Innovate and Cultivate Fund

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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

2020 quarterly grant application deadlines

1 February - Cultivate grants and Innovate grants
1 May - Cultivate grants only
1 August - Cultivate grants and Innovate grants
1 November - please note that the November 2020 funding round has been cancelled while we refresh the scheme

How to apply

You can find grant application forms and further information about fund priorities and criteria on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website. We strongly advise applicants to seek pre-application advice before submitting a grant application.

Pre-application advice sessions are held for each funding round and can be booked on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Inspiration for your community project

'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.