November 1st Winter Deadline 2016
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CCF Winter Deadline -
deadline for submission of form and documents 
1st November 2016

incomplete applications & applications received after the deadline will not be considered

SMALL GRANT - use this form if you are applying for under £1,500
LARGE GRANT - use this form if you are applying for £1,500 or more

Have a look at some of the funds open for applications below - or use the small/large form links above (nb some funds have specific forms - please check before applying) .
Deadline 1st November 2016

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

Project must be completed by 31 Jul 2017
Monitoring must be returned before 31 Aug 2017

The Comic Relief Local Communities Programme 2015-2017 is offfering grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to support projects that are:

(A) Improving people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise OR

(B) Advancing people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety

Priority will be given to projects run by small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs.

Healthy Fenland Fund
  • Grants of up to £5k
  • Applications invited from existing and newly forming groups, based in Fenland and seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Fenland.
  • Support for new groups and new initiatives
Small grants (up to £1,499) apply anytime
Large grants (£1,500+) apply by1st November
Find out more about some of the other funding opportunities through CCF:
  • ARM Cambridge Fund 
  • Birketts Cambridgeshire Fund 
  • Cheffins Grassroots Endowed Fund  offers small grants to local voluntary and community organisations working to help people in need in or around Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket, Haverhill or Saffron Walden.)
  • The Dulverton Trust Fund this fund supports charitable activities addressing local needs throughout Norfolk, and the adjoining counties of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. Grants of £500 to £5,000 will be awarded to small charities and charitable organisations, with an annual income of under £200,000.
  • Mills and Reeve Cambridge Grassroots Endowed Fund  this fund makes small grants to support small, local voluntary and community groups and organisations that are undertaking charitable work in Cambridgeshire. Grants are given to those projects helping people that face disadvantage and to those that engage and support local people, and therefore build stronger, healthier, inclusive and sustainable communities. The fund focuses around CCF's 'Improving Lives' funding stream which supports the following core grant programmes: Children and Families, Adults facing life crisis and Adults with health conditions.
  • Marshall Community Fund - groups based around Cambridge airport
  • October Grassroots Endowed Fund invites applications of £1,000+ from local voluntary and community organisations based in and around Waterbeach and Landbeach. The groups can deliver sporting, social, educational or other community activities and the grants can be for running costs or small capital items.
  • John Stewart Memorial Fund - to help the disadvantaged access SPORT
  • D&J Lloyd Community First Fund - promoting learning / supporting those in need
Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by 1st November 2016.
See Funds A-Z for full list of charitable funds managed by CCF.

New Beginnings Fund

‘New Beginnings’ is a fund to help refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome in UK communities by increasing community-based support. The fund began when a consortium of funders noticed that the increase in migrants to the UK was putting strain on community groups. They also noticed that more people in the UK wanted to support refugees and asylum seekers. The funders felt that the best way to help was to fund small community groups. The fund has already had a successful ‘pilot’ stage which funded 45 groups. These were either refugee-led groups or local residents working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers. 

Grants of £1000 to £10,000 are available for individual groups.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for partnership projects. A lead organisation needs to make the application.

Grants are for the duration of one year and projects must start after March 2017 and finish before the end of February 2018.

  • The funding is for projects that bring refugees and asylum seekers together with other people in the local community.
  • The funding is for community groups working in the UK.
  • Community groups can be refugee-led or not.
  • Partnership projects are welcome to apply. However we are not encouraging new partnerships to be set up in order to bid for New Beginnings.
  • We want to fund some groups that work with asylum seeker children and young people. This might include unaccompanied children. 
  • We are looking for projects and activities that bring people together.
  • The fund is not to start new services.

Examples of projects we're looking for

  • Projects led by refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Projects that involve people with direct experience of being a refugee / migrant.
  • Projects led by community groups that want to support new arrivals.
  • Groups that involve refugees and asylum seekers and other local people in planning which activities are needed and in delivering the project.   
  • Activities for the wider community and refugees and asylum-seekers to do together.
  • Activities run by refugee-led groups in partnership with other local groups.
  • Refugees leading activities in their community.
  • Projects that get people volunteering and sharing their skills. For example asylum seekers teaching languages, refugees leading activities in the community, local residents demonstrating how to mend cars, mentoring young people.
  • Projects that link refugees and asylum seekers to good opportunities, advice and counselling.
  • Projects that include refugee and asylum seeker children and young people (18 years old and younger)
  • We aim to strengthen planning and communication skills so that people can support integration effectively. 
  • All projects should support human rights and equality.


  • Groups with income of more than £500,000 are not eligible.

Activities that won't be funded include:

  • Anything that receives statutory funding such as the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme or any other statutory funded activities. (Activities that include Syrian refugees are welcome, but this fund is not for activities that are part of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme.)Activities promoting party political activity
  • Major capital costs (purchases of smaller items is okay, even if they will be used after the project)
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.
  • 'Mythbusting' Activities - projects seeking to share facts and figures about refugees and asylum seekers. Instead we want to fund opportunities for local communities to meet and spend time with refugees and asylum seekers.


