New £5m Communities Capital Fund to help Cambridgeshire community led projects

A new £5m fund aimed at creating opportunities and improving lives and skills across Cambridgeshire has been launched by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The Communities Capital Fund will support projects that will make positive changes in the community, bringing people together and meeting the priorities that matter most to local people.

Grants of up to £500,000 are available to support community-led projects which improve the health, wellbeing, social and economic opportunities and outcomes in communities.

Projects will need to show how they will:

  • bring people together and involve them in the design and implementation
  • improve local places and spaces that are important to communities
  • help to address local priorities e.g. increasing skills, reducing loneliness, improving physical and mental health
  • improve access to new or existing services or activities e.g. sports, leisure, education
  • demonstrate match funding - this include in kind contributions, land transfer etc
  • minimise any potential impact on carbon emissions

The fund is open to any voluntary, community organisation or social enterprise alongside public bodies such as district, parish and town councils, schools or any other organisation that can demonstrate how their project will benefit Cambridgeshire residents. Applications can relate to buildings, land, vehicles, equipment or any other capital related item.

The Communities Capital Fund was announced by Cambridgeshire County Council Leader Cllr Steve Count as part of the 2020/21 budget in February and its rollout will be overseen by the Council's Communities and Partnership Committee.

Community organisations that wish to submit an application must do so through their County Councillor or Community Champion to ensure that projects meets with the strategic aims of the council and will add real value to local communities.

"We want to encourage bids for projects which will help to fill gaps in provision or service, and where the community wants some support to help them take the lead in meeting local need. For example, we want this fund to help more rural communities to have the same opportunities to engage with services or activities that more urban places already enjoy," said Cllr Steve Criswell, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council's Communities and Partnerships Committee. 

Further details of the Communities Capital Fund are available on the Communities Capital Fund page. Contact your County Councillor or community champion to submit an expression of interest.

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