, which is open to the general public.

Olive and Jesse Palmer Fund / Non- profit organisations/ 1 February 2024 (Ongoing)

Grants available: Up to £5,000

District: Peterborough

Application closes: 1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November 2024

Who is the funding for Non-profit organisations

Link: Olive and Jesse Palmer Fund


The fund offers grants up to £5,000 to support organisations in Peterborough which are working to help local young people with learning disabilities to access positive activities and opportunities to develop their full potential.

Cambs Community Foundation / Community and charitable projects/ 1 February 2024 (Ongoing)

Grants available: Up to £3,000

District:  Cambridgeshire

Application Closes:1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November 2024

Who is the funding for Non-profit organisations

Link: The Dementia Carers Fund


Fund criteria
The Dementia Carers Fund offers grants of up to £3,000 to support charitable projects across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that provide relief, respite and support to full-time unpaid carers.The key aims of the fund are to:

  • Give caring support to unpaid carers who need to attend appointments of their own (e.g. haircuts, doctors), and alleviate any worry about leaving their loved one.
  • Encourage unpaid carers to recharge and to stay healthy themselves, by supporting them to take self-care breaks.
  • Support volunteer befriender initiatives.