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Have you got an innovative project that improves people’s lives in your community but needs a financial boost to get it off the ground or grow into something inspiring and impactful? Our Innovate and Cultivate Fund is for you! 

Two projects which help address the needs of local residents in Cambridgeshire have been awarded ‘Cultivate’ grants at the Communities and Partnership Committee last week (27 September).

They are:

  • Disability Huntingdonshire’s Focus on Older People project (£7,767) - to provide benefits information, advice and support to older people to enable them to continue living independently.
  • Romsey Mill’s Aspire Programme (£9,903) – to extend the Aspire programme providing youth work support for young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition.

If you have a great project or idea, we want to hear from you and help you achieve your goal! The Innovate and Cultivate fund is worth up to one million pounds, and aims to invest in local community projects that help to deliver the council’s priorities for children, families, vulnerable adults, and older people.

Ruth Watt, co-ordinator of the Aspire Programme at Romsey Mill (Cambridge) explains how this extra funding will help them to support the lives of a further 50 children with autism. 

Ruth Watt - Aspire coordinator

David Underwood, Disability Huntingdonshire’s manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which will enable us to provide a new service for our older residents who could be entitled to Attendance Allowance (a benefit which helps with extra costs if a person has a disability or long-term condition severe enough that they need somebody to look after them).

“We know that older people tend to access benefits only once they have no other choice, either because they are not aware that they exist, or because they feel that they should be able to cope without them. Disability Huntingdonshire (DISH) will inform, support, and advise older people as soon as possible after they become eligible for Attendance Allowance, enabling them to continue to live at home.”

The next application deadline for both small “cultivate” and large “Innovate” grants is 1 November.

Find out more about the Fund and how to apply on https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/icf

For more information or to discuss your project, please contact Lianne Parrett on 01223 507 168 or [email protected]


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