Grants available: up to £2,000 (ringfenced total sum of £20,000)
Deadline to apply: Expanded criteria until April 2023
Who is the funding for? To support projects to help residents deal with the cost of living crisis for voluntary and community sector groups, charities and public sector bodies wishing to further improve quality of life locally. Parish and Town Councils of any size can also now bid.
District: South Cambridgeshire.
About: The Council’s Community Chest grant fund criteria has been expanded to support projects to help residents deal with the cost of living crisis. Parish Councils of any size and Community groups can apply for up to £2,000 until April 2023.
The Council’s Community Chest fund provides grants to voluntary and community sector groups, charities and public sector bodies wishing to further improve quality of life locally.
At the meeting of the Council’s Grants Advisory Committee on Friday 28 October, Councillors unanimously recommended that the Community Chest criteria were expanded to allow bids that include contributions for any project that has a positive impact for communities related to the cost-of-living crisis. The change also mean it will support ongoing costs, including staffing, as well as one-off purchases as it had previously. Those amendments have now been confirmed by the Lead Cabinet Member for Resources.
Parish and Town Councils of any size can also now bid for Community Chest grants linked to the cost of living crisis. Previously, Parish and Town Councils were not able to bid for Community Chest funds apart from those linked to creating a Community-Led Plan or Biodiversity grants, unless they had fewer than 160 registered electors in their areas.
A ringfenced total sum of £20,000 has been made available for these new Community Chest grant applications relating to the cost of living crisis. This funding has been provided by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System, to ensure support is co-ordinated effectively and directed at those in need locally this winter.
It is anticipated that this new grant funding could go towards projects such as the setting up or running of lunch clubs to provide low-cost meals for those in need, or establishing or building the capacity of food hubs, food banks or community fridges. However, given the limited funds available, the scheme is not able to be used to purchase food or subsidise the cost of the food distributed.
The amended criteria for the Community Chest will be in place until April 2023.