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Innovate and Cultivate Fund

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund is Cambridgeshire County Council's fund to help voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations realise their projects and ideas that help address the needs of local residents.

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has two funding streams:

  • Cultivate - grants of £2,000 - £19,000 aimed at encouraging local networks where people help themselves and each other
  • Innovate - grants of up to £50,000 for big projects with big ideas that demonstrate an innovative approach

To be eligible, all projects must:

  • be either new, or build on an existing project in a new location or with new beneficiaries
  • show that they will reduce pressure on Council services and / or offer direct savings for the Council

Quarterly grant application deadlines - 2019 and 2020

1 February - Cultivate grants and Innovate grants
1 May - Cultivate grants only
1 August - Cultivate grants and Innovate grants
1 November - Cultivate grants only

Pre-application advice sessions

Pre-application advice sessions are held for each funding round. The next session will be held on Thursday 19 September 2019 between 9.30am and 12.30pm at Ely Community Centre. Free places can be booked using Eventbrite. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Inspiration for your community project

New 'Cultivate Seed Fund Projects' offer inspiration, guidance and support for setting up and running projects that are known to strengthen communities and support vulnerable people. Projects include Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia Friendly Communities and Men's Sheds.

Do you want to do something for your community but need some inspiration to start a project? Have a look at the following local initiatives.

Colne Caring Community Friendship Club

Houghton and Wyton Timebank

Ramsey's Men Shed (Ramshed)

St Ives Dementia Friendly Community

How to apply

For more information and to apply, please visit the Innovate and Cultivate Fund page on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

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