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Seven new local projects which will improve the lives of people in Cambridgeshire have been given the green light, thanks to the Innovate and Cultivate Fund.

The 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.

Members of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities and Partnership Committee have agreed to allocate funding to the applicants of the scheme – these are:

  • Meadows Children and Family Wing for ‘Freedom Forever Together’ (£49,477) - will support female victims of domestic abuse and their children who have been referred by safeguarding services.
  • Romsey Mill Trust for ‘Trumpington Youth Development’ (£49,063) – the project will support young peopleliving in the Trumpington area, particularly those who are vulnerable and often hard to engage with.
  • The Cinnamon Network CIO for ‘Demand Reduction Partnerships, Cambridgeshire’ (£17,800) - aims to work with five churches across the county to run projects that support people in communities that need it the most.
  • Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre for ‘Birth as a medium 4 change’ (£10,000) – the project will provide support and guidance to vulnerable women during and after pregnancy, who are from deprived areas of Cambridge and have been referred by safeguarding services.
  • East Leightonstone PCC for ‘Thrive Huntingdon’ (£10,000) – the funding will support their existing youth outreach project to expand its work into new high needs areas, with plans including opening additional youth cafes. 
  • Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust for ‘Ramsey Timebank’ (£7,500) – the funding will contribute towards establishing a timebank that will bring people in the community together to help one another.
  • Cambridgeshire Hearing Help for ‘Transforming our technology infrastructure to meet the demands of Cambridgeshire’s ageing population’ (£4,680) –funding to improve the organisation’s ability to provide hearing aid maintenance and support to people who face difficulties accessing mainstream services.

Since 2016 the fund has provided more than £546,000 to 24 organisations, including a group supporting parents of children with disabilities and another which supports people with learning disabilities to move into employment.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chairman of the Communities and Partnership Committee, Councillor Steve Criswell said: “It’s always uplifting to see amazing projects like these coming through the Innovate and Cultivate Fund.

“If you have great ideas that can help address the needs of local residents in Cambridgeshire, I would encourage you to come forward and apply through our next rounds of funding.”

The next round of funding deadlines are:

  • Small "Cultivate" grants (£2,000-£10,000) - 1 August 2018
  • Small Cultivate grants and large "Innovate" grants (£10,000-£50,000) - 1 November 2018

Applications and information are available on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website - http://www.cambscf.org.uk/icf.html.

Here is a video of the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk’s Shelford Dementia Hub. The organisation was awarded £49,999 in 2017 to develop and expand their networks of Family Carer Hubs across the county:


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