Cultivate Cambs fund

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About the fund

We are committed to creating a greener, fairer and more caring Cambridgeshire. Our Cultivate Cambs fund awards grants of £2,000 to £15,000 for initiatives that help to achieve this broad vision by supporting our residents to live independently, safe and well in thriving and inclusive communities.

The fund focuses on three of our strategic priorities:

  1. Health and care - people in Cambridgeshire enjoy healthy, safe and independent lives
  2. Children and young people - making sure they have the opportunity to thrive
  3. Places and communities - communities are inclusive, creative and equitable


Applicants need to consider how their project could take steps to help us combat climate change and improve the natural environment.

All project proposals must meet the following key fund criteria:

  • Reduce pressure on council services and / or offer direct savings for the council
  • Be either new or build on an existing project in a new location or with new beneficiaries
  • Benefit residents of Cambridgeshire (excludes residents of the Peterborough City Council local authority area)

We have opened the fund to:

  • Voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire
  • Public sector bodies in Cambridgeshire

Application deadlines

There are no further planned funding rounds.

How to apply

We encourage you to seek advice on your project proposal before submitting your grant application. We offer pre-application advice appointments for each funding round.

You can find the application form, pre-application advice appointments and further details about the fund on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website

Inspiration for your community project

Find inspiration, guidance and support for setting up and running projects that are known to strengthen communities and support vulnerable people. These include:

  • Enhanced community food projects
  • Care micro-enterprises
  • Mobile warden schemes
  • Community youth workers
  • Timebanks
  • Good neighbour schemes
  • Dementia-friendly communities
  • Men's sheds

Find out more about the projects by watching the videos below or by visiting the Cambridgeshire Insight website. They may inspire you to start a great community project.