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Up to one million pounds of funding is available from Cambridgeshire County Council to help amazing people, do amazing things, for others in the county.

Tomorrow (Sept 27) around 60 community groups, social enterprise and voluntary organisations interested in the Council’s Innovate and Cultivate Fund will come together at a workshop in St Ives to see how they can apply for funding for projects and ideas that help address the need of local residents.

Previously known as the Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund, the refreshed fund makes it easier for groups to apply for small grants of £2,000 - £10,000 and which help deliver Council priorities locally - helping innovative ideas to grow.

More than £170,000 has already been allocated from the fund, with successful applicants to date including a group supporting parents of children with disabilities and another which supports people with learning disabilities to move into employment. (County Council Chairman Cllr Mandy Smith will be meeting representatives from these organisations during the workshop event at (2:10pm)).

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chairman of the Communities and Partnership Committee, Councillor Steve Criswell hopes the fund can kick start even more local activity. He said, “If you have an idea that will improve people’s lives and which can extend local support in your community, please get in touch. We want to hear from you and help you achieve your goal.

“With our new look fund we want to hear from even more communities who may be looking to set up projects such warden schemes for older people, befriending schemes or support for young mums or people with disabilities. In fact the possibilities are endless.”

Workshops for groups looking to apply for the next round of funding, which take place this week, are already full- but further workshops for interested applicants will be held in February.

Organisations and local groups looking for further information can see full details at the Innovate and Cultivate website: http://www.cambscf.org.uk/icf.html

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has two funding streams:

Cultivate - small grants of £2,000 - £10,000 aimed at encouraging local networks where people help themselves and each other

Innovate - larger grants of up to £50,000 for big projects with big ideas that demonstrate an innovative approach within one of the seven funding priorities for Cambridgeshire

Watch our Innovate and Cultivate Film here: https://youtu.be/MpkJEyeH8s8

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