The Community Reach Fund (CRF) enables seed funding (up to £1,000) for community led projects that respond to the needs of children, young people and their families. We support project that can demonstrate:
- Community members developing their own initiatives and by doing so contributing to community resilience
- Be inclusive and have a shared benefit to their communities
- Motivate and empower other community members to take part and by doing so develop social capacity
- Develop opportunities for children, young people and their families to engage in positive activity which is beneficial to their health and wellbeing
We use the CRF as a tool to support new and developing community groups to explore their governance and safeguarding in a professional and meaningful way and to secure sufficient funding to get started. The application process starts by contacting your district YCC who will ensure your project fits the criteria so that no one is set up to fail. By building skills, confidence, support network and momentum we hope that groups will become sustainable and develop their professionalism through our community youth work offer, so that they can confidently and competently meet the needs of their community through their project.
Alongside the CRF, we offer a Community Enabler grant which has a similar process and focuses on the same criteria and enabled grants of up to £500 that support communities to respond at pace to a community issue that impacts children, young people and their families and enable a positive outcome.
To find out more, please email YouthinCommunities@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk.