Cambridgeshire County Council works with the voluntary sector through an agreement called the Compact. This is a countywide partnership approach between statutory bodies and the voluntary and community sector.

Sign up to the compact

The Compact provides:

  • a set of undertakings that clarify roles and expectations
  • an agreement to work towards 3-year funding cycles
  • a recommended 12 weeks notice of changes
  • an honest problem-solving environment
  • a set of good practice codes

All statutory groups and organisations including housing associations, parish councils and voluntary and community groups who support Compact values and principles can join a Compact.
The National Compact has been revised with a new simplified format. This format combines the overarching National Compact agreement and the supporting five Codes of Good Practice into one unified document. For further information please go to the Compact Voice website.

What if something goes wrong within a partnership?

The Cambridgeshire Compact provides a positive framework for partnership working between the third and statutory sectors that is based on shared values. Therefore, the council wants to resolve any problems or disagreements that may arise in these partnerships and has a conciliation process to help deal with any such issues.

Small grants schemes

Local community groups or organisations looking to fund a project or initiative go to:

The following local authorities manage their own small grants schemes:

  • Cambridge City Council
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council

Asset transfer

Cambridgeshire County Council is willing to explore the possibility of transferring its property assets to the community. A request to consider the transfer of assets needs to be supported by a comprehensive and robust business case. If you have a proposal please check the guidance document below and email [email protected]

To find out more go to:

Community asset transfer guidance

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