News release from 17/01/2020

£9,500 granted to community clubs at end of 2019

In the last quarter of 2019, 11 small community groups from across South Cambridgeshire were awarded a total of £9,500 as part of the Council’s Community Chest grant scheme.

The Community Chest grants are available to voluntary and community groups wishing to improve the quality of life for people in South Cambridgeshire, and groups can apply for up to £1,000.

Groups can apply on a rolling basis during the year until that year’s pot has been allocated. During 2019/20, 42 groups have been awarded just over £33,000 to date. And, with an additional £20,000 added to the 2019/20 pot in October, groups can still apply for funding until March via our website.

Five successful applicants were awarded a total of £3,500 in October, to support projects including a new overhead rig to improve Cambridge Cangaroos Trampoline Club’s facilities; new equipment for Shepreth Spitfires Football Club; uniforms for Cottenham Brass Juniors band; eight new bowls collectors at Sawston Bowls Club; and two new youth clubs in Sawston and South Trumpington, set up by UK Unsigned Cambridge.

At the final Grants Advisory Committee in 2019, six applicants were successful in their bids to receive a total of £6,000. Projects that will be supported by these funds include the purchase of new posts at Duxford Lawn Tennis Club as part of a project to resurface the court; installing new library shelves at Hauxton Village Hall as part of a project to build a new village hall; replacing tiles at the Sawston Church Institute; a new playground train for Hinxton Parish Council; a new line marking machine for Oakington Vikings Football Club; and £1,000 for Active New Communities to buy a pool of sports equipment for residents.

A shed to store play equipment in

Kim Wilde from Gamlingay School’s Out Club, which also received funding in 2019, said: “The Community Chest application was a very easy process and we are delighted to have been awarded £495 – thank you. The grant has allowed Gamlingay School’s Out Club to complete the purchase of a new storage shed [pictured above] for our supplies and equipment. As a community group, the grant will significantly ease the burden on our small team of volunteers, who set up and close down our summer play group each year. It also benefits the many children who attend the playgroup as we can now invest more of our time and money into ensuring the club is well equipped for their enjoyment each summer.”

Cllr Jose Hales, Chair of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Grants Advisory Committee (pictured below), said: “From sports clubs and community buildings, to playgroups, musical groups and libraries, it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to support the people running this really rich mix of clubs for local communities. The great thing about the Community Chest grant is that it is open all year and awarded to applicants on a monthly basis. So even though we’re shouting about these recent successful applicants, the opportunity isn’t lost to other groups that might be seeking funding. We increased the total pot available in the autumn, so we’re encouraging local groups to make their bids by March.”

Councillor Jose Hales

Applicants to the Community Chest scheme can be non-profit groups or organisations based in South Cambridgeshire or benefiting the district’s residents. The projects must also meet a local need, leave a legacy for the community and ensure equality of access. Bids are reviewed on a monthly basis until March or until the year’s allocated funds have all been awarded.

The Council has funded the Community Chest scheme since 2011, handing out more than £550,000 in grants to local good causes in that time.