Eligibility criteria:

Open to any:

  • Registered UK charity
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Company Limited by Guarantee;
  • not for profit registered Community Interest Company;
  • Constituted community and voluntary sector organisation

 If you are

  • not constituted
  • an informal group
  • or a collective

you should apply in partnership with an eligible organisation. The eligible organisation (s) must be part of delivering the project. The eligible organisation must manage the grant. We are looking for partnerships between refugee-led groups and other community groups. Please note that a partnership can be more than two groups – consortium bids are welcome. 

  • If you are a national organisation you must demonstrate strong local connections.
  •  You must have a minimum of three committee members who are not relatives
  •  You must have a governing document (Constitution, Memorandum & Articles or Set of rules)
  •  You must have a bank account in the organisation’s name
  •  You must have up-to-date accounts or record of income and expenditure
  •  You must have a recent trustees annual report if you are a charity, unless you are a new group.
  • You must give evidence of an increase in demand for services OR an increase in enquiries from the public wanting to support you OR BOTH. For example phone or email enquiries. 
  •  You must have a ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults’ policy and procedure
  •  If you work with children you must have a ‘Safeguarding Children’ policy and procedures
  • And if you work with children and young people all staff, volunteers and trustees must be trained in safeguarding. This is a condition of the funding
  •  You must have an equal opportunities policy

We will shortlist applications using these priorities:

  • Small, local groups
  • Groups with an income of under £500,000. This includes groups with much lower income (Income, expenditure and reserves will be looked at when your application is assessed).
  • Groups that give reasons why the project is needed locally. (Evidence of an increase in demand for services OR an increase in enquiries from the public wanting to support you OR BOTH. For example, more emails, telephone calls or visitors).
  • Groups that give examples of similar projects where the methods used have achieved results (We want groups to think about their impact and how to show that their methods work. Examples included in the application can be from another group and even examples found online)
  • Groups that show they are thinking about how the project can continue after the New Beginnings funding ends(thinking about sustainability / succession strategies)
  • Groups where staff and volunteers are refugees or asylum seekers.(We aim for at least 40% of grant funding to be for groups staffed by refugees and asylum seekers / people with migrant experience)
  • Projects that work with child refuges and asylum seekers age 18 and under. This includes unaccompanied children (We aim to use 30% of the funding for groups that work with refugee and asylum seeker children)
  • Groups that work together to put on activities and events.
  • Groups working with multiple nationalities.


A14 Community Fund

Highways England has been given approval for the construction of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.
As part of a commitment to the local community, Highways England is looking to support activities with a focus on bringing communities closer together. The A14 scheme will have a lasting impact on the communities along its length and the A14 Community Fund is therefore looking to support projects which consider and respond to these changes
Applications to the A14 Community Fund are invited by constituted not for profit groups (not individuals) delivering charitable projects with public benefit.  Groups may be registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Community Interest Companies, Schools, Social Enterprises, Parish Councils or small voluntary and community organisations.
Groups need to be "grant ready" which means having appropriate policies and procedures in place to ensure their good governance and accountability.  In addition to the list of requirements set out on this website (click here for grant ready definition), groups applying to the A14 Community Fund are required to submit their Health and Safety Policy.  
The A14 Community Fund is seeking to support projects working within a range of themes as set out below:
- Environmental improvement projects (e.g. community gardens, streetscape furniture, wildlife conservation, habitat creation, flood prevention)
- Projects to reduce vehicle use/promote cycling, walking and other non-motorised users
- Arts, culture & heritage projects (e.g. local art competitions, writers in residence, music and dance events)
- Community involvement projects 
- Community safety projects
- Community health and wellbeing projects
- Leisure and tourism 
- Projects to develop skills, education & employment support 
As well as working within one of the themes for the Fund, projects must be able to define the link they have to the development work on the A14.  The link can be a close geographical link but greater priority will be given to projects that can describe the way the project is a response to the development. 
For example, 
•        art projects that reflect the changes to landscapes/communities brought about by the development
•        projects that build relationships in communities because of new links that the development allow
•        projects that enhance the natural environment around the development
•        training projects to enable people to gain employment on the development  
Grants of up to £10,000, covering revenue and/or capital costs,  are on offer in  funding rounds in 2016/17 and 2017/18.
Projects will need to show they have given appropriate consideration, and taken necessary steps, to secure funding from other sources to contribute as a match to the project.  Although projects will be looked at on a case by case basis, as a rule of thumb it is expected that 10-20% of the funding required for the project has been secured from other sources 
Funding will not be given to support activity  that is considered to be a statutory responsibly (even if there are no statutory funds available) nor will awards be made to cover costs already incurred or committed.

For full details on eligibility criteria, funds available and how to apply, visit our website.
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